From the Publisher
From the yellowed columns of newsprint, Ms. Tucher . . . skillfully draws a contemporary moral.
New York Times Book Review
[Tucher] presents the colorful story of the early penny press with all the verve, intelligence, and humor it merits.
A deceptively complex book. . . . A readable, racy, and often funny study of an important aspect of antebellum social history.
American Historical Review
This well-written book is a valuable contribution to the literature on journalism in the nineteenth century.
Journal of the Early Republic
This is scholarship as solid as oak and history as timely as today's tabloid titillation.
Tucher, editorial producer of an ABC News documentary series, chronicles the 1833 birth of the penny press--cheap, politically independent newspapers that were the first medium that claimed to present the true, unbiased facts to a democratic audience. Tucher examines the penny press' coverage of two sensational murders, revealing how a community's needs and anxieties can shape its public truths, and explodes the notion that "objective" reporting will discover a single, definitive truth. Paper edition (unseen), $13.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
What People are saying about this
From the Publisher
This is scholarship as solid as oak and history as timely as today's tabloid titillation. No one I know but Andie Tucher could have spun from two long-forgotten murders such a rollicking account of the misbegotten origins of the tumultuous affair between the popular press and the American people. You can read it for pleasure aloneshe has the storyteller's touchor to ponder the riddle of democracy when the mass media run amuck. Either way, you will never again think the same about truth, justice, and the comics.Bill Moyers
A deceptively complex book. . . . A readable, racy, and often funny study of an important aspect of antebellum social history. Among the book's many virtues is the author's repeated concern to stress the relevance of these ancient scandals for contemporary debate about the nature of journalism and, indirectly, for the relationship between fact and truth in modern historical debate.American Historical Review
[Tucher] presents the colorful story of the early penny press with all the verve, intelligence, and humor it merits.American Heritage
Deeply researched, beautifully written, and thoughtfully argued, Froth and Scum is the most significant new work on the penny press and nineteenth-century journalism in many years. Tucher has made an original and important contribution to American cultural history.Daniel Czitrom, Mount Holyoke College
Will add a new dimension to the ongoing efforts to understand the development of the penny press and its links to modern journalism. . . . This well-written book is a valuable contribution to the literature on journalism in the nineteenth century.Journal of the Early Republic
From the yellowed columns of newsprint, Ms. Tucher . . . skillfully draws a contemporary moral.New York Times Book Review