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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Excelsior Editions (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438449178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438449173
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harry Rosenfeld spent his working life as a newspaperman--editor, war correspondent, columnist.  Retired since 1998, he is a consultant to the Times Union of Albany and continues as a member of its editorial board.  He had been hired in 1978 to be the first editor of two Hearst Albany newspapers. A Sunday column he wrote as editor and continued for many years in retirement, was distributed nationally. 

Before Albany, Rosenfeld was an Assistant Managing Editor of The Washington Post in charge of the Watergate expose.  In twelve years at The Post, Rosenfeld also headed the foreign, national and book reviews and opinion sections.

Rosenfeld began his newspaper career at The New York Herald Tribune and eventually served as Managing Editor of the Herald Tribune News Service and as Foreign Editor of the paper. 
Rosenfeld was chosen as a Pulitzer juror four times and was elected to twelve terms as Vice Chairman of the New York State Conference on Fair Trial/Free Press.  He served on three New York State Commissions studying the use of cameras in the courts.

Rosenfeld was the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award established by Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences.  He was honored with the First Amendment Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith in Los Angeles for Watergate as well as the Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press. 

Born in Berlin, Germany in 1929, he emigrated to the U.S. with his family in May, 1939. He was graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and from Syracuse University in 1952 with a B.A. in American Literature.   He did graduate work Columbia University in public policy and international relations. 

He is a veteran of the Korean War. Married to Anne Hahn since 1953, they have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

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Anyone interested in modern American political history could read it to advantage.
Samuel Gorovitz
Harry Rosenfeld’s personal memoir tells of the development and working life of the editor who directed the newspaper craftsmanship that gave us the Watergate story.
Jim Jordan
With articulate language, Harry Rosenfeld has challenged the reader to think deeply.
Janis Pechenik

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Gorovitz on November 24, 2013
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This memoir sizzles with candor and insight, in a first person narrative of actions and events that redirected American political history. Rosenfeld is a tough judge of others, but is no less tough on himself. The book -- through his distinctive lens -- shows us much about the insides of journalism and politics at the highest levels -- and much of it is ugly. But much of it is ennobling, also. Any student of approaches to leaderhip can learn from this book. Anyone interested in modern American political history could read it to advantage. But it should be required for all who care about the possibility of journalism with integrity, even and perhaps especially in these changing times when print gives way to web sites and social media, and the boundaries between journalism and entertainment have blurred. It's a bonus that the writing is direct and lucid, carrying the reader forward in complete absorption. (A few typos slipped through, but the book has been produced with care and respect by the publisher -- a happy fact one can no longer take for granted.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Janis Pechenik on October 18, 2013
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Harry Rosenfeld is a special gift to humanity. With this book, he relates his experiences during Kristallnacht to the effects that this experience has had on his life and family. With articulate language, Harry Rosenfeld has challenged the reader to think deeply. How has your history had an effect on your life today? The language that he choses will challenge you to think. This should be a required reading for high school students. Thje effect of this man on the world that he has lived in is a lesson for all of us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ad6158 on December 6, 2013
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Loved it! Riveting look back at a pivotal time for those of us who remember the Watergate era. If you lived it, you'll love it. And if you didn't live it, a page turning look at recent history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Maurer on January 13, 2014
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You can smell the ink in this insider's exposition of how America is well served by a committed and free press. The detailed insight into reporting, newsroom politics and the great stories of the last 50 years is rewarding. Editor Rosenfeld, having done it all, achieves a gravitas in this comprehensive and poignant story of a Polish/German immigrant fleeing the Nazi holocaust, speaking no English and becoming America's foremost recent example of why the pen is mightier than the sword.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Jordan on January 27, 2014
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Four stars because some may find the book too detailed, but five stars for anyone fascinated by '60s and '70s history, good journalism, and newspaper operations – and by an interesting life story well-told.

I started my working life delivering the Washington Post 65 years ago and gained a lifelong interest in the news and current affairs by reading the Post in the hour and half between finishing my deliveries and going off to school. When I had to do a report for my Junior High Print Shop class, my manager arranged a tour of the Post’s operations and presses. My interest in the Post has continued to this day.

Harry Rosenfeld’s From Kristallnacht to Watergate brought back a flood of memories, but also new insights into the standards, disciplines, hard work,and stories, especially Watergate, that raised the Post to the first rank among U.S. newspapers.

Harry Rosenfeld’s personal memoir tells of the development and working life of the editor who directed the newspaper craftsmanship that gave us the Watergate story. Along the way, there are carefully drawn pictures of early life in a secular Jewish family living in Germany, of Kristallnacht and its aftermath, of coming to New York in 1939 and of becoming a committed, patriotic American … committed to being part of a free press that could reveal the ugliness of leaders who would perpetrate Kristallnachts on the world.

Rosenfeld started at the bottom of the New York Herald Tribune as a shipping clerk, frequently having to deal with the printers – his description of the process for getting a story from the editor’s desk onto a printed page provides a real feel for the craftsmen who made that happen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on February 6, 2014
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I loved his stories and insight during his period at the Washington Post....The book gives you an idea of the time and talent it takes to work for a major newspaper and the process of "getting the paper" out each day in that era is described in great detail which is wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Herbie on January 22, 2014
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WONDERFUL !!!!! The fulfillment of the American Dream. Exactly what this country is all about, and even the president is not immune to the laws of the land. There should be a medal for Rosenfeld, Woodward and Bernstein.
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More About the Author

About the Author: Harry Rosenfeld spent his working life as a newspaperman--editor, war correspondent, columnist. Retired since 1998, he is a consultant to the Times Union of Albany and continues as a member of its editorial board. He had been recruited in 1978 to be the first editor of two Hearst Albany newspapers, the morning Times Union and the afternoon Knickerbocker News. A Sunday column he wrote as editor and continued for many years in retirement, was distributed nationally.

Before Albany, Rosenfeld was an Assistant Managing Editor of The Washington Post in charge of the Watergate expose. In twelve years at The Post, Rosenfeld also headed the foreign, national and book reviews and opinion sections.

Rosenfeld began his newspaper career at The New York Herald Tribune and eventually served as Managing Editor of the Herald Tribune News Service and as Foreign Editor of the paper.

Rosenfeld was chosen as a Pulitzer juror four times and was elected to twelve terms as Vice Chairman of the New York State Conference on Fair Trial/Free Press. He served on three New York State Commissions studying the use of cameras in the courts as well as on one that prescribed library reforms to meet 21st Century needs.

Rosenfeld was the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award established by Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences. He was honored with the First Amendment Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith in Los Angeles for Watergate as well as the Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press.

Other awards include one from the Black United Front of Washington, D.C., another from the New York State Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and Institute for Non-Violence. Albany's Maimonides School honored him with its Dr. Morton Berger Memorial Award.

Born in Berlin, Germany in 1929, he emigrated to the U.S. with his family in May, 1939. He was graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and from Syracuse University in 1952 with a B.A. in American Literature. He did graduate studies at Columbia University in public policy and international relations.

A veteran of the Korean War, he attained the rank of corporal and served as a military historian. Married to Anne Hahn since 1953, they have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

To see a list of author events, go to www.harryrosenfeldmemoir.com

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