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 March 29: "Last week I had some pictures of him taken... He looks like a little, old judge. I do wish you could hear him talk. You would laugh yourself almost sick. He takes particular pains to correct his papa, & if he thinks I am ...
12 Once back in San Francisco, however, Willie recuperated quickly, his spirits raised considerably by a deluge of Christmas gifts and, in March, 1869, a return to the Chestnut Street home and playhouse. Bright and inquisitive, he was ...
16 On March 18, 1873, the first leg of the grand tour began innocently enough. After six days mother and son reached Franklin County, via St Louis, and once again became appreciative of San Francisco, especially with "much sickness in ...
For the first time since March he had other children to play with. He also enjoyed having to speak German at every meal, so much so that he took lessons daily to improve. Yet what really fascinated him were comic picture books called ...
... who was already on academic probation. On February 3, 1885, they reviewed his case and, for the time being, agreed that he should be "continued until the end of the [school] year." But on March 31, eight weeks later, ...
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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
9 Running for President
10 Uncrowned Mayor of New York
11 Patron Saint of the Independents