Abe Rosenthal, retired executive editor of the New York Times , comes off in this vitriolic portrait as a cussing, bullying tyrant who pushed the paper toward the political right even as he helped rescue it from near-bankruptcy. Rivalries, purges, internal censorship, power plays of Times VIPs, a steady exodus of reportersdirty laundry that wasn't fit to print is hereand then some. Goulden ( The Superlawyers , etc.) claims to have interviewed some 300 current and former Times employees, many of whom remain anonymous though several who are well-known speak on the record. He traces Rosenthal's incarnations: scrawny Jewish kid in the Depression Bronx, hustling cub reporter, whizbang city editor, scowling exec, society lion. Goulden goes for the jugular in a mean-spirited book that is at once an uncanny, explosive portrait of an influential newsman and a sharp analysis of the Times 's conservative drift over the past 10 to 15 years. 50,000 first printing. (October)
A.M. Rosenthal, whose modest ambitions when starting college were to work for the Post Office, ended his professional life more than 40 years later as one of the most powerful persons in print journalism. Here Goulden reveals the genius of the former executive editor of the New York Times and tells how Rosenthal kept the newspaper on top throughout the advent of television and the many ups and downs of the industry; he also shows Rosenthal's cruel, harsh side and how he ruined and alienated many people along the way. Goulden, a former newspaper reporter and author of 15 nonfiction books, has produced a fascinating work that is honest, balanced, and exhaustively researched. Melinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Services, Wondervu, Col.