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God and the Editor: My Search for Meaning at the New York Times Hardcover – July 8, 2009
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But for many of us who worked with him or reported to him, Bob was himself an idol, the ideal editor, pushing his sub-editors to drag the ultimate effort out of writers and reporters, and pressing reporters to fill the holes in their stories, to find answers to questions they had failed to ask, and to seek further truths beyond their stories.
Here in God and the Editor: My Search for Meaning at The New York Times, Phelps leaves no unanswered questions. Through his days at the center of some of the greatest news stories of our times, from the Andrea Doria to Watergate and the Pentagon Papers, he steeps us in both the drama and the tensions of news gathering and news writing.Read more ›
Phelps pulls no punches in evaluating the work of some of the nation's top journalists he worked with at the New York Times and the Boston Globe, both of which he served in major jobs. He also lays out a career of journalistic improvement from serving as a military correspondent in World War II and a rapid reporter writer for the United Press to his greater positions at the best of the main-stream papers.
For an insider's perspective of such major stories as the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and the Boston school desegregation conflict, this book may be the most useful and entertaining source available.
[Disclosure: I worked with Bob at the Times, side by side in the Washington bureau.}
--- Cleve Mathews
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No question about it -- Phelps was there, he saw a lot, and he pulls back the curtain on the politics inside the NYT. Read morePublished on November 7, 2009 by Unhirsute
No one would ever call the New York Times a religious newspaper. "God and the Editor: My Search for Meaning at the New York Times" is the memoir of Robert Phelps, focusing on his... Read morePublished on August 17, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
The events of the book are certainly compelling, but I found that it lacked drama and didn't describe much about what Bob Phelps was feeling during the historic events he was... Read morePublished on August 12, 2009 by C. Webber
God and the Editor is a wonderfully written book that spans the time-frame from childhood to retirement of Times editor Robert Phelps. Read morePublished on June 19, 2009 by Sharon Pierce McCullough
Phelps' book is basically two books wrapped into one. The first is his
professional autobiography as one of the most competent editors active
during the second half of... Read more
Oprah says that everyone has a story. God and the Editor provides insight into Robert H. Phelps' life, pursuit and perseverance to achieve his dream. Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by Camille M. Federoff
This is a wonderful book; a memoir by a wonderful man, now in his 90th year. If you are interested in the newspaper business and/or the news of the world and how we learn about it,... Read morePublished on June 12, 2009 by Nancy Ann S. Karetsky
Just as newspapers fade into history comes a book that encapsulates a half century of journalism's glory days into fewer pages than you'd expect. Read morePublished on June 8, 2009 by Mary P. Packwood
Inspirational, educational, funny, poignant and honest, Bob Phelps'
look back on his life and times is a joy to read, in part because the
writing's spare and clean, the... Read more