Post's New York: Celebrating 200 years of New York City through the pages and pictures of the New York Post

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No one knows New York City like the Post. With its distinctively straightforward and streetwise style, the world's most famous tabloid is the true voice of the world's most irascible city.

But few New Yorkers realize that the Post is also the country's oldest continuously published daily newspaper or that quintessential New Yorker Alexander Hamilton was one of its distinguished founders.

For 200 years the New York Post has been a witness to the...

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Overview

No one knows New York City like the Post. With its distinctively straightforward and streetwise style, the world's most famous tabloid is the true voice of the world's most irascible city.

But few New Yorkers realize that the Post is also the country's oldest continuously published daily newspaper or that quintessential New Yorker Alexander Hamilton was one of its distinguished founders.

For 200 years the New York Post has been a witness to the historic news events, spectacular sports stories, infamous scandals and scintillating gossip that have shaped its city.

Now you can enjoy two centuries of the Post in this colorful decade-by-decade celebration, featuring:

  • The Post's unique coverage of each era's major news events, from Thomas Jefferson to William Jefferson Clinton, the Civil War to the civil rights movement, the War on the Godfathers to the Son of Sam
  • The Post's role in fighting for abolition, Central Park, the NAACP and many other causes
  • Revealing biographies of famous New Yorkers and the Post's most influential editors, including William Cullen Bryant (New York's "Bryant Park" namesake)
  • Fascinating stories about the renowned journalists, literary giants, celebrities and infamous criminals who have been chronicled in the paper
  • And those unforgettable headlines...

Packed with original articles, photos, political cartoons, entertainment reviews, advertisements and more, this book is as energetic and intriguing as New York itself.

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Top-notch compilation celebrating 200 years of New York City news as seen in the pages of the New York Post, with half-tones and line art throughout. These punchy pages have just the right-length feature stories, especially "Kiss Your Asteroid Goodbye!" and "Amy's Nude Romps in Jail," "The Jimmy Walker Scandals," and "President and Smith Open Empire State, Mightiest Building." The Post was born in 1801 as a four-page sheet published by Federalist Alexander Hamilton, a victim of the gentlemanly and brutal art of dueling; it remains the oldest continuously published paper in the US. While Walt Whitman offers Civil War coverage, much is condensed into racy modern prose-which will be welcome news to anyone who's ever read 19th-century journalism. History doesn't get easier to take than this.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780066211350
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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Introduction

New York's Tell-It-Like-It-Is Paper
By Steve Dunleavy, New York Post Columnist

0ur founder, Alexander Hamilton, breathed his last on the Lower East Side, a week and a day after Independence Day in 1804. He was brought back to Manhattan following his infamous duel with Aaron Burr, across the Hudson, in Weehawken, N.J. Hamilton felt his old rival needed a stern lesson in manners — but instead he came out on the wrong end of a piece of lead.

The founder of what was to become the great New York tabloid departed this earth as tabloid fodder.

One hundred and eighty years later, T-shirts and coffee cups could be found on that same Lower East Side emblazoned "Headless Body in Topless Bar" — the Post Page One classic that sent the purists of the Columbia School of Journalism into apoplexy.

From losing your life to losing your head, somehow we are always scalded by the elitists for sticking to our guns.

But praise be, this city is peopled by people, not elitists... and, we the people love it?

Sights, sounds, smells, the whole nine yards. Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, we are not. Get it? Got it? Good.

Professor Terrence Moran, of the Department of Culture and Communications of New York University said:

"What has been consistent about the New York Post since it was founded in 1801 as a media outlet for the Federalist Party to its role as a liberal force opposing McCarthyism in the 1950s, to its current role of in-your-face irreverent pro-American, pro-capitalist, tell-it-like-it-is journalism, is the fact that the Post and its readers have beenas one, sharing the same values and world views and advocacy journalism.

"The Post knows its readers and its readers know the Post.

"In academic media jargon, it's called a participatory audience. Makes pretty good sense to me."

And it makes pretty good sense to the people at the Post.

We would rather touch the city's heart than be touched by a Pulitzer Prize. Being politically correct for eggheads might be okay for some newspapers but we are about people.

Are we tooting our own horn? Well, if you read our sports pages and don't feel you have been behind home plate, then you don't like baseball. We take you out to the ball game.

You read our City Hall coverage and you know you are in town.

If you care about money, and we hope you do, our business pages will take you straight to the concrete canyons of Wall Street with a blueprint to the world of the bulls and bears.

People call some columns gossip columns. No, "gossip" means something that is swapped among people without their knowing the facts. But our people report.

Those columns take you by the hand into the hallways, living rooms and yes, sometimes, reluctantly, into the bedrooms of the rich and famous. If the rich and famous want to be rich and famous, well, there always is a downside to life.

Far afield, the massive empire of News Corp. sweeps from the desert sands of the Middle East to the gilded corridors of the parliaments of Europe, to the steamy intrigues of Asia.

We are not ashamed of being active supporters of our police and fire departments at a time when other media treat them as journalistic dartboards.

Our Washington Bureau throws bricks and bouquets to the politicians who serve and the politicians who succeed in serving.

Okay, you could say self-praise is no recommendation.

But let's face it; we live at record speed in a big, lusty, laughing, crying and noisy town.

And the Post is all that... an echo, a mirror, a replica of the Big Apple that we so love to polish.

Like New York, we are serious, sophisticated, sensational, sensual, serene and surprising, with no excuses for who we are.

It's just a doggone pleasure to get off the elevator on the 10th floor of our building and go to work on a real hometown newspaper.

The Post's New York. Copyright © by Dennis Miller. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2002

    Ein 'grosses' Buch für alle die New York mit dem Herzen sehen!

    Ich bin aus Wien und ich habe mich auf den ersten Blick in die Stadt New York verliebt! Hätte ich dieses Buch doch schon 1997 bei meiner ersten Reise nach New York gelesen. Ich kann es nur jedem empfehlen. Ein 'Muß' für jeden und ein hervorragendes Geschenk für jeden Europaer der das erste Mal nach New York kommt! Auch für Kinder sehr empfehlenswert. Danke dafür! Es verstärkt meine Liebe zu New York nur noch mehr!Susanne

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2001

    Post's New York: Celebrating 200 years of New York City through the pages and pictures of the New York Post

    A fascinating compilation for those who love New York City -- historically, socially and culturally significant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    Post's New York: Celebrating 200 years of New York City through the pages and pictures of the New York Post

    This is the perfect present for the proud New Yorker . . . providing historic, cultural and regional insight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2001

    Great prep for 5th Grade Standardized History Test

    I am a teacher and would love to see this book in every 4th and 5th grade classroom in New York State. These grades prepare in the 4th for the standardized NYS history test in the 5th. This book has more New York State news events and history than my son's text. I also want to commend the Post and its staff on their handling of the past few weeks since Sept 11th. I appreciate how the paper has informed readers on memorials and victims. May the Post continue reporting and making history for another 200 years.

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