The Swamp Root Chronicle: Adventures in the Word Trade

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This is the rollicking, poignant, dramatic story of the distinguished former editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Monthly, to whom his profession was not only a high calling but a way of "being paid to have fun". Once picked up, there is no escaping this book. Reading The Swamp Root Chronicle is as much fun as living it was for Manning. Photos.

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Manning offers an account of his journalistic odyssey from copy boy at the Binghamton Press to editor-in-chief of the Atlantic Monthly (1966-80). It's an anecdotal journal, a reminiscence about newspapers' good old days brightened by Manning's fine attention to wordcraft. When editing the Atlantic , for example, he wanted to "put together a magazine that offered one kind of predictability, call it expectability, while avoiding the other kind, the predictability that induces monotony." Each chapter stands alone as a personal (occasionally precious) and historical vignette. Swamp Root, incidentally, was a "kickapoo joy-juice sort of potion" advertised in Binghamton at the turn of the century. Not essential reading but thoroughly enjoyable.
- Jo Cates, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Ill.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Born in 1919, Manning ( The American Experience in Vietnam ) chronicles his varied and exciting journalistic career in a diverting autobiography. Work as a copyboy and then a reporter for his hometown newspaper, the Binghamton (N.Y.) Press , led Manning to interesting assignments with the AP and UPI during WW II. While a writer for Time , he was tapped to become President John F. Kennedy's press liaison. A successful stint from 1966 to 1980 as editor-in-chief of the prestigious Atlantic ended bitterly when real-estate developer Mort Zuckerman bought the magazine and fired Manning. Portraits of Ernest Hemingway, Henry Luce, JFK and other literary and political figures Manning worked with add further spice to this buoyant, good-humored memoir. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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