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Tabloid Man & the Baffling Chair of Death, Vol. 1 Paperback – February 5, 2011
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Paul Bannister was a national newspaper reporter in England, became senior reporter at the National Enquirer and has freelanced for all the US tabloids, and other magazines, for several decades. He lives in Oregon.
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We follow a young upstart paper reporter from across the pond who chose to dabble in the occult, UFOs and other unmentionables. That fascination brought him to a little hamlet in Florida where he delighted, amazed and astonished the Enquirer publisher and a host of editors for a number of years.
The saga of Paul Bannister as told in this book is a lesson of how far out stories became believable to millions of readers by hook and some crooks. Besides manufacturing predictions, Paul was busy discovering cures for incurable diseases, and chasing ghosts around the world. In fact, Paul himself was a ghost....ghost writer that is.
The book is brilliantly written, very entertaining and highly recommended reading for astute and non-astute examiners of the American public psyche as well as those curious about the inner workings of tabloids. Get it...you won't be sorry. In the interest of fairness and full disclosure, I must state that during the makings of many of these stories I was actually there, in person. Really.
Given Paul's good Catholic upbringing it was amuzing to see he spent so much of his professional life under another Pope!
This is a great read and he certainly doesn't let the facts get in the way of a good story. Go ahead, buy it and give it to your mother-in-law who bought the Inquirere every week in the supermarket checkout line. Give it to her for Mother's Day she will thank you.