Eric Burns, host of Fox News Channel's "Fox News Watch" relates the story.
We may have come a long way in the technologies we use for our media, but the problems here of lies, leaks, and libel will sound familiar to modern readers.
After reading this book, I realize that things were a whole lot worse than they are now.
Readable, illuminating narrative. No matter how bad or biased you might think journalism is today, current shortcomings pale by comparison with what Burns documents. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kenneth Umbach
This is a fantastic book that shows, in great detail, the knock down drag out war between the Republicans and the Federalists that was fought by proxy in the press. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Randy
Much needed history of the press, and the men behind the newspapers, in the formative years of the Republic. They were as important as the Founding Fathers.Published 14 months ago by Kathleen M. Dervin
This is an eye opener for anyone who looks back on history and assumes things were done more honorably, more civilly, and with more integrity than they are now. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. Howells
This book explains the history of Journalism since the beginning of the new Americas. This book is a good read to understand the history from word of mouth to the printed word.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I happened to see this book while on vacation; we were killing time in a beautiful atheneum in St. Johnsbury, VT waiting for the start of a movie we wanted to see down the street. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Pamela Munton
The book is a readable account of the beginnings of American newspapers, which were at times more biased and full of lies than today's worst news outlets. Read morePublished on September 15, 2012 by maryl
Very comprehensive review of the early history of American journalism and its impact on the politics of the day leading up to the Revolutionary War. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by Warren Cook
To a great degree, the Founding Fathers were the "Infamous Scribblers." Only George Washington, writes Eric Burns probably never wrote a line intended for newspaper... Read morePublished on November 13, 2010 by Harry Eagar