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Crackling with the personalities, conflicts, and ambitions that transformed the media from something that followed the news to something that formed it, The Powers That Be is David Halberstam's forceful account of the rise of modern media as an instrument of political power, published here with a new introduction by the author.

Beginning with FDR's masterful use of radio to establish the sense of a benevolently paternal relationship with the American people and culminating in the discovery and coverage of the Watergate break-in, Halberstam tracks the firm establishment of the media as a potent means of shaping both public opinion and public policy. He tells the story through vivid, intimate portraits of the men, women, and politics behind four key media organizations: CBS and its board chairman, William S. Paley; Time magazine and its cofounder, Henry Luce; the Washington Post and successive publishers Philip Graham and his wife, Katherine; and the Los Angeles Times and publishers Norman Chandler and his son, Otis.

Review:

"Halberstam deploys a stunning novelistic skill in showing how his scores of characters feel about one another....Every page carries a graphic revelation of some piece of subtle delineation, flashes of insight struck off by the adjacencies of power. So understanding is the reporting that the skeletons, once hauled from their closets, don't rattle much." Anthony Smith, The Nation

Review:

"[An] important and admirable book...The Powers That Be will remain stirring history." Richard Rovere, New York Times Book Review

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"The Powers That Be is extremely good reading. It builds a lucid and engaging narrative about important people and important events and...will keep readers up after bedtime. It is also crammed with anecdotes available only to insiders." American Journal of Sociology

Synopsis:

A forceful account of the rise of modern media as an instrument of political power, with a new introduction by the author.

About the Author

David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist formerly with the New York Times, is the author of The Best and the Brightest, The Fifties, and The Amateurs, among many other books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252069413
Author:
Halberstam, David
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Author:
Halberstam, David
Location:
Urbana :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Press and politics
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Press and politics -- United States.
Subject:
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Illinois pbk.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
792
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.00 in

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Product details 792 pages University of Illinois Press - English 9780252069413 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Halberstam deploys a stunning novelistic skill in showing how his scores of characters feel about one another....Every page carries a graphic revelation of some piece of subtle delineation, flashes of insight struck off by the adjacencies of power. So understanding is the reporting that the skeletons, once hauled from their closets, don't rattle much."
"Review" by , "[An] important and admirable book...The Powers That Be will remain stirring history."
"Review" by , "The Powers That Be is extremely good reading. It builds a lucid and engaging narrative about important people and important events and...will keep readers up after bedtime. It is also crammed with anecdotes available only to insiders."
"Synopsis" by , A forceful account of the rise of modern media as an instrument of political power, with a new introduction by the author.
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