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  • Hardcover: 655 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr (Sept. 14 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807134740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807134740
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 18.8 x 4.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,143,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Foreign Reporting Comprehensively Recorded Oct. 20 2009
By Paula Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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Dean John Maxwell Hamilton of the Manship School of Journalism at Louisiana State University has given us in "Journalism's Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting" a comprehensive and fascinating account of the lives and writings of some of journalism's most colorful characters. Beginning with Colonial times and moving to our contemporary era, Dean Hamilton covers a lot of ground but does so in a lively and informative fashion. Anyone interested in journalism or the sweep of America's diplomatic history will find it a valuable source book, as well as a good read. Jack Sullivan, Alexandria, Virginia
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Goldstein Award March 29 2010
By Adrienne L. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the recipient of the 2010 Goldstein Award. This prestigious award, presented by Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, further illuminates the importance of Journalism's Roving Eye for scholars and practitioners.
I successfully assigned this thoroughly excellent book to a university class in foreign correspondence Nov. 19 2014
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I successfully assigned this thoroughly excellent book to a university class in foreign correspondence. Next semester I'm assigning it again in a somewhat differently focused course: international mass media. It's a highly readable work, nothing like your typical dense and boring college textbook, and I'm guessing at least some of the students will want to save it for rereading instead of selling it back to the bookstore at term's end. A number of chapters achieve real greatness. The main competition, Phillip Knightley's The First Casualty, has its points -- and I assigned both of those volumes in the foreign correspondence course -- but Knightley's work is written from a British perspective and may go into too much detail about the Boer War and other such conflicts that are of limited interest to the typical American student.
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Excellent! Oct. 3 2012
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To follow the evolution of north-american foreign correspondents implies to extend a perspective on the history of the past two centuries. This task is beautifully done by John Maxwell Hamilton along the 24 very interesting chapters of this book, whose fantasy titles only glimpse on the dense information content. From the adventures of Benjamin Franklin in the Old Continent, the impact of the French Revolution in America, through the social upheavals in the postromantic '48 in Europe,the opening of the unexplored Africa by the white men in the last quarter of the XIXth century, the final collapse of the spanish empire in Cuba and the Philippines, the emergence of imperial Japan, the First World War and the scenes of the treacherous peace in 1919, the crazy years of the interwar period and the roaring twenties, the adventurous globe-trotters of those carefree years, the collapse of the traditional China and the rise of soviet communism, the birth of fearsome totalitarisms, fascism and nazism, with its mixture of grotesque and horror; the important role played by the radio broadcasting first, and TV later; the outbreak of the Second World War and the developement of an extaordinary body of American war correspondents, the performance of the new colored press in the global fight under the banner of the "W" or the double victory over external enemies and internal segregation, the subsequent performance of journalism during the Cold War, the misleading experience in Korea and the extremely traumatic one in Vietnam, and finally in the recent events of the Middle East... And along the way, the not less interesting references to the "yellow press", the tabloids, the titanic competition between Hearst and Pulitzer, the emergence of major U.S. newspapers, the "muckraking" and its refined successor the investigative journalism, and the so called "new journalism". All this with many references to the leading personalities of journalism, and a rich annotated bibliography that feeds and awakens the reader's eagerness to know more and more about the issues.
In my personal case, characters like Lafcadio Hearn, Frederick Douglass, John Reed, Vincent Sheean, Richard Harding Davis, Dorothy Thompson, Martha Gellhorn, Stephen Crane, Lincoln Steffens, John Gunther, Jack Belden, Walter Lippmann, William Shirer, Harrison Salisbury, Edgar Snow, Walter Cronkite, David Halberstam, and many others have aroused my keenest interest (even though I knew quite a few of them from my previous readings). And not to mention other figures more "light" and picturesque, as Nellie Bly and Thomas Stevens in their round the world, and the theatrical adventures of Richard Halliburton, for example.
In short: a book to read all year, and fruit in a hotbed of new readings inspired by its guide. Excellent!


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