Starting as an office boy at Simon & Schuster in 1946, Bernstein moved to Random House in 1956 and succeeded Bennett Cerf as president ten years later. The rest is publishing and human rights history.
In a charming and self-effacing work, Bernstein reflects for the first time on his fairy tale publishing career, hobnobbing with Truman Capote and E.L. Doctorow; conspiring with Kay Thompson on the Eloise series; attending a rally for Random House author George McGovern with film star Claudette Colbert; and working with publishing luminaries including Dick Simon, Alfred Knopf, Robert Gottlieb, André Schiffrin, Peter Osnos, Susan Peterson, and Jason Epstein as Bernstein grew Random House from a $40 million to an $800 million-plus “money making juggernaut,” as Thomas Maier called it in his biography of Random House owner Si Newhouse. In a book sure to be savored by anyone who has worked in the publishing industry, fought for human rights, or wondered how Theodor Geisel became Dr. Seuss, Speaking Freely beautifully captures a bygone era in the book industry and the first crucial years of a worldwide movement to protect free speech and challenge tyranny around the globe.
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About the Author
Robert L. Bernstein served as the president of Random House for twenty-five years. After being sent to Moscow as part of a delegation of American publishers in 1973, he established the organization that became Human Rights Watch. He was the author of Speaking Freely: My Life in Publishing and Human Rights (The New Press).
Table of Contents
Foreword Toni Morrison ix
1 Youth 1
2 Office Boy in Waiting 19
3 At Random 47
4 On Top, Suddenly 72
5 Politics and Publishing 95
6 The Russians 118
7 The Birth of Helsinki Watch 140
8 From RCA to Newhouse 159
9 Finding Our Footing: Human Rights, 1980-85 174
10 The Soviet Union Implodes: Human Rights, 1985-90 201
11 Random House in the 1980s: The Newhouse Years 226
12 China 250
13 A New Organization, a New Approach 276
14 Some Thoughts on the Future of Human Rights in the Middle East 292