- Paperback: 928 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; 1st Back Bay Pbk. Ed edition (September 20, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316836311
- ISBN-13: 978-0316836319
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times 1st Back Bay Pbk. Ed Edition
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This mammoth history of the dynasty that created and controls The New York Times is as epic in its scope as is the role of the newspaper in America. Like any good epic, this story is filled with its fair share of personal ambition, disappointment, competing heirs to the throne, fierce loyalties, and powerful intrigue. The story of The Times starts in 1896, when Adolph Ochs, a young German Jew, buys the undistinguished and nearly bankrupt The New-York Times (the dash was later dropped). He worked hard to distinguish its style from the florid journalism that marked rival papers, and soon Ochs's paper, with its straightforward reporting, became the favorite of the Wall Street and Uptown sets. He toiled, too, to ensure that The Times never earned the moniker "too Jewish." Ochs assiduously declined to promote Jewish editors and was an outspoken opponent of the free state of Israel. And writers Susan Tifft and Alex Jones argue persuasively that in its drive to appear absolutely objective about Jewish issues, the paper (under the leadership at this point of Ochs's son-in-law Arthur Hays Sulzberger) underreported the Holocaust--keeping stories of Hitler's early maneuvers off the front page, failing to name concentration-camp victims as Jews. Though significant, World War II was just one moment in the hundred-year-long history of the paper thus far. The Trust vividly chronicles some of the The Times's most famous moments--the controversial publication of the Pentagon Papers and its transition to a publicly held company in the late '60s are just two--along with the personal histories of four generations of Ochses and Sulzbergers. With its strong foundation of well-researched facts, thoughtful analysis, and excellent narration, The Trust is itself a great work of journalism that does its storied subject proud. --Anna Baldwin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Tifft, a former Time magazine associate editor, and Jones, who won a Pulitzer while working for the New York Times, offer a collective biography of the family behind "all the news that's fit to print."
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Chattanooga of 1878 was something of a melting pot. Adolph launched a love affair with Iphigenia Miriam Wise of Cincinnati. After their marriage Effie and Adolph's life centered on THE CHATTANOOGA TIMES. Their daughter was named Iphigene in honor of Effie. Adolph's sister had a son named Julius Ochs Adler. Adolph sought to make his newspaper impartial. His ambitions exceeded the profits at THE CHATTANOOGA TIMES. He had to borrow to finance the building, the Ochs building, that housed the newspaper.
In 1896, learning that THE NEW YORK TIMES was available for purchase, he traveled to the city. He made an ally of Charles Miller, president of the company and editor. Miller listened to Adolph's plan to revive the newspaper. Adolph met with influential stockholders, Morgan and Schiff. Adolph received operational control of THE NEW YORK TIMES. He earned ten thousand dollars a year as publisher of THE NEW YORK TIMES. By 1899 Adolph had a controlling interest in the TIMES. Too, by the turn of the century, Adolph had fostered a mystique about THE NEW YORK TIMES. Carr Van Anda became managing editor in 1904. Free and clear title to THE NEW YORK TIMES was obtained in 1916. The first year the newspaper ran the Hundred Neediest Cases Fund was in 1912.
Initially Arthur Hays Sulzberger made little impression on Iphigene. Later the couple had a whirlwind romance and married at the time of the First World War. By April 1918 Iphigene was pregnant. Arthur worked at the TIMES, becoming a newsprint expert. Newsprint was scarce after the war. Then he showed an instinct for the news business. During the GREAT DEPRESSION the profits at the TIMES were reduced by eighty percent. After the death of Adolph Ochs Arthur Hays Sultzberger became publisher and president of THE NEW YORK TIMES in 1935.
The newspaper failed to highlight Nazi atrocities. Iphigene Sultzberger experienced remorse over the people she did not save during the Holocaust. Postwar THE NEW YORK TIMES aspired to be a New York-based paper with a national circulation. In 1945 the TIMES acquired WQXR, a classical music station. The TIMES, with its superior reporting capabilities, suffered mightily in the 1963 newspaper strike. The settlement of the dispute added 3.5 million in costs to the TIMES operation that could not be absorbed easily. Abe Raskin nailed down the details of the strike and the settlement in his reporting of the matter. As publisher, it was Orvil Dryfoos's finest hour to permit the fifteen thousand word article to be published.
During a later era, Abe Rosenthal didn't understand the lack of respect for academic authority some of the protesting Columbia students exhibited. Rioting students believed the TIMES story of police conduct at Low Memorial Library was a whitewash. On the other hand, Lyndon Johnson came to believe that THE NEW YORK TIMES wanted him to lose the War in Vietnam. The editor Punch Sultzberger appointed, Abe Rosenthal, had an 'idealistic attachment to America and considered journalism a patriotic act'.
In 1969 the TIMES went public. The publication of the Pentagon Papers was the grand defining moment of Punch Sultzberger's leadership of the TIMES. The directors and the family members were informed of the decision to publish after the fact. Henry Kissinger, it seems, pushed President Nixon to oppose disclosure of the Pentagon Papers. This is something of a life and times treatment, but the subject is not a person but an institution, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and secondarily the Ochs-Sultzberger family for whom the TIMES is a sort of trust. The authors of the book have amassed a mound of factual details and have handled the material collected adroitly.
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