Newspaper Titan The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson (Hardcover)
|Author: Amanda Smith|
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|A portrait of the newspaper proprietress shares coverage of her high-profile family life, her famous merger of the Washington Herald and Washington Times and her considerable role in influencing period politics and society. By the editor of Hostage to Fortune. *Author: Smith, Amanda *Subtitle: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson *Publication Date: 2011/09/06 *Number of Pages: 690 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 6.50 *Height: 9.50|
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In this huge, galvanizing biography, Amanda Smith, editor of Hostage to Fortune: The Letters of Joseph P. Kennedy (“Superb”—Michael Beschloss) gives us the legendary Cissy Patterson, scion of the Chicago Tribune empire (her great-uncle Cyrus McCormick changed America with his horse-drawn reaper). She was an American heiress from Chicago’s Gold Coast and Lake Forest (founded by her grandfather as an enclave for rich Presbyterians), raised to be married and was—disastrously so; it took a U.S. president, the dowager empress of Russia, and Czar Nicholas II to get her marriage dissolved.
At forty-nine, Patterson took over Hearst’s foundering Washington Herald. Within eighteen months it had the highest circulation of Washington’s six dailies . . . By the end of the decade she owned the Herald and Hearst’s Washington Times, merged the two, and became editor, publisher, and sole proprietor of the Washington Times-Herald.
In Amanda Smith’s Newspaper Titan, we see Patterson’s twentieth-century Washington, its politics and society, scandals and feuds—and Cissy herself, the scourge of liberals, advocate of appeasing Hitler, lover of poodles, and hater of FDR, who ran her paper by the family motto: “When your grandmother gets raped, put it on the front page.”