Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism

Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism

by Eric Burns
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Infamous Scribblers 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book whose title may send prospective readers away. The subjects are not infamous- they are among the first of our American hero's. So many predicates for the court system, the Constitution, our 'free press' concepts were formed and defended by these men. The text should ne required reading for all American History and Jo. students IMHO-after somebody changes the title. Wait a minute-keep the title and require it at the high school honors/freshman college level. It would click there. Bad boys jazzing on the graffiti guns-it would fly off the shelves. Ann Sperring-Ocala, Fl
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deetm5282 More than 1 year ago
A great book for those of us who need to remember how this country came to be. For the thinker in the family. Book in good shape.
Thomas_Jefferson_Snodgras More than 1 year ago
Eric Burns does an extensive job of research in this engaging tale of American journalism from its earliest forms to the post-Revolutionary newspaper journeymen writings. He provides engaging information on a variety of key figures--Franklin, Fenno, Frenau, et al. Would make for a great book club choice with those interested in history or especially useful for teachers of literature, like myself, in covering the pre-Hawthorne and Poe days.
bookfan1 More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be interesting, full of fascinating details and humorous at times. I did not think it was particularly stimulating, having read much about the Founding Fathers and their times but it was certainly absorbing because it was a new angle and added situational context to a significant era. The characters that march across the pages, from Benjamin Franklin to some real shysters and some shining lights are fun to read about and to imagine in their work in their heydey. A good read for a few rainy days.
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MarianneBrown More than 1 year ago
The historical details woven through the narrative in this book are just fascinating and illuminate why those confusing Acts passed by the British Parliament caused so much consternation. Who thought Sam Adams was a provocateur writ large and a liar to boot. History in school was never this much fun or as interesting. Journalism and its founding fathers were patriots, scoundrels, bores and in many instances, couldn't write or reason but got read anyway. It is telling that tabloid news was just as damaging and lucrative then as it is now. The writing is terrific--solid, modern, great vocabulary and images. I have loved this book and would recommend to any student of history or especially to those that think it is boring and out-of-date.