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The Hard Way: The Odyssey of a Weekly Newspaper Editor Paperback – September 28, 2000

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From Publishers Weekly

Unlike many who have bought small-town weekly newspapers, Brook was a New York City executive without a journalistic background when in 1958 he and a partner acquired the Kennebunk Star in Maine. Twenty years and several partners later, he sold the newspaper (the New York Times now owns it), his borrowed $30,000 investment returning more than $1 million in profit. In this memoir Brook recalls his daring exposes of the malfeasance of local politicians, who were often his neighbors. The Kennebunk Star won regional and national awards as well as a letter of commendation from the Nieman Fellows at Harvard. Especially memorable is Brook's defense of an unpopular, obnoxious local gadfly named Herman Cohen who correctly challenged such seemingly innocuous matters as the purchase of an ambulance with tax money, re-zoning and the like. Journalists will love this delightful reminiscence. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Brook tells a lighthearted story of personal perseverance, of how he abruptly left the urban jungle of New York City to try his hand at a new career in Maine. He takes us through mid-career crises, divorce, and remarriage, as he takes over a failing weekly paper in Kennebunk, learns on the job how to be a publisher, and transforms the paper into the York County Coast Star. Brook provides a lot of details but does not provide enough meaningful introspection for the reader to understand his motivation or his struggle as a journalist. A captivating but superficial yarn.
- Abraham Z. Bass, Northern Illinios Univ., Dekalb
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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