Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Feb 9, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
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Like Alfred Nobel, Joseph Pulitzer is better known today for the prize that bears his name than for his contribution to history. Yet, in nineteenth-century industrial America, while Carnegie provided the steel, Rockefeller the oil, Morgan the money, and Vanderbilt the railroads, Pulitzer ushered in the modern mass media.

James McGrath Morris traces the epic story of this Jewish Hungarian immigrant's rise through American politics and into journalism where he accumulated immense power and wealth, only to fall blind and become a lonely, tormented recluse wandering the globe. But not before Pulitzer transformed American journalism into a medium of mass consumption and immense influence. As the first media baron to recognize the vast social changes of the industrial revolution, he harnessed all the converging elements of entertainment, technology, business, and demographics, and made the newspaper an essential feature of urban life. Pulitzer used his influence to advance a progressive political agenda and his power to fight those who opposed him. The course he followed led him to battle Theodore Roosevelt who, when President, tried to send Pulitzer to prison. The grueling legal battles Pulitzer endured for freedom of the press changed the landscape of American newspapers and politics.

Based on years of research and newly discovered documents, Pulitzer is a classic, magisterial biography and a gripping portrait of an American icon.

  

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User Review  - Athenable - LibraryThing

Update: one of the best books I've read in a long time. Pulitzer shaped this country with his sharp intelligence and insistence on journalistic independence. I highly recommend it to biography lovers ... Read full review

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User Review  - Todd Thompson - Goodreads

The role of the press as an independent, critical, and forceful power in a free society was the crowning accomplishment of Joseph Pulitzer. James McGrath Morris' biography of Pulitzer, published in ... Read full review

Contents

Havana 1909
1
18471878
2
Hungary
9
Boots and Saddles
20
The Promised Land
29
Politics and Journalism
43
Politics and Gunpowder
56
Left Behind
70
Raising Liberty
233
A Blind Croesus
248
Samson Agonistes
269
Darkness
284
Caged Eagle
299
Trouble from the West
319
Yellow
337
The Great God Success
349

Politics and Rebellion
80
Politics and Principle
95
Founding Father
111
Fraud and His Fraudulency
124
Nannie and Kate
138
18781888 12 A Paper of His Own
149
Success
162
Dark Lantern
175
St Louis Grows Small
190
The Great Theater
204
Kingmaker
221
Fleeing His Shadow
361
Captured for the Ages
383
Forever Unsatisfied
399
Clash of Titans
417
A Short Remaining Span
441
Softly Very Softly
456
Acknowledgments
465
Notes
471
Bibliography
531
Index
537
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About the author (2010)

James McGrath Morris is the author of The Rose Man of Sing Sing, selected as a Washington Post Best Book of 2004. He is the editor of the monthly Biographer's Craft, and his writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Observer, and other newspapers and magazines.

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