The Autobiography of William Allen White / Edition 2

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"A crackling good read. Griffith, in slicing off fat and organizing the material more sensibly, has really made the autobiography much more accessible to modern readers. After all, White himself would have done some such editing job had he lived. . . . Griffith's introduction is informative and entertaining."—George Juergens, author of Joseph Pulitzer and the New York World and News from the White House

"Compulsively readable; White knew "everyone" in his day, and he has a wonderful journalistic talent for the memorable and evocative story. . . . The book is both an important political and cultural document and a lasting example of the autobiographical art, a classic of the genre. I welcome its reissue."—Paul Boyer, Henry R. Luce Visiting Professor of American Culture, Northwestern University, author of Urban Masses and Moral Order in America, 1820-1920

Author Biography: Sally Foreman Griffith is the author of Home Town News: William Allen White and the Emporia Gazette.

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White, who died in 1944, was both small-town newspaperman and national celebrity, a journalist, editor and author, popular commentator, Republican political leader and founder of the Progressive party. First published posthumously in 1946, this 2nd ed. of the Autobiography is abridged and edited for the modern reader. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700604715
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/28/1990
  • Edition description: Revised and Abr
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 897,532
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Acknowledgments vii
Editor's Introduction ix
1 "As It Was in the Beginning!" 1
2 The Story of Will (Sometimes Billie) 17
3 I Choose a Foster Father 34
4 Destiny Rolls My Dice--"Come Seven" 47
5 A Reporter in College 63
6 I Become a Blind Leader of the Blind 81
7 A Gilded Metropolis 95
8 I Cross the Rubicon 109
9 The New Editor and His Town 130
10 I Awaken to Fame 148
11 At the Century's Turn 159
12 I Discover Reform 174
13 Happy Days 188
14 I Join a Rebellion 203
15 The Europe Which Has Vanished 209
16 The Battlelines Form 215
17 Armageddon 234
18 The Birth of a Party 248
19 Decline and Fall 262
20 A World Aflame 275
21 The Peace That Passeth Understanding 282
22 Through the Valley of the Shadow 297
23 Mostly Personal 305
24 The Downhill Pull 313
Biographical Notes 333
Editorial Notes 345
Selected Bibliography 355
Index 357
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    Read the original

    There is no need for an abridged version. The original is not that long and you can easily find a cheap, used copy. It's much better.

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