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Controversy and other essays in journalism, 1950-1975 Hardcover – 1976


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316544973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316544979
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Sibley VINE VOICE on June 20, 2004
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The author's death gives rise to another look at his collection of essays. The late William Manchester wrote history interestingly. He wrote the longest Presidential obituary in history. Jacqueline Kennedy preferred that Manchester write the history of her husband. At the time William Manchester was working on the Krupp project. Surrogates of the family read the manuscript when completed. There had been some overwriting and revisions and rewriting were undertaken. There was anxiety over Johnson's reaction. The book was to be serialized in LOOK MAGAZINE. The essay "Controversy" details the travails of the historian as Manchester sought to guard the text from frivolous editorial changes. Manchester found being a celebrity difficult business.
He puts to rest the popular assumption that newspapers were responsible for the Spanish American War. Manchester contends the newspapers reflected the times. The irregular forces in the war included aristocrats and journalists. There were thousands of casualities at San Juan. When the Spanish surrendered reporters wanted the honor of running up the American flag. There had not been any real fighting in Manila. Cuba was free, Guam and Puerto Rico were ceded to the United States. Later the US got the Philippines for twenty million dollars. The war against the Filipinos seeking independence lasted for three years. Death from disease reached an horrendous level.
In the Great War the Americans joined forces in England and France on the verge of collapse. The world was perched between Victorian times and the machine age. There were military cliques, stodgy officers. The tank, airplane, submarine and poison gas were deplored. The great armies squatted on the Western front year after year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M Mahoney on September 23, 2013
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This was written to address the problems with the Kennedy's prior to publication of Death of a President. It was an interesting read and put the situation into the writers perspective.
Since there was not enough material for a book on its own he added "views" of American institutions, including personal life experiences. (as a marine in WWII, views on NY Times etc.) I found it very interesting, especially reading it in 2013 since it was published in 1977.
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By Dr. R. W. Butcher on February 5, 2015
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These are wonderful essays!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Cotugno on April 17, 2013
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Highly informative essay on why the Kennedys did not want "Death of a President" published.
William Manchester was an excellent writer & his books were always well researched.
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William Manchester is Professor of History Emeritus at Wesleyan University. His bestselling books include The Last Lion, a multi-volume biography of Winston Churchill; American Caesar, a biography of Douglas MacArthur; The Death of a President, The Arms of Krupp, and A World Lit Only by Fire. He lives in Connecticut.

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