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Bylines In Despair

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Through a long public life and short presidency, Herbert Hoover carefully cultivated reporters and media owners as he rose from a relief administrator to president of the United States. During his service to government, he held the conviction that journalists were to be manipulated and mistrusted. When the nation fell into economic disaster, Hoover's misconceptions about the press and press relations exacerbated a national calamity. This book traces the entire history of Hoover's relationship with magazines, ...

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Overview

Through a long public life and short presidency, Herbert Hoover carefully cultivated reporters and media owners as he rose from a relief administrator to president of the United States. During his service to government, he held the conviction that journalists were to be manipulated and mistrusted. When the nation fell into economic disaster, Hoover's misconceptions about the press and press relations exacerbated a national calamity. This book traces the entire history of Hoover's relationship with magazines, newspapers, newsreel organizations, and radio, and demonstrates how an attitude toward the U.S. press can help or hinder a public figure throughout his career. The book draws upon diaries of Hoover aides, oral histories from journalists and other media figures, newspaper and magazine clippings, radio broadcasts, newsreels, public documents, archival manuscripts, and a plethora of published secondary books and articles. This may be the most complete and best-documented study of a single president and the media.

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Liebovich (journalism, U. of Illinois) presents the historical lessons of Hoover's presidency and his disastrous relationship with the press. Covers Hoover's career from his position as Secretary of Commerce to the dawning of the Roosevelt years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275948436
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1994
  • Pages: 252
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

LOUIS W. LIEBOVICH, an Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Illinois, was a reporter with three newspapers in the Midwest in the 1970s, the last being the Milwaukee Sentinel.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
1 The Unlikely Road to Success 1
2 Secretary of Commerce 29
3 The Campaign and Aftermath of the 1928 Election 57
4 Lost Opportunities 83
5 The Crash 101
6 Radio, Newsreels, Newspapers, and the Presidency 131
7 The Bonus March 155
8 The Dawn of the Roosevelt Era 183
Epilogue 209
Selected Bibliography 213
Index 217
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