Like Alfred Nobel, Joseph Pulitzer is better known today for the prize that bears his name than his contribution to history. Yet, in 19th-century industrial America, while Carnegie provided the steel, Rockefeller the oil, Morgan the money, and Vanderbilt the railroads, Pulitzer invented the modern mass media.
The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism
"Reads like a true-crime page-turner. . .An engrosing read."
"Morris's impressive achievement will enthrall readers."
"Chapin was quite a characrter, and Mr. Morris describes him with verve and an eye for colorful detail (not to mention occasional breathlessness) that match the riproaring tabloid era he lived in."
"James McGrath Morris's well-researched narrative has the pace and detail of an engrossing historical novel."
"Damned good story in any era."
"with this scrupulously researched book, Mr. Morris resuces an engaging character form historical oblivion and opens a window onto a raucus, roiling epoch that played itself out in 22-point type."
$18.00, 480 pages, ISBN 0-8323-2268-3 (Fordham University Press)
Jailhouse Journalism: The Fourth Estate Behind Bars
"The most current and comprehensive book available on correctional journalism. . . a great study of freedom, confinement, communications and several nearly forgotten aspects of penal history."
"An impressively researched history of a vital, neglected aspect of prison culture."
Belongs in the permanent collection of anyone interested in prisons or journalism."
$24.95, 251 pages, ISBN 0-7658-0891-9 (Transaction Books)