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The magnificent Medills : America's royal family of journalism during a century of turbulent splendor

Author: Megan McKinney
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The riveting story of the country's first media dynasty, the Medills of Chicago, whose power and influence shaped the story of American and American journalism for four generations.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Joseph Medill; Robert Rutherford McCormick; Eleanor Medill Patterson; Alicia Patterson; Joseph Medill; Robert Rutherford McCormick; Eleanor Medill Patterson; Alicia Patterson; Robert Rutherford McCormick; Joseph Medill; Alicia Patterson; Eleanor Medill Patterson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Megan McKinney
ISBN: 9780061782237 0061782238
OCLC Number: 703206407
Description: xi, 448 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Fertile soil --
The patriarch --
Joseph Medill and the making of the president 1860 --
The great Chicago fire : Mayor Medill's personal phoenix --
The worst two she-devils in all of Chicago --
The Medill sisters' upward scramble --
Cissy comes of age --
The male cousins : heirs, pawns, victims, survivors --
Cissy : debutante countess --
Dynasty in jeopardy --
The countess and her admirers --
World War I and the creation of Colonel Robert R. McCormick --
The Jazz Age collides with The Chicago tribune --
The rise of the New York daily news : love, sex, money and murder --
The Cartier life --
The colonel of Chicagoland --
The editor wore emeralds : Mrs. Eleanor Medill Patterson's Washington herald --
Alicia Patterson, surrogate son --
The bittersweet revenge of Alicia's Newsday --
Hubris : FDR and the McCormick-Patterson axis --
The cousins in winter --
Epilogue: after the Medill century.
Responsibility: Megan McKinney.

Abstract:

The riveting story of the country's first media dynasty, the Medills of Chicago, whose power and influence shaped the story of American and American journalism for four generations.

When thirty-two-year-old former lawyer Joseph Medill bought a controlling stake in the bankrupt Chicago Daily Tribune in 1855, he had no way of foreseeing the unparalleled influence he and his progeny would have on the world of journalism and on American society at large. Medill personally influenced the political tide that transformed America during the midnineteenth century by fostering the Republican Party, engineering the election of Abraham Lincoln and serving as a catalyst for the outbreak of the Civil War. The dynasty he established, filled with colorful characters, went on to take American journalism by storm. His grandson, Colonel Robert R. McCormick, personified Chicago, as well as its great newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, throughout much of the twentieth century. Robert's cousin, Joseph Medill Patterson, started the New York Daily News, and Joe's sister, Cissy Patterson, was the innovative editor of the Washington Times-Herald. In the fourth generation, Alicia Patterson founded Long Island's Newsday, the most stunning journalistic accomplishment of post-World War II America. Printer's ink raged in the veins of the Medills, the McCormicks and the Pattersons throughout a century, and their legacy prevailed for another five decades- always in the forefront of events, shaping the intellectual and social pulse of America. At the same time, the dark side of the intellectual stardom driving the dynasty was a destructive compulsion that left clan members crippled by their personal demons of chronic depression, alcoholism, drug abuse and even madness and suicide. Rife with authentic conversations and riveting quotes, The Magnificent Medills is the premiere cultural history of America's first media empire. This dynamic family and their brilliance, eccentricities and ultimate self-destruction are explored in a sweeping narrative that interweaves the family's personal activities and public achievements against a larger historical background. Authoritative, compelling and thoroughly engaging, The Magnificent Medills brings the pages of history that the Medills wrote vividly to life.

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