The late David Halberstam was a journalist, heart and soul, with a distinctive way of writing history
CHARLES SAXON’S fond but clear-eyed cartoons are a definitive record of suburban life in the 1960s and ’70s
What you don’t remember about the day JFK was shot
A VETERAN JOURNALIST reflects on how public discourse has been tarnished by the press’s relentless war against Presidents—including his own biggest offense
He was a Northerner. He was an industrialist. He was a Jew. And a young girl was murdered in his factory.
A newsman returns to a classic work by a famous predecessor and finds that Mark Sullivan’s vanished America has something to tell us
He may have been the greatest caricaturist of all time—he has imitators to this day—but his true passion was for a very different discipline
Seen in its proper historical context—amid the height of the Cold War—the investigation into Kennedy’s assassination looks much more impressive and its shortcomings much more understandable
An Interview With Walter Cronkite
The most powerful columnist who ever lived single-handedly made our current culture of celebrity— and then was destroyed by the tools he had used to build it
The mysterious apotheosis of the newspaper editor
Their unwilling subjects considered the tabloid photographers pushy and boorish. But they felt they were upholding a grand democratic tradition.
The American newspaper: beleaguered by television, hated both for its timidity and for its arrogance, biased, provincial, overweening—and still indispensable. A Hearst veteran tells how it got to where it is today, and where it may be headed.
In the infancy of television (but not of American royalty-worship) the networks fought their first all-out battle for supremacy over who would get to show Queen Elizabeth II being crowned
America’s first Miss Lonely hearts advised generations of anxious lovers in the newspaper column that started it all
He wanted only what every journalist of the time did: an exclusive interview with the Duke of Windsor. What he got was an astonishing proposition that sent him on an urgent top-secret visit to the White House and a once-in-a-lifetime story that was too hot to print—until now.
It took us longer to name the war than to fight it
H. T. Webster’s cartoons offer a warm, canny, and utterly accurate view of an era of everyday middle-class life
Since the birth of the nation, the public’s perception of the quality of public schools has swung from approval to dismay and back again. Here an eminent historian traces the course of school reform and finds that neither conservative nor liberal movements ever fully achieve their aims—which may be just as well.
In 1820 their daily existence was practically medieval; thirty years later many of them were living the modern life
To keep Upton Sinclair from becoming governor of California in 1934, his opponents invented a whole new kind of campaign
The distasteful questions we ask our presidential hopefuls serve a real purpose
The early critics of television predicted the new medium would make Americans passively obedient to the powers that be. But they badly underestimated us.
So big was the leak that it might have caused us to lose World War II. So mysterious is the identity of the leaker that we can’t be sure to this day who it was…or at least not entirely sure.
A knowledgeable and passionate guide takes us for a walk down Wall Street, and we find the buildings there eloquent of the whole history of American finance
Extraordinary correspondence, never published before, takes us inside the mind of a military genius. Here is William Tecumseh Sherman in the heat of action inventing modern warfare, grieving the death of his little boy, struggling to hold Kentucky with levies, rolling invincibly across Georgia, and—always—battling the newspapermen whose stories, he believes, are killing his soldiers.
The urge to create literature was as strong in the mid-1800s as it is today, but rejections were brutal and the pay was even worse