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Outrage, Passion, and Uncommon Sense: How Editorial Writers Have Taken on and Helped Shape the Great American Issues of the Past 150 Years

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Mining newspaper files and the deep archives and journalistic expertise of the Newseum, an interactive museum of news located in Washington, D.C., Outrage, Passion and Uncommon Sense examines decisive issues and events in U.S. history through the nation's editorial pages. Approximately fifty editorials are reprinted here on topics ranging from suffrage and race to war and politics—even Christmas—with probing analysis by Gartner.

"Editorials are the soul of the newspaper," Gartner says in the book's introduction. ...

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Overview

Mining newspaper files and the deep archives and journalistic expertise of the Newseum, an interactive museum of news located in Washington, D.C., Outrage, Passion and Uncommon Sense examines decisive issues and events in U.S. history through the nation's editorial pages. Approximately fifty editorials are reprinted here on topics ranging from suffrage and race to war and politics—even Christmas—with probing analysis by Gartner.

"Editorials are the soul of the newspaper," Gartner says in the book's introduction. "Maybe the heart and the soul. And, on a good newspaper that knows and understands and loves its hometown, or its home country, the editorial is the heart and the soul of the town, or the nation, as well."

Readers will also see a visual account of the era through two-color illustrations, showcasing editorial cartoons, photographs and typographic details from period newspapers. Outrage, Passion and Uncommon Sense is a vital, significant collection that portrays the undeniable influence one editorial can have on this country in some of its most difficult times.

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As these two collections reveal, editorial writing and investigative reporting are among the most powerful and engaging forms of journalism. Veteran newspaper editor Gartner, working with the staff of the Newseum, the museum of news due to reopen in Washington, DC, in 2007, explores the importance of the newspaper editorial in American history. Winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing, he has gathered 50 of what he considers the most lively, informative, and persuasive editorials written from 1842 to 1998, ending there because he finds editorials written since compromised by corporate pressures. The editorials are organized into thematic categories, each with an overview. The section on slavery in the United States includes a piece by Horace Greely of the New York Tribune, considered by Gartner (and most historians) one of the greatest editorial writers in America. Amply illustrated with photographs, newspaper images, and other archival artwork, the collection reveals the traditions and contentions of the eras represented. On the whole, this interesting and well-organized book is suitable for all libraries. British journalist Pilger's collection also explores the passionate and influential side of journalism, as seen in investigative reporting from World War II to the present. Pilger (The New Rulers of the World) chooses excerpts from articles, books, and radio transcripts that took reporting beyond the simple stating of facts. He explains how these pieces serve as tools to bring about awareness of a lurking danger, such as the debilitating drug Thalydomide, or a political scandal like the 2000 U.S. election. International in scope, the anthology also provides a chilling testament to some of the most horrific crimes against humanity, such as the Dachau concentration camp, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the My Lai massacre. While these investigative works stand alone as examples of fine writing and attention to societal injustices, and while Pilger's analysis offers insight into the importance of investigative journalism to a free society, the anthology is hampered by the excessive length of each excerpt and the editor's frequent editorializing, in his introductions, about the current war in Iraq. Best for academic or large public libraries, especially those with communications collections.-Donna Marie Smith, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792241973
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Gartner has been a journalist for nearly 50 years. He has been Page One editor of The Wall Street Journal, editor and president of The Des Moines Register, editor of The Courier-Journal of Louisville, general news executive of Gannett Co. and USA TODAY, and president of NBC News. In 1997, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for the Ames (Iowa) Tribune, of which he was editor and co-owner. He also is a lawyer, owner of the Iowa Cubs baseball team, and president of the Board of Regents of the State of Iowa.
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