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The Powers That Be

Halberstam, David

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ISBN 10: 0394503813 / ISBN 13: 9780394503813
Published by Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 1979
Condition: Fair Hardcover
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Long inscription by the author and signed on the front endpaper. Signed to "fellow member of the Benevolent & Protective Society of Soldiers Field Football Writers." Laid in is a card from the signing event from May 3, 1979, The Boston Literary Hour. The book is faded on the spine and edges, some soiling to the covers and back. Bookseller Inventory # 016343

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Title: The Powers That Be

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fair

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: Second Printing

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Recounts the growth in power and influence of the great media institutions and the changes that they have brought about on the American scene, focusing on the people who make up Time Incorporated, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and CBS


"The book provided manna for political, history, political science and journalism junkies and groupies. It bared the warts -- biases, politically partisan maneuverings, egos, dollars-and-cents motivations, personality clashes, society maneuvers, internal political wars, insecurities, chauvinistic behaviors and restricted realities of the news organizations as seen through the people who owned and ran them. Stories galore."--Australasian Journal of American Studies "Halberstam deploys a stunning novelistic skill in showing how his scores of characters feel about one another... Every page carries a graphic revelation of some piece of subtle delineation, flashes of insight struck off by the adjacencies of power. So understanding is the reporting that the skeletons, once hauled from their closets, don't rattle much." -- Anthony Smith, The Nation "[An] important and admirable book ... The Powers That Be will remain stirring history." -- Richard Rovere, New York Times Book Review "Extremely good reading. It builds a lucid and engaging narrative about important people and important events and ... will keep readers up after bedtime. It is also crammed with anecdotes available only to insiders." -- American Journal of Sociology

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