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Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power [BOOKS] ✬ Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power ✶ James McGrath Morris – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk This epic biography, with its remarkable new research and vivid, fast paced writing, will delight anyone who wants to understand the tangled history of politics and the press in modern America Debby A This epic biography, with its remarkable new Life in MOBI ò research and vivid, fast paced writing, will delight anyone who wants Pulitzer: A Kindle - to understand the tangled history of politics and the press in modern America Debby Applegate, author of The Most A Life in PDF ☆ Famous Man in America The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher James McGrath Morris has given us everything we could have asked for in his new biography of Joseph Pulitzer Gracefully written and thoroughly researched, his biography is easily the best we have on this remarkable man who so profoundly influenced the worlds of politics and publishing David Nasaw, author of Andrew CarnegiePulitzer is James McGrath Morris s definitive biography of the Jewish Hungarian immigrant who created the modern American mass media the first comprehensive biography of this remarkable historical icon in thanyears.


10 thoughts on “Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power

  1. Louise Louise says:

    While James McGrath Morris is somewhat like a first time author, this volume ranks with the work of Ron Chernow, David McCullough, and H.W Brands I do not believe there is acomplete work on Pulitzer Besides the life of Pulitzer the parallel story, a history of modern journalism runs through this biography.Morris traces Joseph Pulitzer from his roots in Hungary to his arrival in the US as a Civil War conscript through his career in the dual arts of journalism and politics He is a hard d While James McGrath Morris is somewhat like a first time author, this volume ranks with the work of Ron Chernow, David McCullough, and H.W Brands I do not believe there is acomplete work on Pulitzer Besides the life of Pulitzer the parallel story, a history of modern journalism runs through this biography.Morris traces Joseph Pulitzer from his roots in Hungary to his arrival in the US as a Civil War conscript through his career in the dual arts of journalism and politics He is a hard driver of himself and others Pulitzer is impossible to work for, be related to or be around in general His generosity and concern for the common man stand in contrast to the many stories that illustrate his lack of consideration for others As he aged, the emotional cruelty he dished out seemed to intensify As he became wealthy, he becamesympathetic to the needs of business.Pulitzer s relationship with his brother Albert certainly raised my curiosity Here are two brothers, both arriving separately in the US not speaking English, and both independently of each other establishing successful English language newspapers Joseph s treatment of his brother, like his treatment of almost everyone else, is abominable Hopefully, someone, maybe Morris, will produce a book on this relationship alone.The chapter on TR Roosevelt and the Canal Zone was fascinating A movie could be made on this episode alone with wonderful espionage scenes in Panama and Colombia Roosevelt was wrong to use the apparatus of government to prosecute, but the newspaper and perhaps Pulitzer was equally wrong to hammer away on unsubstantiated charges In this instance, Pulitzer finally met his match.Through Pulitzer s story you see both the power and limitations of the press It is clear that it is not the pen that is mightier than the sword, but the ownership of that pen and the apparatus to distribute the writing You also see the limitations of this power Pulitzer could get his candidates elected but not always, and his editorials could only make a deciding factor in close elections He had to worry about competition and as today, he withheld stories when he felt they would spur the ire of someone important to his business or as in the period of the Canal related litigation, legal concerns.The story is huge and Morris delivers it at a good pace It was hard to remember all the reappearing journalists and editors, but the good index helped.I highly recommend this book for readers of biography and history I d like to see it nominated for a Pulitzer Prize


  2. Nancy Nancy says:

    Finished 06.11.2018Genre biographyRating C NonFicNovConclusion This book started slowly emigration from Hungary odd jobs in USA and local politics in St Louis Missouri.The narrative finally got interesting once Pulitzer becamea newspaper mogul in NYC.Pulitzer was obsessed with control over his empire and literally worked himself to death But what do you do with fame and fortune when yourhealth problems lock you up in a gilded cage GoodButNotGreatLast thoughts The most important lesson I Finished 06.11.2018Genre biographyRating C NonFicNovConclusion This book started slowly emigration from Hungary odd jobs in USA and local politics in St Louis Missouri.The narrative finally got interesting once Pulitzer becamea newspaper mogul in NYC.Pulitzer was obsessed with control over his empire and literally worked himself to death But what do you do with fame and fortune when yourhealth problems lock you up in a gilded cage GoodButNotGreatLast thoughts The most important lesson I learned The Pulitzer Formula Write a story so simply that anyone could read it and so colorfully that no one would forget it


  3. Athena Athena says:

    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 and anyone who wants to understand that time in America s history.I won a copy through First Reads and it arrived today I ve just started it, but so far it s an entertaining, informative read Looking forward toof the same.


  4. Frank Stein Frank Stein says:

    This is an impressive book about an amazing life, yet it somehow goes completely off the rails in the last third of it.Joseph Pulitzer was a typical middle class Hungarian Jewish child, enjoying the life of his small farming community and then the city of Pest later united with Buda , until the death of his father plunged his family into penury He also lost six of his seven siblings, and was forced to leave school and work for his keep He finally agreed to fight for the American Union Army in This is an impressive book about an amazing life, yet it somehow goes completely off the rails in the last third of it.Joseph Pulitzer was a typical middle class Hungarian Jewish child, enjoying the life of his small farming community and then the city of Pest later united with Buda , until the death of his father plunged his family into penury He also lost six of his seven siblings, and was forced to leave school and work for his keep He finally agreed to fight for the American Union Army in exchange for transportation to New York in 1864 Afterwards, he bummed around, became a St Louis reporter at the German language Westliche Post, and eventually acquired a noted St Louis English paper, where he broke stories about scandals in the Grant administration even while serving as a part time state legislator In 1883, just 35, he parlayed his growing fortune into buying the New York World, and turned it into the greatest circulation newspaper on Earth, sometimes reaching over half a million copies a day.Pulitzer was almost frantic in his work habits He would read every word of the next day s paper every night before going to bed, he would copy edit picayune details, he would hire and fire people on a whim and monitor every dollar and every penny of inflow and outflow All this work caused an almost complete breakdown just a few years after he acquired the World, and his stress helped cause his near total blindness in 1888 Pulitzer, although now one of the richest men on Earth, became a tragic figure, obsessed with total quiet, sailing the oceans in a sound proof room on his immense private yacht The problem is that book then details the last 23 years of his life as an endless series of doctors visits and reports of declining health, with almost no interesting moments about his public impact except for President Theodore Roosevelt s outrageous and failed criminal libel prosecution against him and the World in 1909 Pulitzer innovated reporting in many ways, such as his pithy writing style, his banner headlines, his ears or the commentary around the title of the paper on the first page , and simply in his ability to summon exciting campaigns like fundraising for the Statute of Liberty , but the author should have focused on those innovations instead of his gradual descent into invalidity After all, the first half of Pulitzer s life is exciting enough for a biography in its own right, even if the last half isn t


  5. Marieke Marieke says:

    Finally I finished this I m torn between 4 and 5 starsthis took me longer than i had intended and kept me from other reading i need want to be doing, but i don t regret a single moment i spent with this book I put it on my impulse buy shelf, but i didn t buy it I took it impulsively from the library and then renewed it twice without starting it Thinking i would finish it within a week, i really procrastinated Two days before it was originally due norenewals , i still had half t Finally I finished this I m torn between 4 and 5 starsthis took me longer than i had intended and kept me from other reading i need want to be doing, but i don t regret a single moment i spent with this book I put it on my impulse buy shelf, but i didn t buy it I took it impulsively from the library and then renewed it twice without starting it Thinking i would finish it within a week, i really procrastinated Two days before it was originally due norenewals , i still had half the book to read So i have read nothing else but this book since Thursday I was supposed to return it yesterday, but when I logged into my library account online, i saw a message that extended my loan period to tomorrow because of snow days in the past week that closed the county government yay so i ve finished it without rushing too much AND i won t have any fines to pay.I really thought it was excellent very readable for people interested in politics and the legislative process Pulitzer was very engaged in the political process, which i had not been aware of Also, the author did a fantastic job of creating an engaging tension throughout the book, despite very repetitive themes in Pulitzer s life medical ailments, travels around the world, emotional abuse of his family that could have become very tiresome.Pulitzer lived in a very interesting time, so I learned or was reminded of events i once learned about in school a lot about American history during a certain time period and got to see how professional journalism developed in that time Pulitzer immigrated to the U.S from Hungary just in time to fight in the Civil War on the Union side His experiences as an immigrant from an monarchical empire and as a soldier in the Civil War affected his political views deeply Initially he joined the Republican party, which was experiencing some internal fractiousness split between Radicals and Liberals but later joined the Democratic party and supported the Labor movement although at times that support was questionable He died just three years before World War 1 broke out Pulitzer believed strongly that a newspaper s job was to keep tabs on political forces the dynamic was fascinating In fact, the book opens and closes with the story of the acrimony that existed between Pulitzer and Theodore Roosevelt and the libel case that Roosevelt tried to develop against Pulitzer s World newspaper during his presidency I won t say anythingExcept maybe, that Pulitzer was a very strange man


  6. Blog on Books Blog on Books says:

    Given last week s awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes congratulations New York Times and Washington Post , now seemed like a good time to look deeper into the life of the award s namesake, Joseph Pulitzer.We begin by pointing out that there has not been a complete biography published on the turn of the century media scion in nearly forty years That is, until the recent release of James McGrath Morris new book Pulitzer A Life in Politics, Print and Power Harper A book, much like Walter Iss Given last week s awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes congratulations New York Times and Washington Post , now seemed like a good time to look deeper into the life of the award s namesake, Joseph Pulitzer.We begin by pointing out that there has not been a complete biography published on the turn of the century media scion in nearly forty years That is, until the recent release of James McGrath Morris new book Pulitzer A Life in Politics, Print and Power Harper A book, much like Walter Issakson s Einstein, that is at least partially the result of the discovery of a mass of new papers, in this case, discovered in the incestertial archives of Pulitzer s late brother, Albert In it, Morris an award winning biographer and editor of the publication The Biographer s Craft covers the range of Pulitzer s life from his arrival as a Jewish Hungarian immigrant to America in 1864, to his early days in St Louis political circles to his 1878 purchase at auction of the St Louis Evening Dispatch which he later merged to form the region s Post Dispatch , his eventual move to and creation of a New York power base with the New York World, to his ultimate untimely bout with blindness and an eventual lonely death.Along the way, Morris details the vast influences on Pulitzer s life, from the emergence of the industrial revolution, to his calls for political reform to his many run ins with powerful political figures even resulting in then President Teddy Roosevelt attempting to put Pulitzer in prison for his many anti TR pontifications Eerily reminiscent of some of the media barons of today, Pulitzer was both an engaging activist and a sometimes pugnacious media lord a precursor to the Murdochs and Turners of today s media world though his ultimate demise muchclosely resembles the life of another tormented recluse, Howard Hughes.Either way, young journalists or even the prize winners themselves, would be well served by Morris detailed account of a man who long ago forged the way for the Hearsts, Paleys, Luces and the other media moguls of the 20th century to do what they did in the name of journalist endeavor And for all those who know littlethan the name much like, say, Alfred Nobel , Pulitzer fills the gaps in an important piece of our domestic history


  7. Amy Amy says:

    Interesting look at someone who influenced journalism, but all most of us know about him is the yellow journalism and helping Hearst to start the Spanish American war with the sinking of the Maine This goes far beyond that, digging into his childhood in Hungary and his life as a Jewish millionaire in turn of the century New York While there were some slow portions, the look at his early life and young manhood was outstanding read.


  8. The Book Studio The Book Studio says:

    Watch Bethanne Patrick interview James McGrath Morris about his book Pulitzer A Life in Politics, Print, and Power on The Book Studio Watch Bethanne Patrick interview James McGrath Morris about his book Pulitzer A Life in Politics, Print, and Power on The Book Studio


  9. Steve Steve says:

    Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010 Learned about this book from Jeffrey Brown s interview with the author on the PBS NewsHour.


  10. Jim Jim says:

    A solid biography of a leading figure in late 19th century politics and business who would be largely forgotten were it not for the contemporary significance of his last name The author accomplishes the two main things I seek in a good biography a relatively objective portrayal of the subject and a well presented account of the social economic political environment in which the subject lived Credit is given where it s due, but Pulitzer s shortcomings as husband, father, and business owner are A solid biography of a leading figure in late 19th century politics and business who would be largely forgotten were it not for the contemporary significance of his last name The author accomplishes the two main things I seek in a good biography a relatively objective portrayal of the subject and a well presented account of the social economic political environment in which the subject lived Credit is given where it s due, but Pulitzer s shortcomings as husband, father, and business owner are equally presented, usually without defense since there is none, in most cases The last quarter of the book deals mostly with Pulitzer s travels and interactions or lack of with his family and business associates, since he had largely begun to separate himself from the business he created It s during this time, however, that two things are lacking for me First, I would have liked to have had a littledetail on Pulitzer s fight with Teddy Roosevelt over the latter s attempt to use the federal government s prosecuting powers to indict Pulitzer for libel due to disparaging remarks about TR s involvement in the Panama Canal acquisition The second, while beyond the true scope of the book, is the eventual financial hardship and sale of Pulitzer s newspaper by his heirs Overall, a great look into a largely overlooked figure who transformed America s social and political irony In a bit of irony, I find it interesting that Pulitzer is knownfor his endowment of the Columbia School of Journalism and the award named after him after his death than he is for the groundbreaking newspaper business and editorial style that he created in life


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10 thoughts on “Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power

  1. Louise Louise says:

    While James McGrath Morris is somewhat like a first time author, this volume ranks with the work of Ron Chernow, David McCullough, and H.W Brands I do not believe there is acomplete work on Pulitzer Besides the life of Pulitzer the parallel story, a history of modern journalism runs through this biography.Morris traces Joseph Pulitzer from his roots in Hungary to his arrival in the US as a Civil War conscript through his career in the dual arts of journalism and politics He is a hard d While James McGrath Morris is somewhat like a first time author, this volume ranks with the work of Ron Chernow, David McCullough, and H.W Brands I do not believe there is acomplete work on Pulitzer Besides the life of Pulitzer the parallel story, a history of modern journalism runs through this biography.Morris traces Joseph Pulitzer from his roots in Hungary to his arrival in the US as a Civil War conscript through his career in the dual arts of journalism and politics He is a hard driver of himself and others Pulitzer is impossible to work for, be related to or be around in general His generosity and concern for the common man stand in contrast to the many stories that illustrate his lack of consideration for others As he aged, the emotional cruelty he dished out seemed to intensify As he became wealthy, he becamesympathetic to the needs of business.Pulitzer s relationship with his brother Albert certainly raised my curiosity Here are two brothers, both arriving separately in the US not speaking English, and both independently of each other establishing successful English language newspapers Joseph s treatment of his brother, like his treatment of almost everyone else, is abominable Hopefully, someone, maybe Morris, will produce a book on this relationship alone.The chapter on TR Roosevelt and the Canal Zone was fascinating A movie could be made on this episode alone with wonderful espionage scenes in Panama and Colombia Roosevelt was wrong to use the apparatus of government to prosecute, but the newspaper and perhaps Pulitzer was equally wrong to hammer away on unsubstantiated charges In this instance, Pulitzer finally met his match.Through Pulitzer s story you see both the power and limitations of the press It is clear that it is not the pen that is mightier than the sword, but the ownership of that pen and the apparatus to distribute the writing You also see the limitations of this power Pulitzer could get his candidates elected but not always, and his editorials could only make a deciding factor in close elections He had to worry about competition and as today, he withheld stories when he felt they would spur the ire of someone important to his business or as in the period of the Canal related litigation, legal concerns.The story is huge and Morris delivers it at a good pace It was hard to remember all the reappearing journalists and editors, but the good index helped.I highly recommend this book for readers of biography and history I d like to see it nominated for a Pulitzer Prize

  2. Nancy Nancy says:

    Finished 06.11.2018Genre biographyRating C NonFicNovConclusion This book started slowly emigration from Hungary odd jobs in USA and local politics in St Louis Missouri.The narrative finally got interesting once Pulitzer becamea newspaper mogul in NYC.Pulitzer was obsessed with control over his empire and literally worked himself to death But what do you do with fame and fortune when yourhealth problems lock you up in a gilded cage GoodButNotGreatLast thoughts The most important lesson I Finished 06.11.2018Genre biographyRating C NonFicNovConclusion This book started slowly emigration from Hungary odd jobs in USA and local politics in St Louis Missouri.The narrative finally got interesting once Pulitzer becamea newspaper mogul in NYC.Pulitzer was obsessed with control over his empire and literally worked himself to death But what do you do with fame and fortune when yourhealth problems lock you up in a gilded cage GoodButNotGreatLast thoughts The most important lesson I learned The Pulitzer Formula Write a story so simply that anyone could read it and so colorfully that no one would forget it

  3. Athena Athena says:

    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 and anyone who wants to understand that time in America s history.I won a copy through First Reads and it arrived today I ve just started it, but so far it s an entertaining, informative read Looking forward toof the same.

  4. Frank Stein Frank Stein says:

    This is an impressive book about an amazing life, yet it somehow goes completely off the rails in the last third of it.Joseph Pulitzer was a typical middle class Hungarian Jewish child, enjoying the life of his small farming community and then the city of Pest later united with Buda , until the death of his father plunged his family into penury He also lost six of his seven siblings, and was forced to leave school and work for his keep He finally agreed to fight for the American Union Army in This is an impressive book about an amazing life, yet it somehow goes completely off the rails in the last third of it.Joseph Pulitzer was a typical middle class Hungarian Jewish child, enjoying the life of his small farming community and then the city of Pest later united with Buda , until the death of his father plunged his family into penury He also lost six of his seven siblings, and was forced to leave school and work for his keep He finally agreed to fight for the American Union Army in exchange for transportation to New York in 1864 Afterwards, he bummed around, became a St Louis reporter at the German language Westliche Post, and eventually acquired a noted St Louis English paper, where he broke stories about scandals in the Grant administration even while serving as a part time state legislator In 1883, just 35, he parlayed his growing fortune into buying the New York World, and turned it into the greatest circulation newspaper on Earth, sometimes reaching over half a million copies a day.Pulitzer was almost frantic in his work habits He would read every word of the next day s paper every night before going to bed, he would copy edit picayune details, he would hire and fire people on a whim and monitor every dollar and every penny of inflow and outflow All this work caused an almost complete breakdown just a few years after he acquired the World, and his stress helped cause his near total blindness in 1888 Pulitzer, although now one of the richest men on Earth, became a tragic figure, obsessed with total quiet, sailing the oceans in a sound proof room on his immense private yacht The problem is that book then details the last 23 years of his life as an endless series of doctors visits and reports of declining health, with almost no interesting moments about his public impact except for President Theodore Roosevelt s outrageous and failed criminal libel prosecution against him and the World in 1909 Pulitzer innovated reporting in many ways, such as his pithy writing style, his banner headlines, his ears or the commentary around the title of the paper on the first page , and simply in his ability to summon exciting campaigns like fundraising for the Statute of Liberty , but the author should have focused on those innovations instead of his gradual descent into invalidity After all, the first half of Pulitzer s life is exciting enough for a biography in its own right, even if the last half isn t

  5. Marieke Marieke says:

    Finally I finished this I m torn between 4 and 5 starsthis took me longer than i had intended and kept me from other reading i need want to be doing, but i don t regret a single moment i spent with this book I put it on my impulse buy shelf, but i didn t buy it I took it impulsively from the library and then renewed it twice without starting it Thinking i would finish it within a week, i really procrastinated Two days before it was originally due norenewals , i still had half t Finally I finished this I m torn between 4 and 5 starsthis took me longer than i had intended and kept me from other reading i need want to be doing, but i don t regret a single moment i spent with this book I put it on my impulse buy shelf, but i didn t buy it I took it impulsively from the library and then renewed it twice without starting it Thinking i would finish it within a week, i really procrastinated Two days before it was originally due norenewals , i still had half the book to read So i have read nothing else but this book since Thursday I was supposed to return it yesterday, but when I logged into my library account online, i saw a message that extended my loan period to tomorrow because of snow days in the past week that closed the county government yay so i ve finished it without rushing too much AND i won t have any fines to pay.I really thought it was excellent very readable for people interested in politics and the legislative process Pulitzer was very engaged in the political process, which i had not been aware of Also, the author did a fantastic job of creating an engaging tension throughout the book, despite very repetitive themes in Pulitzer s life medical ailments, travels around the world, emotional abuse of his family that could have become very tiresome.Pulitzer lived in a very interesting time, so I learned or was reminded of events i once learned about in school a lot about American history during a certain time period and got to see how professional journalism developed in that time Pulitzer immigrated to the U.S from Hungary just in time to fight in the Civil War on the Union side His experiences as an immigrant from an monarchical empire and as a soldier in the Civil War affected his political views deeply Initially he joined the Republican party, which was experiencing some internal fractiousness split between Radicals and Liberals but later joined the Democratic party and supported the Labor movement although at times that support was questionable He died just three years before World War 1 broke out Pulitzer believed strongly that a newspaper s job was to keep tabs on political forces the dynamic was fascinating In fact, the book opens and closes with the story of the acrimony that existed between Pulitzer and Theodore Roosevelt and the libel case that Roosevelt tried to develop against Pulitzer s World newspaper during his presidency I won t say anythingExcept maybe, that Pulitzer was a very strange man

  6. Blog on Books Blog on Books says:

    Given last week s awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes congratulations New York Times and Washington Post , now seemed like a good time to look deeper into the life of the award s namesake, Joseph Pulitzer.We begin by pointing out that there has not been a complete biography published on the turn of the century media scion in nearly forty years That is, until the recent release of James McGrath Morris new book Pulitzer A Life in Politics, Print and Power Harper A book, much like Walter Iss Given last week s awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes congratulations New York Times and Washington Post , now seemed like a good time to look deeper into the life of the award s namesake, Joseph Pulitzer.We begin by pointing out that there has not been a complete biography published on the turn of the century media scion in nearly forty years That is, until the recent release of James McGrath Morris new book Pulitzer A Life in Politics, Print and Power Harper A book, much like Walter Issakson s Einstein, that is at least partially the result of the discovery of a mass of new papers, in this case, discovered in the incestertial archives of Pulitzer s late brother, Albert In it, Morris an award winning biographer and editor of the publication The Biographer s Craft covers the range of Pulitzer s life from his arrival as a Jewish Hungarian immigrant to America in 1864, to his early days in St Louis political circles to his 1878 purchase at auction of the St Louis Evening Dispatch which he later merged to form the region s Post Dispatch , his eventual move to and creation of a New York power base with the New York World, to his ultimate untimely bout with blindness and an eventual lonely death.Along the way, Morris details the vast influences on Pulitzer s life, from the emergence of the industrial revolution, to his calls for political reform to his many run ins with powerful political figures even resulting in then President Teddy Roosevelt attempting to put Pulitzer in prison for his many anti TR pontifications Eerily reminiscent of some of the media barons of today, Pulitzer was both an engaging activist and a sometimes pugnacious media lord a precursor to the Murdochs and Turners of today s media world though his ultimate demise muchclosely resembles the life of another tormented recluse, Howard Hughes.Either way, young journalists or even the prize winners themselves, would be well served by Morris detailed account of a man who long ago forged the way for the Hearsts, Paleys, Luces and the other media moguls of the 20th century to do what they did in the name of journalist endeavor And for all those who know littlethan the name much like, say, Alfred Nobel , Pulitzer fills the gaps in an important piece of our domestic history

  7. Amy Amy says:

    Interesting look at someone who influenced journalism, but all most of us know about him is the yellow journalism and helping Hearst to start the Spanish American war with the sinking of the Maine This goes far beyond that, digging into his childhood in Hungary and his life as a Jewish millionaire in turn of the century New York While there were some slow portions, the look at his early life and young manhood was outstanding read.

  8. The Book Studio The Book Studio says:

    Watch Bethanne Patrick interview James McGrath Morris about his book Pulitzer A Life in Politics, Print, and Power on The Book Studio Watch Bethanne Patrick interview James McGrath Morris about his book Pulitzer A Life in Politics, Print, and Power on The Book Studio

  9. Steve Steve says:

    Wednesday, 24 Feb 2010 Learned about this book from Jeffrey Brown s interview with the author on the PBS NewsHour.

  10. Jim Jim says:

    A solid biography of a leading figure in late 19th century politics and business who would be largely forgotten were it not for the contemporary significance of his last name The author accomplishes the two main things I seek in a good biography a relatively objective portrayal of the subject and a well presented account of the social economic political environment in which the subject lived Credit is given where it s due, but Pulitzer s shortcomings as husband, father, and business owner are A solid biography of a leading figure in late 19th century politics and business who would be largely forgotten were it not for the contemporary significance of his last name The author accomplishes the two main things I seek in a good biography a relatively objective portrayal of the subject and a well presented account of the social economic political environment in which the subject lived Credit is given where it s due, but Pulitzer s shortcomings as husband, father, and business owner are equally presented, usually without defense since there is none, in most cases The last quarter of the book deals mostly with Pulitzer s travels and interactions or lack of with his family and business associates, since he had largely begun to separate himself from the business he created It s during this time, however, that two things are lacking for me First, I would have liked to have had a littledetail on Pulitzer s fight with Teddy Roosevelt over the latter s attempt to use the federal government s prosecuting powers to indict Pulitzer for libel due to disparaging remarks about TR s involvement in the Panama Canal acquisition The second, while beyond the true scope of the book, is the eventual financial hardship and sale of Pulitzer s newspaper by his heirs Overall, a great look into a largely overlooked figure who transformed America s social and political irony In a bit of irony, I find it interesting that Pulitzer is knownfor his endowment of the Columbia School of Journalism and the award named after him after his death than he is for the groundbreaking newspaper business and editorial style that he created in life

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