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978-1-4930-1753-9 • Hardback • May 2016 • $26.95 • (£20.99)
978-1-4930-3670-7 • Paperback • September 2018 • $19.95 • (£14.99)
978-1-4930-1754-6 • eBook • May 2016 • $18.99 • (£14.99)
Patricia Beard is the author of ten books, including Blue Blood & Mutiny: The Fight for the Soul of Morgan Stanley and After the Ball: Gilded Age Secrets, Boardroom Betrayals, and the Ball that Ignited the Great Wall Street Scandal of 1905. She is a former features editor at Town & Country, ELLE, and Mirabella magazines, and hundreds of her articles have appeared in national publications.
Roy Howard was one of the most influential newspaper men of the twentieth century. At twenty-five he became general manager of what was then United Press and by thirty-nine he was chairman of the newly renamed Scripps-Howard news empire. He was central to the reporting of two world wars, the Depression, and the creation of the American century. Patricia Beard’s Newsmaker draws on a treasure trove of personal papers to create the full picture of a man who by dint of will and determination helped create a world of journalism that lasted decades. Journalism is always evolving and much can be learned from Beard’s lively and illuminating description of a man who was at the center of global events.
— Jeffrey Herbst, president and CEO of the Newseum
Roy Howard was a key player in the golden age of newspaper journalism. From the early twentieth century into the nineteen sixties, his creativity, energy and passion fueled a major newspaper chain, Scripps-Howard, an international news syndicate, United Press, and his own news-making interviews with notables, including Hitler and Stalin in the same week of 1936. He was a confidant of every president from Hoover and FDR to Eisenhower. Newsmaker captures Howard’s flair for living, his innovative accomplishments and his impact on his times.
— James Hoge, former publisher of the New York Daily News and former editor and publisher of the Chicago Sun–Times
Roy Howard is one of the most remarkable journalism leaders of the twentieth century. He lived the life of three people. For years I have believed that Howard’s story was worthy of a book, or several. Patricia Beard has taken on the challenge and written an extraordinary biography.
— Bradley J. Hamm, Dean of Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications—Northwestern University
For much of the twentieth century Roy Howard was one of the nation’s dominant media barons. In Newsmaker, Patricia Beard shows why Howard and the Scripps Howard media empire mattered, and how their work shaped America. It’s a detailed, entertaining read straight out of The Front Page.
— Ray Locker, author of Nixon’s Gamble and Washington enterprise editor of USA TODAY
Veteran nonfiction author Beard (Blue Blood and Mutiny) presents a celebratory biography of Roy W. Howard (1883–1964), the ambitious journalist, demanding editor, and colorful “mastermind” behind the early 20th-century rise of the Scripps-Howard news empire. He accesses decades of diaries and personal correspondence to tell the story of Howard’s ascent from a short-statured Midwestern cub reporter to the dominant cohead of what would become one of the largest and most influential U.S. newspaper conglomerates, all before he was 40 years old. An abundance of detail—historical, professional, and personal—gives the book an impressive credibility that will fascinate many readers, despite the facts alternately tending to weigh down the pace of some of the livelier chapters and anecdotes. Still, this volume succeeds overall in paying homage to Howard’s influence on modern news: fast breaking, in-depth, and delivered with everyday people in mind. VERDICT This well-researched investigation into the life of a news baron is recommended for fans and students of the history of the newspaper industry.