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NYT Book Review: New Biography on Pulitzer by James McGrath Morris

7th April 2010

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Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power

“This well-researched, exhaustive biography reads like a novel, with fleshed-out characters ranging from William Randolph Hearst to JohnGardarino, a penniless newsboy. It is the story of a man, but also of a time, when newsroom scores were sometimes settled with pistols, when anti-Semitism was the norm, when ‘out-of-work politicians became newspaper editors, and successful editors became elected politicians.’ Morris paints a vivid picture, portraying his subject as an ambitious, hotheaded, at times violent, often charitable man; a perfectionist, shrewd in matters of business yet cold in matters of the heart.”The New York Times Book Review

James McGrath Morris spent five years working on Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power. His previous book, The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism (Fordham University Press), was selected as Washington Post Best Book of the Year for 2004 and was optioned as a film and released as a Random House Audio Book.

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