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Headless Body in Topless Bar: The Best Headlines from America's Favorite Newspaper Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 25, 2008
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About the Author
The staff of the New York Post—for all the paper's illustrious history—is a fairly irreverent bunch. One way or another, the staffers who wrote these headlines have been around since 1801. Or rather, the spirit surrounding them has.
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The book starts off with a 2-page history of the Post (mostly changes of ownership) followed by several pages bent on sliming the 1993 owner, real estate mogul Abe Hirschfield. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Post can't seem to get enough of laying this gentleman low. The rest of the book is devotes to covers and memorable inside pages. The chosen covers are taken from the world of politics ("The Full Monica"), sports ("May the Curse Be With You" -- odious to this Red Sox fan, but clever nonetheless) and the Mafia ("Gotti's Greatest Hits").Read more ›
As the Post is a down-market tabloid the headlines are no-nonsense grabbers that are history by the next edition which is why I found so many of them rather superficial and that only pointed up several that I thought classics. The arrest of Panama dictator Noriega in 1990: CANNED PINEAPPLE (because of his pock-marked face), Mike Tyson fight: BITE OF THE CENTURY, Russel Crowe court case: CROWE FLIES.
What did intrigue me about the Post pages was the sloppy design. There seemed to be no tabloid style of locking the headlines, pictures and text in a tight page design. Odd because Murdoch's News Corporation who owns the paper also owns Britain's best selling tabloid the Sun, which daily produces great newspaper pages in the best tabloid style. The best selling German tabloid Bilt also has tightly designed pages, yet the Post, from what is shown in the book, rather ignores the tabloid look.
As a collector of great headlines, I've enjoyed these:
* U.S. ADMITS ATTACKS ON ALLIED WARSHIPS `MISTAKEN FOR HELICOPTERS'
* The war of the obese parsnip: will sugar cane take a beating
* Lone rower may miss Australia
* You Pretend to Drive, We Pretend to Get You There (about taxi drivers in Moscow)
And my favorite from the British Sunday Times in 1993 about the Inspector Morse TV series: Backward reels the mind in the dotty dash to give Morse a name
***SEE SOME INSIDE PAGES (and some from the Brit Sun) by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
I would have gladly paid more for a book with better design and product quality. These faults keep it from being a coffee table book. It's more for the bathroom library, where reading is also an option in our home.
Neverthess, it's fun to flip through.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
should be updated to include stuff from Flunking Chemistry ClassPublished 12 months ago by Jim Lynch
The worst ! Verrrry poorly compiled mess. Get at Library ONLY. This must have been compiled in 4 hours by some Nephew of the so-called "Publisher" whilst he was doing... Read morePublished 20 months ago by SF Paul NS
I love this news paper. To have some of the best front pages is fantastic. It's going to be a nice Coffee table book.Published on December 28, 2013 by Curtis Schulze
i gave it as a gift. our family read many of the articles aloud at our christmas gathering. we got some good laughs.Published on January 6, 2013 by freckles