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Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal lMonths at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    Great reporting, great book ...

    This book is NOT a disappointment in any way. I really enjoyed reading it, and feel like I learned a lot about the Blair scandal, an issue which brought shame to an American icon: The New York Times. Mnookin has done a great job of gathering his facts (you can tell he's a great reporter), and is not too proud to publish a list of corrections on his Web site. Those interested in newspapering or the media would probably most enjoy this book, though it is a great narrative of recent events that others also would benefit from. Reporters, who learn their craft through daily/weekly deadlines, are always the best authors. This book and its author prove it. A great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2005

    Take a Pass

    Sorry, but I did not learn anything new from this book. I question why the author took the time to write it. Perhaps it is for media geeks only. It is the story of a proud, myopic man who meets his downfall as a result of the Jayson Blair scandal. But we already knew that. I just started Autumn of the Moguls by Michael Wolff. This difference between these two media books is already signficant. Wolff has a very entertaining writing style Mnookin has no style and seems to have gotten into print without benefit of editor. Wolff already has me looking at things differently. Mnookin says nothing that leads one to say, 'wow' or anything similar.

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