Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson - Amanda Smith

Before there was Katharine Graham at The Washington Post, there was Cissy Patterson (1881-1948), editor-in-chief at The Washington Times-Herald. The life of this Newspaper Titan (Knopf, $37.50) is colorful enough to keep readers turning all 500-plus pages of local author Amanda Smith’s insightful new biography. No more experienced than Graham was when she came to the job, Patterson was also every bit as successful, raising the Times-Herald from a lackluster low-circulation daily to the leading newspaper in our capital city. Patterson’s very personal style of journalism insisted upon the sensational and transformed the paper into a “pugnacious, tattling, picture-packed” tabloid with an enormous legal budget for libel suits. Patterson matched this with her equally flamboyant private life. An impulsive, fun-loving, and backbiting collector of personal enemies, she lived a life straight out of a Henry James novel.

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ISBN: 9780375411007
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Published: Knopf - September 6th, 2011

Into the Story: A Writer's Journey Through Life, Politics, Sports and Loss - David Maraniss

In the hands of a great reporter and a thoughtful individual, a set of essays can become a way of having a wonderful conversation. In Into The Story (Simon & Schuster, $26) David Maraniss has included an array of work—pieces from his books on Clinton, Roberto Clemente, Vince Lombardi—and from his journalism. He offers the moving portrait of Clark Welch’s return to Vietnam and a horrifying eyewitness account of the events of 9-ll. The collection showcases the range of Maraniss’s interests: politics, sports, friendship, and family. While I had read many of the articles before, I found myself rereading them with great pleasure. Gathered together as chapters in this book, they reflect Maraniss’s admirable craft and sensibility. A great reporter does more than relate the news; he filters it through his education, experience, and moral sense. It is particularly the last of these which I enjoyed here.

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ISBN: 9781439160039
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 4th, 2011