Double Vision: Reflections on My Heritage, Life, and Profession

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Beacon Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 241 pages
Bagdikian's book spans the human gamut, from the time of his birth when he was almost left for dead during a massacre of Armenians in Turkey to his becoming an editor of a leading American daily and a dean of the School of Journalism at Berkeley. As a child, Bagdikian lived in two worlds - the world of his puritanical clergyman-father, whose parish was in a small New England town, and the world of his truck-driver uncle and his grandfather who made bathtub beer during Prohibition. Bagdikian had to attend church regularly but he made money for college tuition on a boardwalk with friends who were pitchmen and gamblers. As a professional journalist, Bagdikian continued his insider-outsider roles - his double vision - as one of the country's leading journalists and as a leading critic of his own profession. An enemy of secrecy in government, as editor at the Washington Post Bagdikian obtained and was instrumental in overcoming governmental censorship in publishing the secret "Pentagon Papers" on the Vietnam War.

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A scattershot recounting of a life spent in journalism, as well as a critique of the way news is gathered and reported. In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Bagdikian (The Media Monopoly, 1983, etc ... Read full review

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Bagdikian might have been better served had he written a full-scale autobiography rather than this partial memoir that describes some of his colorful life and some of his exemplary career as a ... Read full review


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Ben Haig Bagdikian was born in Marash, Turkey on January 30, 1920. The family fled the massacre of Armenians when he was an infant. They settled in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Clark University in 1941 and worked briefly as a reporter for The Springfield Morning Union in Massachusetts. After serving as a navigator in World War II, he joined The Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin in Rhode Island in 1947. He was a member of a team that won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for deadline coverage of a bank robbery. From 1963 to 1967, he was a Washington-based contributing editor of The Saturday Evening Post and wrote freelance articles for several publications including The New York Times Magazine. He studied the news media for the RAND Corporation from 1967 to 1969. After joining The Washington Post in 1970, he became an assistant managing editor. From 1972 to 1974, he wrote for The Columbia Journalism Review. He taught journalism at Berkeley College from 1976 until retiring in 1990. His first book, In the Midst of Plenty: The Poor in America, was published in 1964. His other books included The Information Machines: Their Impact on Men and the Media, The Effete Conspiracy and Other Crimes by the Press, The Media Monopoly, and The New Media Monopoly. He also wrote the memoir Double Vision: Reflections on My Heritage, Life and Profession. He died on March 11, 2016 at the age of 96.

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