The kingdom and the power : behind the scenes at The New York Times : the institution that influences the world

by Gay Talese

Hardcover, 1969




New York : World Publishing, 1969


"Beautifully documented . . . no less than a landmark in the field of writing and journalism."--The Nation "Fascinating . . . Seldom has anyone been so successful in making a newspaper come alive as a human institution."--The New York Times In this century and the last, most of history's important news stories have been broken to a waiting nation by The New York Times. In The Kingdom and the Power, former Times correspondent and bestselling author Gay Talese lays bare the secret internal intrigues at the daily, revealing the stories behind the personalities, rivalries, and scopes at the most influential paper in the world. In gripping detail, Talese examines the private and public lives of the famed Ochs family, along with their direct descendants, the Sulzbergers, and their hobnobbing with presidents, kings, ambassadors, and cabinet members; the vicious struggles for power and control at the paper; and the amazing story of how a bankrupt newspaper turned itself around and grew to Olympian heights.  Regarded as a classic piece of journalism, The Kingdom and the Power is as gripping as a work of fiction and as relevant as today's headlines. Praise for The Kingdom and the Power "I know of no book about a great institution which is so detailed, so intensely personalized, or so dramatized as this volume about The New York Times."--The Christian Science Monitor "A serious and important account of one of the few genuinely powerful institutions in our society."--The New Leader "A superb study of people and power."--Women's Wear Daily… (more)

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LibraryThing member nmele
Talese caught the New York Times in the late Sixties at a time of transition for it and the entire news community. His book also functions as a history of the "paper of record" from its inception up to about 1968 and is fascinating as such, but for me the real value was the account of how The Times handled change forty years ago.… (more)



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