Review by Choice Review
Although only about 200 pages, this book is quite comprehensive and balanced in its coverage of James Gordon Bennett's 35-year career as editor and publisher of the New York Herald. The condensed historical background also is extensive. Bennett, credited with creating the modern newspaper, knew what readers wanted; thus, he popularized sensationalism in a return to the penny press. By capitalizing on technology and technique, he made the Herald the most widely circulated, most talked about newspaper in the country, the only one Lincoln read. But the editor's nationalism turned into the slanting of the news, his Unionism marked him as proslavery, and his politics colored his treatment of military news during the Civil War. Above all, his egocentrism dominated; in his own paper he called himself the "Napoleon of the newspaper press." Crouthamel's study is first-rate, much more revealing than Douglas Fermer's James Gordon Bennett and the New York Herald (CH, Feb '87). Recommended for journalism and general interest collections at all levels. -S. W. Whyte, Montgomery County Community College
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