- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: FSG Adult; First Edition edition (Sept. 27 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374235309
- ISBN-13: 978-0374235307
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.9 x 23.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 721 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #941,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Poisoning The Press Hardcover – Sep 28 2010
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“The rise and fall of Jack Anderson is a newspaper story that needed to be told, as Mark Feldstein has done brilliantly. But there is an even more compelling saga tucked inside this book—Anderson versus President Richard Nixon. Feldstein has given us the disgraced Nixon at his best and worst, and in his own words—scatological, criminal, paranoid, and willing to do anything to rid himself of Anderson’s sensational reporting.” —Seymour Hersh, author of Chain of Command
“Mark Feldstein’s compelling reconstruction of the Richard Nixon-Jack Anderson conflict is a groundbreaking history of modern political skulduggery and media scandalmongering. There are no heroes in Feldstein’s book—only the ugly truth about two men who had a lasting impact on American politics and journalism. Poisoning the Press is required reading for anyone interested in the current world of Washington politics and media.” —Robert Dallek, author of Lyndon B. Johnson and An Unfinished Life
“Poisoning the Press is an important book. It couldn’t be more timely and deserves widespread readership . . . [There’s] masterful research and reporting rivetingly written . . . Besides that, it reads like a thriller. Pick it up and you’re not likely to be able to put it down.” —Dan Rather, host of Dan Rather Reports
“I lived through a lot of this while working for Jack Anderson and found it a fascinating and evenhanded account.” —Brit Hume, senior political analyst, FOX News
“When gutter politics are practiced, gutter journalism may be democracy’s last line of defense. In Poisoning the Press, Mark Feldstein eviscerates the two giants of those black arts, Richard Nixon and Jack Anderson . . . A superbly told, hilarious tale, which will also scare the hell out of you.” —Morley Safer, 60 Minutes correspondent
“Poisoning the Press is a stunning tale of political and journalistic dirty tricks. Mark Feldstein reveals how the news is often manufactured in the nation’s capital, and how Washington’s most feared investigative reporter exposed serious abuses of power even while he smeared his targets with sexual innuendo. More significant still, this enthralling account explains the larger story of how our modern era of political scandal was born.” —Michael Isikoff, national investigative correspondent, NBC News
“Mark Feldstein’s Poisoning the Press is a crucially important, brilliantly illuminating work of intense scholarship. As presented in these pages, the legendary feud between Richard Nixon and Jack Anderson reads like a potboiler. It’s essential reading for anybody interested in postwar America. A monumental achievement!” —Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History, Rice University, and author of The Wilderness Warrior
“Poisoning the Press is a fast-paced tour de force. Riveting and often eye-popping, Mark Feldstein’s revelations take us right into the Oval Office, where President Nixon plotted the destruction of his relentless nemesis, columnist Jack Anderson. Feldstein’s voluminous research doesn’t flinch from Anderson’s seamier side, but at his best, the muckraker held the powerful accountable through the kind of investigative journalism often missing in an era of disappearing newspapers and dwindling news budgets.” —Cokie Roberts, news analyst, ABC and NPR, and author of Ladies of Liberty
About the Author
Mark Feldstein, who teaches media and public affairs at George Washington University, was an investigative correspondent for CNN, ABC, and other news outlets for two decades, earning dozens of journalism awards, including an Edward R. Murrow Broadcasting Award, an Alfred I. Dupont–Columbia University Award, and two George Foster Peabody Awards. He received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina.
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Both Jack Anderson and Richard Nixon were driven by personal, reckless ambition and ultimately undone by their hubris. Neither man comes out of this book smelling like roses. Mr. Anderson's tactics in his efforts to get the inside scoop, his carnival-like showmanship, and glaring conflicts-of-interest showed him to be just as much a hypocrite as President Nixon. Misbehaviors of other notables such as Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Reagan, Martin Luther King, J. Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes and the notorious Nixon Plumbers are also given their due. Mr. Anderson repeatedly uncovered and published classified government information that had an impact on Nixon's policies. It is easy to see why the President was infuriated and obsessed with taking down Anderson. Both men felt they were on the right side of what was good for our nation and were willing to do highly unethical and illegal things during their lifetime personal crusades.
Mr. Feldstein depicts Anderson as a more complex, troubled individual who did the public a great service, but in a very sloppy, hypocritical manner. However, the author clearly shows he's no fan of President Nixon. Though the information in this book is truly entertaining and informative, Mr. Feldstein's heavy-handed depiction of the President gives his work the patina of a tabloid newspaper. It would be best for the reader to keep in mind the author focused on President Nixon's relationship with Jack Anderson. Nixon is shown as the major wrongdoer and the carnival columnist is viewed as the lesser of two evils. The book is well worth reading, but not a work that will go down well with Nixon apologists such as G. Gordon Liddy.
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