City Room

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Berkley Books, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 664 pages
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A New York Times Notable Book

Arthur Gelb was hired by The New York Times in 1944 as a night copyboy?the paper's lowliest position. Forty-five years later, he retired as its managing editor. Along the way, he exposed crooked cops and politicians, mentored a generation of our most-talented journalists, was the first to praise the as-yet-undiscovered Woody Allen and Barbra Streisand, and brought Joe Papp instant recognition. From D-Day to the liberation of the concentration camps, from the agony of Vietnam to the resignation of a President, from the fall of Joe McCarthy to the rise of the ?Woodstock Nation, Gelb gives an insider's take on the great events of this nation's history?what he calls ?the happiest days of my life.

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The author began working at the The New York Times in 1944 at age 20. He retired 45 years later as a top editor. Published in 2003, City Room tells the story of those 45 years, emphasizing the ... Read full review

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this book should be one of the world's best autobiography....this book was like good company sitting next to me and sharing insights that might seem at once unique and familiar..from this book i met ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Arthur Gelb joined the New York Timesin 1944, when manual typewriters, green eyeshades, spittoons, floors littered with cigarette butts, and two bookies were what he found in the city room. Gelb, who had just turned twenty, began as a copyboy. When he retired at the mandatory age of 65, he was managing editor. Gelb is now director of The New York TimesCollege Scholarship Program.

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