Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson

Newspaper Titan The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson From the author of Hostage to Fortune The Letters of Joseph P Kennedy Superb Michael Beschloss Remarkable Arthur Schlesinger the galvanizing story of Eleanor Medill Cissy Patterson celebrated debut

  • Title: Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson
  • Author: Amanda Smith
  • ISBN: 9780375411007
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the author of Hostage to Fortune The Letters of Joseph P Kennedy Superb Michael Beschloss Remarkable Arthur Schlesinger , the galvanizing story of Eleanor Medill Cissy Patterson, celebrated debutante and socialte, scion of the Chicago Tribune empire, and the twentieth century s first woman editor in chief and publisher of a major metropolitan daily newspapFrom the author of Hostage to Fortune The Letters of Joseph P Kennedy Superb Michael Beschloss Remarkable Arthur Schlesinger , the galvanizing story of Eleanor Medill Cissy Patterson, celebrated debutante and socialte, scion of the Chicago Tribune empire, and the twentieth century s first woman editor in chief and publisher of a major metropolitan daily newspaper, the Washington Times Herald.She was called the most powerful woman in America, surpassing Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Clare Boothe Luce, and Dorothy Schiff.Cissy Patterson was from old Republican stock Her grandfather was Joseph Medill, firebrand abolitionist, mayor of Chicago, editor in chief and principal owner of the Chicago Tribune, and one of the founders of the Republican Party who delivered the crucial Ohio delegation to Abraham Lincoln at the convention of 1860.Cissy Patterson s brother, Joe Medill Patterson, started the New York Daily News.Her pedigree notwithstanding, Cissy Patterson came to publishing shortly before her forty ninth birthday, in 1930, with almost no practical journalistic or editorial experience and a life out of the pages of Edith Wharton or likely the other way around shades of Cissy are everywhere in the Countess Olenska.Amanda Smith writes that in the summer of 1930, Cissy Patterson, educated at the turn of the century at Miss Porter s School in Farmington, Connecticut, for a vocation of marriage and motherhood and a place in society, took over William Randolph Hearst s foundering Washington Herald and began to learn what others believed she could never grasp how to run and build up a newspaper She vividly lived out the Medill family s editorial motto at least in spirit When you grandmother gets raped, put it on the front page Patterson soon bought from Hearst the Herald s evening sister paper, the Washington Times, merged the two, and became editor, publisher, and sole proprietor of a big city newspaper, a position almost unprecedented in American history The effect of the merger was electric By 1945, the Washington Times Herald, with ten daily editions, was clearing an annual profit of than 1 million.Amanda Smith, in this huge, fascinating biography gives us the infamous life and monumental times of Cissy Patterson, scourge of liberals, advocate of appeasing Hitler, lover of poodles, and hater of FDR.Here is her twentieth century Washington its politics and society, scandals and feuds, and at the center the fierce newspaper wars that consumed and drove the country s press titans, as Patterson took the Washington Times Herald from a chronic tail ender in circulation and advertising, ranked fifth in the town, and made it into the most widely read round the clock daily in the national s capital, deemed by many to be the damndest newspaper to ever hit the streets.

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    1. Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson [Hardcover], September 12, 2011By RMT_12This review is from: Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson (Hardcover)Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson From the moment I picked up Amanda Smith's new book I could not put it down. Patterson, the twentieth century's first woman editor in chief and publisher of a major metropolitan daily newspaper, the Wash [...]

    2. This is a biography of Eleanor Josephone "Cissy" Patterson, the heir to the Chicago Tribune fortune and editor of the Washington Times-Herald in Washington, D.C from 1930 to 1948. (She owned it outright from 1937 onward.)But it's not a biography of Cissy Patterson at all. It is, rather, a biography of the McCormick, Medill, and Patterson families of Chicago, the great pioneers of Midwestern and New York City journalism. Cissy Patterson's life was one of ease and neglect. Her mother, Elinor "Nell [...]

    3. Well-written, exhaustively researched biography of a rich, nasty woman. She lived from the Belle Epoque through WWII, so the historical scope of the book is fascinating, but Cissy herself was a an ugly character--petty, selfish, and vindictive. Read it for the history; don't read it if you prefer to read about people you can admire.

    4. The title of this biography is extremely accurate as a description of the tone of the book. While it is an interesting story about a unique-for-her-time woman, and is filled with a virtual who's-who of everyone from Chicago, to Washington, to far-flung parts of Europe, it is a heavy and exhausting book to read.Cissy Patterson was the spoiled daughter of newspaper publishing royalty, the granddaughter of Joseph Medill, editor in chief of the Chicago Tribune, one-time mayor of Chicago, and one of [...]

    5. Amanda Smith has produced a work of biography and history that is also a novel in scope, the kind of nineteenth-century narrative that Thackeray produced in Vanity Fair. Edith Wharton, who is said to have based one of her characters on Cissy Paterson, also comes to mind because Smith is so good as social notation and the comedy of manners that also attracted Henry James to great families. In this case, Patterson belonged to a newspaper dynasty, emerging from her years as debutante and socialite [...]

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