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Newspaper Titan: The Infamous Life and Monumental Times of Cissy Patterson Hardcover – September 6, 2011

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"HUGELY READABLE...a model of its kind. Combining her subject's vitality with an accuracy and restraint wholly absent in the mercurial publisher, Smith gives us the fullest, fairest portrait we are ever likely to have of Cissy Patterson, her family, and their contentious approach to the news." -Richard Norton Smith in THE WEEKLY STANDARD

"This book has it all: power, glamour, sex, war, and scandal.  Cissy Patterson was a formidable figure in the American Century, and Amanda Smith has done a splendid job bringing the great newspaper publisher back to vivid life."  -Jon Meacham

"Newspaper Titan is exemplary." -COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW

"Filled with more backstabbing, social climbing, and decadence than a season of Dynasty, Newspaper Titan is the story of canny Medill heiress Cissy Patterson, the 20th century's first major female editor in chief, whose personal life was a Whartonian saga of American entitlement colliding with dubious European aristocracy."  -VOGUE.com

Called "perhaps the most powerful" and the "most hated" woman in America in the 1940s, Cissy's fascinating and curious life is examined here in detail. But this lengthy book is never boring, because its subject is such an outrageously flamboyant and historically significant figure.  -SHELF-AWARENESS.COM

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Amanda Smith was born and raised in New York City. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. She is the editor of Hostage to Fortune: The Letters of Joseph P. Kennedy. Smith lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.

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