The Man Time Forgot: A Tale of Genius, Betrayal, and the Creation of Time Magazine

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Friends, collaborators, and childhood rivals, Briton Hadden and Henry R. Luce were not yet twenty-five when they started Time, the first newsmagazine, at the outset of the Roaring Twenties. By age thirty, they were both millionaires, having laid the foundation for a media empire. But their partnership was explosive and their competition ferocious, fueled by envy as well as love. When Hadden died at the age of thirty-one, Luce began to meticulously bury the legacy of the giant he was never able to best.

In this groundbreaking, stylish, and passionate biography, Isaiah Wilner paints a fascinating portrait of Briton Hadden—genius and visionary—and presents the first full account of the birth of Time, while offering a provocative reappraisal of Henry R. Luce, arguably the most significant media figure of the twentieth century.

Isaiah Wilner is a writer for New York magazine. He attended Yale University and was editor in chief of the Yale Daily News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Man Time Forgot reveals for the first time a media scandal buried nearly eighty years. In this groundbreaking biography, 28-year-old Isaiah Wilner shows that Briton Hadden, not Henry R. Luce, was the genius behind Time magazine.

It's the true story behind the first newsmagazine, which laid the foundation for the world's largest media empire. Hadden and Luce were just 24 years old when they began work on Time at the outset of the Roaring Twenties. Their partnership was explosive and their rivalry ferocious, inspired by envy as well as love. A millionaire at thirty, Hadden died tragically at 31. The same day Luce began to bury the legacy of the giant he had never been able to best.

Drawing upon never-before-published documents from the private archives of Time Inc., personal letters, and interviews, Wilner makes a convincing case that Hadden was the revolutionary mind behind the weekly newsmagazine. He also first dreamed of Life, Sports Illustrated, and the radio quiz show. Luce, long considered the most influential publisher in modern journalism, actively suppressed the evidence of his partner's importance and claimed for himself the glories of Time's success.

The story travels from Yale's famous secret society, Skull and Bones, to high-society Europe and South America, following the friendship of two brilliant and opposite souls who inspired one another to the pinnacle of earthly achievement. The young men emerged from the crucible of the Great War with an idea -- Hadden's idea -- that shortly transformed the field of journalism. By making the news accessible and entertaining, Hadden changed the way we think about the world.

It is not often that a writer of history succeeds in bringing the past to life. Isaiah Wilner does so in this stylish, passionate and provocative debut. The Man Time Forgot centers on the ancient themes of friendship and rivalry, triumph and tragedy. It is a story about the youth who shaped our modern era written by a member of a generation that will help shape the decades to come.

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The Story Behind The Man Time Forgot

THIS BOOK BEGAN at 202 York Street in New Haven, Connecticut, in the Briton Hadden Memorial Building. I spent much of my time there as a junior at Yale when I edited the Yale Daily News. On the top floor, Hadden's dusty portrait looms over the wood-paneled boardroom. Hadden sits in his shirtsleeves and a green eyeshade, armed with a giant Time pencil. Gazing at Hadden's portrait, I became interested in his expression--a sideways smile that gives his face an air of mystery.

Late at night, after putting the paper to bed, I would sit near Hadden's portrait and leaf through the bound volumes. Flipping through his editorials, I was captivated by Hadden's writing style. Rhythmic, compact, Hadden's sentences practically jumped off the page--much like the impish voice of the early Time. If it were true that Hadden's "genius created a new form of journalism," as the plaque in the building's foyer states, I wondered why so few people had heard of him....

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