Write Hard, Die Free: Dispatches from the Battlefields and Barrooms of the Great Alaska Newspaper War

Write Hard, Die Free: Dispatches from the Battlefields and Barrooms of the Great Alaska Newspaper War

by Howard Weaver

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Overview

Write Hard, Die Free: Dispatches from the Battlefields and Barrooms of the Great Alaska Newspaper War by Howard Weaver

Howard Weaver advanced from foot soldier to field marshal in the Alaska Newspaper War, but he never left the fight. He spent time with small-town hoodlums and big-time politicians, crossed swords with Big Oil and Big Labor, and edited the Anchorage Daily News to the most unlikely David and Goliath upset in American journalism history and helped his newspaper win two Pulitzer Prizes along the way. Weaver cared passionately and fought fiercely in every political struggle of his era, from oil development to Native sovereignty, from park land designations to environmental activism. The Anchorage Daily News pulled no punches in telling Alaska’s story, and Weaver has pulled none in this account of a fierce, take-no-prisoners battle to the death between his newspaper and the Anchorage Times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935347194
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author

Howard Weaver lives with his wife Barbara Hodgin in the Sierra foothills, where they tend about 100 fruit and olive trees and learn, the hard way, about farming. For more information, visit HowardWeaver.com.

 

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Introduction 9

1 Love at first sight 13

2 Adrift in the demimonde 19

3 Anointed Boy Reporter 23

4 Fat, dumb, and happy 29

5 Becoming investigative 37

6 Pulitzer lightning 49

7 Our own newspaper 55

8 Encore for a Pulitzer 61

9 The virtues of excess 65

10 Music in the cafes at night 75

11 Learning fast at the end 83

12 A bugle, then the cavalry 95

13 Bright and cheerful colors 103

14 It wasn't an accident 107

15 The distant emperor 113

16 America's best newsroom 121

17 The talent show 127

18 Alaska's tribal fire 135

19 Looking around the corners 153

20 Thirsty 165

21 A People in Peril 171

22 A journalistic oil slick 187

23 In harm's way 199

24 Bleeding BUI Allen 205

25 My new narrative 215

Photos 86

More Photos 180

Epilogue 223

Author's note 227

Acknowledgments 231

Index 233

About the author 239

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