William Randolph Hearst: The Early Years, 1863-1910

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Oxford University Press, 1998年4月16日 - 384 頁
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William Randolph Hearst was one of the most colorful and important figures of turn-of-the-century America, a man who changed the face of American journalism and whose influence extends to the present day. Now, in William Randolph Hearst, Ben Procter gives us the most authoritative account of Hearst's extraordinary career in newspapers and politics. Born to great wealth--his father was a partial owner of four fabulously rich mines--Hearst began his career in his early twenties by revitalizing a rundown newspaper, the San Franciso Examiner. Hearst took what had been a relatively sedate form of communicating information and essentially created the modern tabloid, complete with outrageous headlines, human interest stories, star columnists, comic strips, wide photo coverage, and crusading zeal. His papers fairly bristled with life. By 1910 he had built a newspaper empire--eight papers and two magazines read by nearly three million people. Hearst did much to create "yellow journalism"--with the emphasis on sensationalism and the lowering of journalistic standards. But Procter shows that Hearst's papers were also challenging and innovative and powerful: They exposed corruption, advocated progressive reforms, strongly supported recent immigrants, became a force in the Democratic Party, and helped ignite the Spanish-American War. Procter vividly depicts Hearst's own political career from his 1902 election to Congress to his presidential campaign in 1904 and his bitter defeats in New York's Mayoral and Gubernatorial races. Written with a broad narrative sweep and based on previously unavailable letters and manuscripts, William Randoph Hearst illuminates the character and era of the man who left an indelible mark on American journalism.

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WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST: The Early Years, 1863-1910

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An intensely detailed but still superficial chronicle of the media baron's life through early middle age. Hearst newspapers didn't tell the news; they used it as a means for conveying a point of view ... 閱讀評論全文

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1 The Romantic Legend of the Hearsts
1
2 The Rebel from California
11
3 The Newspaperman
37
4 Monarch of the Dailies
59
5 News War in New York
79
6 Yellow Journalism
95
7 The journals War
115
8 Political Activist
135
Illustrations
150
9 Running for President
163
10 Uncrowned Mayor of New York
193
11 Patron Saint of the Independents
229
Notes
265
Index
335
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第 172 頁 - The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for — not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men to whom God in His infinite wisdom has given the control of the property interests of the country, and upon the successful Management of which so much depends.
第 103 頁 - EVERYTHING IS QUIET, THERE IS NO TROUBLE HERE. THERE WILL BE NO WAR. I WISH TO RETURN REMINGTON Hearst replied: PLEASE REMAIN. YOU FURNISH THE PICTURES AND I'LL FURNISH THE WAR...
第 103 頁 - Blood on the roadsides, blood in the fields, blood on the doorsteps, blood, blood, blood! The old, the young, the weak, the crippled — all are butchered without mercy.
第 41 頁 - Thirdly, we must advertise the paper from Oregon to New Mexico and must also increase our number of advertisements if we have to lower our rates to do it, thus we can put on the first page that our circulation is such and our advertisements so and so and constantly increasing. And now having spoken of the three great essential points let us turn to details. The illustrations are a detail, though a very important one. Illustrations embellish a page; illustrations attract the eye and stimulate the...
第 221 頁 - I shall accept the nomination without pledge, other than to do my duty according to my conscience. If elected, it will be my ambition to give the state a sane, efficient and honorable administration, free from taint of bossism or of servitude to any private interest.
第 xiii 頁 - Staley, director of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas...
第 122 頁 - I wish you would at once make preparations so that in case the Spanish fleet actually starts for Manila we can buy some big English steamer at the eastern end of the Mediterranean and take her to some part of the Suez Canal, where we can then sink her and obstruct the passage of the Spanish warships.
第 44 頁 - Call.] In a year we will have increased at least ten thousand in circulation. In two years we will be paying. And in five years we will be the biggest paper on the Pacific slope. We won't be paying for two years because up to that time I purpose turning back into the improvement of the paper every cent that comes in.
第 41 頁 - ... strange fondness for our little paper — a tenderness like unto that which a mother feels for a puny or deformed offspring, and I should hate to see it die now after it had battled so long and so nobly for existence; in fact, to tell the truth, I am possessed of the weakness which at some time or other of their lives pervades most men; I am convinced that I could run a newspaper successfully.
第 106 頁 - Telegraph to our correspondent in Havana to wire every detail of this case. Get up a petition to the Queen Regent of Spain for this girl's pardon. Enlist the women of America. Have them sign the petition. Wake up our correspondents all over the country. Have distinguished women sign first. Cable the petitions and the names to the Queen Regent. Notify our minister in Madrid. We can make a national issue of this case. It will do more to open the eyes of the country than a thousand editorials or political...

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Ben Procter is Professor of History at Texas Christian University and the author of Not Without Honor: The Life of John H. Reagan, Battle of the Alamo, and Just One Riot. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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