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During the 1940s and 1950s, one name, John Bartlow Martin, dominated the pages of the "big slicks," the Saturday Evening Post, LIFE, Harper’s, Look, and Collier’s. A former reporter for the Indianapolis Times, Martin was one of a handful of freelance writers able to survive solely on this writing. Over a career that spanned nearly fifty years, his peers lauded him as "the best living reporter," the "ablest crime reporter in America," and "one of America’s premier seekers of fact." His deep and abiding concern for the working class, perhaps a result of his upbringing, set him apart from other reporters. Martin was a key speechwriter and adviser to the presidential campaigns of many prominent Democrats from 1950 into the 1970s, including those of Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, and George McGovern. He served as U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic during the Kennedy administration and earned a small measure of fame when FCC Chairman Newton Minow introduced his description of television as "a vast wasteland" into the nation’s vocabulary.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xv
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  1. 1. The Responsible Reporter
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 2. A Mean Street in a Mean City
  2. pp. 25-55
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  1. 3. Two Cents a Word
  2. pp. 56-85
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  1. 4. The Big Slicks
  2. pp. 86-120
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  1. 5. All the Way with Adlai
  2. pp. 121-154
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  1. 6. The New America
  2. pp. 155-192
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  1. 7. The Honorable Ambassador
  2. pp. 193-232
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  1. 8. LBJ and Adlai
  2. pp. 233-265
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  1. 9. The Return of the Native
  2. pp. 266-303
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  1. 10. As Time Goes By
  2. pp. 304-332
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 333-360
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 361-370
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 371-387
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  1. Image plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253016188
Related ISBN
9780253016140
MARC Record
OCLC
905349488
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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