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Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power

by James McGrath Morris

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Like Alfred Nobel, Joseph Pulitzer is better known today for the prize that bears his name than his contribution to history. Yet, in 19th-century industrial America, Pulitzer invented the modern mass media. Morris offers the definitive biography of this remarkable icon."Comprehensive biography of media mogul Joseph Pulitzer"--Provided by publisher.… (more)
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An excellent biography of Pulitzer, whose life makes for totally engrossing reading (though he seemed like a real pill). The author's deep and thorough research is obvious, but the book remains thoroughly readable. ( )
  JBD1 | Jun 20, 2019 |
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 to more of the same. ( )
  Athenable | Jan 10, 2014 |
this is the age my grandfather grew from; more later when i finish the book; initial reaction: good book, unpleasant man! ( )
  applemcg | Jun 10, 2012 |
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added by Shortride | editBookforum, Michael Lind (Apr 1, 2010)
 
No doubt I will not be the only one to remark upon the timing of this excellent book: a thorough, possibly definitive biography of the man who shaped the modern newspaper more than anyone else -- being published at the precise moment when the modern newspaper is staring into the abyss. ...

There have been other biographies of Pulitzer, most notably W.A. Swanberg's published in 1967, but James McGrath Morris's is the best. It is authoritative, lucid and fair ...
 
The drama of Pulitzer's own life story rivals any that might appear in his news pages.
added by Shortride | editAssociated Press, Jerry Harkavy (Feb 14, 2010)
 
"Morris deftly outlines the transformations of this era by focusing on Pulitzer's own story...The most fascinating part of the biography, though, is Morris' depiction of the blindness that beset Pulitzer at the height of his fame...Morris gives a fascinating portrayal of the man, his era, and his long-ranging impact."
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Like Alfred Nobel, Joseph Pulitzer is better known today for the prize that bears his name than his contribution to history. Yet, in 19th-century industrial America, Pulitzer invented the modern mass media. Morris offers the definitive biography of this remarkable icon."Comprehensive biography of media mogul Joseph Pulitzer"--Provided by publisher.

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