The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars

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Product Details

Price
$17.00
Publisher
Broadway Books
Publish Date
Pages
325
Dimensions
8.04 X 0.74 X 7.42 inches | 0.54 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780307592217
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About the Author

Paul Collins is the author of seven books, which have been translated into ten languages. His work has appeared in Slate, New Scientist, and The New York Times, and he is regularly featured on NPR's Weekend Edition as their "literary detective." He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Reviews

"[Collins'] exploration of the newspaper world, at the very moment when tabloid values were being born, is revealing but also enormously entertaining....Collins has a clear eye, a good sense of telling detail, and a fine narrative ability." --Wall Street Journal

"Riveting....Collins has mined enough newspaper clippings and other archives to artfully recreate the era, the crime and the newspaper wars it touched off." --New York Times

"[A] richly detailed book that reads like a novel and yet maintains a strict fidelity to facts. THE MURDER OF THE CENTURY isn't a case of history with a moral. It's simply a fantastic, factual yarn, and a reminder that abhorrent violence is nothing new under the sun." --Oregonian

"A wonderful reminder that we have often been just as we are: fools for spectacle, short of memory, cheered by the invigorating shock of the immoral." --Willamette Week

"Paul Collins' account of the headless torso murder that led to an all-out newspaper war and then a dramatic trial has all the timeless elements of a great yarn--a baffling mystery, intriguing suspects, and flawed detectives. It's compelling history that's also great page-turning entertainment." --Howard Blum, author of The Floor of Heaven and American Lightning

"Wonderfully rich in period detail, salacious facts about the case and infectious wonder at the chutzpah and inventiveness displayed by Pulitzer's and Hearst's minions. Both a gripping true-crime narrative and an astonishing portrait of fin de siecle yellow journalism." --Kirkus Reviews

"A dismembered corpse and rival newspapers squabbling for headlines fuel Collins's intriguing look at the birth of "yellow journalism" in late-19th-century New York. an in-depth account of the exponential growth of lurid news and the public's (continuing) insatiable appetite for it." --Publishers Weekly