William Randolph Hearst: The Early Years, 1863-1910
Oxford University Press, 1998年4月16日 - 384 頁
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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On June 14, 1862, they journeyed to Steelville (not Stedville), Missouri, where in the judge's chambers of the Crawford County Courthouse they drew up the following prenuptial agreement: This marriage contract made & entered into this ...
Early in June, 1863, fewer than six weeks after her son's birth, she accompanied her husband, George, to Nevada City, enduring a 160-mile stagecoach ride over dusty roads and rugged terrain. Upon arrival, conditions did not improve ...
Again on June 27: "He is a splendid little boy... I don't know how I could do without him. He knows all his letters perfectly. Will soon learn to spell. He likes his book. I have not made him feel it was tiresome or a task to learn, ...
Within five years (June, 1877) they bought another mining operation for $70,000—the fabulous Homestake of Lead, South Dakota, which yielded $715 million in gold from 1878 to 1962. And in 1880–81 they became full partners for $30,000 ...
On one "bright day" they went to the Zoological Garden, where Willie saw a lumbering rhinoceros and huge hippopotamus, then thrilled to riding "an immense elephant" But as soon as his health returned early in June, Phebe revived the ...
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WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST: The Early Years, 1863-1910用戶評語 - Kirkus
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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