The Powers That Be

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Open Road Media, Dec 18, 2012 - Social Science - 792 pages
A Pulitzer Prize winner’s in-depth look at four media-business giants: CBS-TV, Time magazine, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

In this fascinating New York Times bestseller, the author of The Best and the Brightest, The Fifties, and other acclaimed histories turns his investigative eye to the rise of the American media in the twentieth century.
 
Focusing on the successes and failures of CBS Television, Time magazine, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, David Halberstam paints a portrait of the era when large, powerful mainstream media sources emerged as a force, showing how they shifted from simply reporting the news to becoming a part of it. By examining landmark events such as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s masterful use of the radio and the unprecedented coverage of the Watergate break-in, Halberstam demonstrates how print and broadcast media as a whole became a player in society and helped shape public policy.
 
Drawn from hundreds of exhaustive interviews with insiders at each company, and hailed by the Seattle Times as “a monumental X-ray study of power,” The Powers That Be reveals the tugs-of-war between political ambition and the quest for truth in a page-turning read.
 This ebook features an extended biography of David Halberstam.
 

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

This is a long book for what it says. A mass of details were accumulated about people who are powers in the American Media, and discharged upon the public. There's not much analysis of the data, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

A daunting and somewhat overwhelming history of some of the media outlets that have shaped modern American history - CBS, Time, the LA Times, the NY Times, and the Washington Post. Some time has ... Read full review

Contents

Prelude
Part
Time Incorporated
The Los Angeles Times
The Washington Post
Part II
The New York Times
The Los Angeles Times
Time Incorporated
The Washington Post
Time Incorporated
The Los Angeles Times
Time Incorporated
Epilogues
The Washington Post
The Los Angeles Times

The Washington Post
The Los Angeles Times
Chapter 12Time Incorporated
The Washington Post
The Los Angeles Times
Part III
Time Incorporated
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index
A Biography of David Halberstam
Copyright

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David Halberstam (1934–2007) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author. He is best known for both his courageous coverage of the Vietnam War for the New York Times, as well as for his twenty-one nonfiction books—which cover a wide array of topics, from the plight of Detroit and the auto industry to the captivating origins of baseball’s fiercest rivalry. Halberstam wrote for numerous publications throughout his career and, according to journalist George Packer, single-handedly set the standard of “the reporter as fearless truth teller.” Halberstam died in 2007.

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