This enthralling, prodigiously researched saga evenhandedly sorts out several generations of an antagonistic Kentucky clan whose progressive newspaper empire crumbled in 1986. (Mar.)
This straightforward, balanced account details the buildup of a newspaper empire by the Binghams of Louisville, Kentucky, and the squabbling among family members that caused Barry Bingham Sr., the patriarch, to decide to sell it all. Tifft, an associate editor of Time magazine, and Jones, a New York Times reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Binghams, have done their homework, interviewing family members and others involved and consulting correspondence in various archives. Readers may wonder at first if they care about this rich family that fought so publicly, but they will soon discover that, in many ways, the Binghams are like us all. Sallie Bingham's Passion and Prejudice ( LJ 2/1/89) gives a more intimate and, of course, different view of the same story. Libraries that bought that one will want this one, too.-- Rebecca Wondriska, Trinity Coll. Lib., Hartford, Ct.