Stock Image

American Dreamers: The Wallaces and Reader's Digest: An Insider's Story

Peter Canning

14 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0684809281 / ISBN 13: 9780684809281
Published by Simon & Schuster, 1996
Used Hardcover
From Loyal Oak Books (Norton, OH, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since February 25, 2002

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 3.50 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.95 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

Our Bargain Basement Books are in good to fair condition. No loose pages or missing covers. There may be some markings in book, some may be ex-library. Bookseller Inventory # BB142006

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: American Dreamers: The Wallaces and Reader's...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard

About this title


Traces the evolution of the magazine from a tiny operation run by DeWitt and Lila Wallace to an American institution plagued by rivalries and greed


Dewitt and Lila Wallace founded Reader's Digest in the 1930s to provide edifying articles for people who often read little else. Canning, a former Digest managing editor, has written an in-depth history of the Wallaces' project, which turned into a publishing phenomenon. While he shows due respect to the Wallaces for their early struggles, their generosity to staff and their philanthropy, the author reveals unDigest-like details of their unusual sex lives, and more tellingly documents considerable government interference with the magazine's content. In the 1940s and 50s the CIA fed articles to the Digest. During the Vietnam War it was stridently hawkish, and Richard Nixon's speeches formed the basis of editorials. While too many Digest stories have had the insipid flavor of packaged pieces of puffed-up positive thinking, Canning's history is stronger stuff.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, checks and money orders. Book purchases made
by check will be held 10 days to give the check time to clear the bank. Loyal
Oak Books, Dolores Butrick, 3234 S. Cleve-Mass Rd., Norton, Ohio 44203 USA.

Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order