The Trust : The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times (Paperback)

Author: Tifft, Susan E.

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Now in paperback comes the epic biography of the Ochses and the Sulzbergers, the families that have owned and run "The New York Times" for more than a century. of photos.

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Publisher Little Brown & Co
Mfg Part# 9780316836319
SKU 30613473
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0316836311
Release Date 3/4/2010
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 1.75T
Praise
"In seamless authoritative prose, with rich, uncluttered detail, precise characterizations and a solid sense of historical sense of historical context and social dynamics, the authors relate how four generations of Ochses and Sulzbergers built the Times while, not incidentally, avoiding the fate of the Binghams....Technically THE TRUST is a biography, but at heart this is a love story about a family and the unique institution it created and nurtures."
"THE TRUST is a serious history of the family that has owned and run the New York Times for a century, but the reporting is so juicily relentless that one feels guilty having one's eye pressed unwaveringly at the keyhole of so many intimacies....Is this all the news that is fit to print? Yes, it mainly is, for two reasons: We see time and again how much character counts. And the view is stereoscopic."
"...THE TRUST...should stand as the definitive story of The [New York] Times for years to come. Susan E. Tifft, a former associate editor at Time, and former Times reporter Alex S. Jones have produced a remarkable chronicle--a sprawling panorama spanning five generations."
"In their lively, lavishly detailed epic...Susan E. Tifft and Alex S. Jones...show that the paper's impartial style represented more than shrewd business....Based on some 550 interviews and extensive archival research, THE TRUST doesn't aspire to be an authoritative history of the Times...so much as a complex, intertwined saga of the family and the paper's chief executives....As this monumental story follows Punch and his sisters, it takes on a richer texture but also traffics in a great deal of highbrow gossip....While many readers will enjoy the titillation, the tabloid sensibility marks a jarring counterpoint to the high-minded journalism symbolized by the Sulzbergers."
"A normally private, even circumspect family, the Sulzbergers come fully alive in these pages--jammed as they are with court intrigue and succession struggles, tortured and equivocal feelings around the family's Jewish heritage, and a rare gift for self-deprecating humor and rapier wit. Finally, with this epic biography, the Sulzbergers take their proper place in the pantheon of New York City's greatest families."
"THE TRUST is a brave, sprawling, quirky book that in odd ways mirrors its subject matter. It is also a critical report not only on how the best newspaper in the world dealt with America's most important events of the 20th Century, but why its owners made the calls they did."
"In almost voyeuristic detail, the ruling Times family emerges as a kind of philandering, adultery, divorce and lousy parenting....Although this book is light on the financial and business detail that would permit a fuller judgment of the family's management of their trust, the story of the Ochs-Sulzberger family makes one want to join the cheer sent up by former executive editor Max Frankel on the occasion of Arthur Jr.'s accession: 'Long live the monarchy.'"
From the Publisher
Annotation This extensive account examines how the Ochs-Sulzberger family guided The New York Times through a century's worth of challenges and preserved the journalistic integrity of the paper in the process. Interweaving colorful anecdotes with an analysis of how the paper navigated pivotal moments in history, this book offers a personal and professional glimpse into this historically unapproachable family. A New York Times Notable Book for 1999.
First Line In the copper twilight of early summer, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. bounded up the granite steps of New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art with the self-assured air of royalty.
Editors Note An insider's biography of America's most powerful media dynasty draws on archival material from The New York Times and family resources to chronicle the rise to success of the visionary Adolph Ochs and his colorful descendants.
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0928
Publisher Back Bay Books

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