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Press gang : how newspapers make profits from propaganda

Author: Roy Greenslade
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2003.
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"In a comprehensive account of the national newspaper industry from 1945 onwards, Press Gang goes behind the headlines to reveal the Machiavellian takeover plots, the power wielded by proprietors and the influence enjoyed by editors." "It details the end of the era of the old-style press barons and the emergence of global media tycoons. It highlights the often fraught relationships between owners and editors. It  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Greenslade
ISBN: 0333783115 9780333783115
OCLC Number: 52696065
Description: x, 787 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. 1945-1950 --
1. Printing for victory --
2. The press versus the politicians --
Pt. 2. 1951-1955 --
3. The baronial retreat --
4. All this --
and circulation too! --
Pt. 3. 1956-1960 --
5. Death, departure and darkness --
6. Suez: the explosion of a media myth --
Pt. 4. 1961-1965 --
7. Sex, spies and an overdose of sociology --
8. Profumo: the great non-story that ran and ran --
Pt. 5. 1966-1970 --
9. The King is dead! Long live Rupert! --
10. Sex, death and rebellion --
Pt. 6. 1971-1975 --
11. The soaraway Sun and strikeaway unions --
12. Strikes, stunts and scoops --
Pt. 7. 1976-1980 --
13. Selling off the family silver --
14. Diana and Maggie, the making of press icons --
Pt. 8. 1981-1985 --
15. New tycoons for old --
16. Gotcha! The Ripper, Hitler and a fairytale wedding --
Pt. 9. 1986-1990 --
17. The Wapping revolution --
18. Public interest and the freedom to be private --
Pt. 10. 1991-1995 --
19. A media magnate goes to war --
20. Was it really the Sun wot won it? --
Pt. 11. 1996-2003 --
21. Is it dumb to chase readers.
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Tracing the changing face of British Newspapers, Roy Greenslade shows how the way we live has been shaped by what we read. He examines the trends, the biases and the impact of the press as we know it  Read more...

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