Dead Tree Media: Manufacturing the Newspaper in Twentieth-Century North America

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Johns Hopkins University Press
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Stamm is an associate professor of history at Michigan State University. He is the author of Sound Business: Newspapers, Radio, and the Politics of New Media.


"A fascinating narrative about newsprint that encompasses the history of journalism, trade relations, and industrial capitalism in twentieth-century North America... [Stamm's] research is impressive and the portrayal of McCormick's empire enthralling."

--Charlotte Gray "Literary Review of Canada "

"Dead Tree Media: Manufacturing the Newspaper in Twentieth-Century North America, the inaugural winner of the Canadian Business History Association's Best Book in Canadian Business History, demonstrates that the industry built to deliver the product of dead trees hot off the presses onto citizens' doorsteps -- just to keep them informed of the daily news -- at one time unleashed massive economic and industrial disruption of its own."

--Financial Post

"Historians of the newspaper business fixate on press coverage of a certain event, or on how a publisher's ideology shaped a paper. The historian Michael Stamm upends traditional approaches to the newspaper business. Rather than focus on its public face, he explores its connections to global supply chains, international trade relations, regional economic development, and other issues that seem worlds apart from the blaring headlines."

--David Welky, University of Central Arkansas "Journal of American History "