The Last Editor is the memoir of Jim Bellows, the editor whose David-and-Goliath battles changed the face of the newspaper business. Bellows struggled to save major competitors of America's three most powerful newspapers: the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. In doing so, he developed major talent from rough cuts and brought a new generation of writers to the mainstream press.
The Last Editor is a unique memoir of a man who loved a fight--highlighted with commentary from his colleagues in letters and sidebars from the biggest names in media. Sidebars from Wolfe, Ben Bradlee, Art Buchwald, Katherine Graham, Mary McGrory, William Safire, just to name a few, and 16 pages of black-and-white photos, provide behind-the-scenes insights to the triumphs and controversies of the man who shaped the industry.
|Publisher:||Andrews McMeel Publishing|
|Series:||Hungry Traveler Ser.|
|Product dimensions:||4.26(w) x 6.26(h) x 0.51(d)|
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I've never been a reporter, but have written 800 magazine articles, so have a cousin's sense of life in the newspaper family. This book makes everyone with writer's blood wish they had worked for Bellows--and it explains why so many publications are mediocre. The writing itself is as good as any of the stars Bellows has famously shepherded, full of lots of fun sidebars from same. It's also a grand tour of the journalism pop culture of the past 4 decades.
------------note--------------- In the review I submitted yesterday about the new James Bellows book, I meant to say, in refering to newspapers where he had worked, The New York HERALD TRIBUNE (NOT the N Y 'World') A minor correction, but perhaps worth noting