Saturday, April 28, 2012

Five best books on newspaper owners

Amanda Smith is the author of Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson.

At the Wall Street Journal, she named a five best list of books about newspaper owners.

One title on the list:
by James McGrath Morris (2010)

A novel or miniseries chronicling the rags-to-riches saga of an Eastern European Jewish immigrant who becomes a crusading press baron, inaugurates the modern media age and dies a blind, embittered reactionary would likely be dismissed as implausible. Drawing deeply on previously untapped sources, James McGrath Morris creates a nuanced, captivating account of Joseph Pulitzer's life that is meticulous in its research but is also—inevitably, given the subject—a potboiler replete with scandal, murder, greed and conspiracy. Morris's fresh sources include Pulitzer's love letters and an unpublished memoir written by his brother, who committed suicide in 1909. "Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power" vividly illuminates the figure so often overshadowed by the prizes that bear his name.
Read about the other books on the list.

Pulitzer is one of T.J. Stiles's five best books on American moguls.

The Page 99 Test: Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power.

--Marshal Zeringue