The Publisher by Alan Brinkley audiobook

The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century

By Alan Brinkley
Read by Sean Runnette

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200106905

  • ISBN: 9798200106899

  • ISBN: 9798200106912

Runtime: 21.36 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

As the founder of Time, Fortune, and Life magazines, Henry Luce changed the way we consume news and the way we understand our world. Born the son of missionaries, Luce spent his childhood in rural China, yet he glimpsed a milieu of power altogether different at Hotchkiss and later at Yale. While working at a Baltimore newspaper, he and Brit Hadden conceived the idea of Time: a "news-magazine" that would condense the week's events in a format accessible to increasingly busy members of the middle class. They launched it in 1923, and young Luce quickly became a publishing titan. In 1936, after Time's unexpected success—and Hadden's early death—Luce published the first issue of Life, to which millions soon subscribed. Historian Alan Brinkley shows how Luce reinvented the magazine industry in just a decade. The appeal of Life seemingly cut across the lines of race, class, and gender. Luce himself wielded influence hitherto unknown among journalists. By the early 1940s, he had come to see his magazines as vehicles to advocate for America's involvement in the escalating international crisis, in the process popularizing the phrase "World War II." In spite of Luce's great success, happiness eluded him. His second marriage—to the glamorous playwright, politician, and diplomat Clare Boothe—was a shambles. Luce spent his later years in isolation, consumed at times with conspiracy theories and peculiar vendettas. The Publisher tells a great American story of spectacular achievement—yet it never loses sight of the public and private costs at which that achievement came.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Mr Brinkley has an eye for both the telling detail and the broad sweep of Luce's role as the man who saw the need for a national news magazine and foresaw the American century. The Economist

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Author

Author Bio: Alan Brinkley

Author Bio: Alan Brinkley

Alan Brinkley is the Allan Nevins Professor of American history at Columbia University. His books include Voices of Protest, which won the National Book Award for History, and The Unfinished Nation. His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the New Republic, and other publications. He lives in New York City.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 21.36
Audience: Adult
Language: English