"The Pen is Mightier: The Muckraking Life of Charles Edward Russell" - Robert Miraldi

"The Pen is Mightier: The Muckraking Life of Charles Edward Russell" - Robert Miraldi

Author: 
Robert Miraldi

Miraldi writes about a very significant man in history, Charles Edward Russell, a muckraking journalist, who exposed the dark unseen side of America's class system at the turn of the 20th century. He focuses on Russell's development as a writer and politician.

Book Excerpt: 
"For the twenty-nine-year-old Charles Edward Russell, May 31, 1889 was one of those mundane working days that young newspaper reporters are forced to bear. He was assigned to cover the New York City police department's annual parade, a pompous ritual with little substance. Nevertheless, he pronounced it 'the best effort the police ever made' and signed off on an eight-inch story for the New York Herald, one of the city's great newspapers and his employer for four years. Although the uneventful day seemed over to the blue-eyed Iowa native, it had barely begun. At 10:00 P.M., as he prepared to head for his Brooklyn flat, news flashed over the telegraph wire that would change Russell's standing as a journalist, test his mettle to survive, and begin to shape his view of the profession on which he would make his over the next four decades. . ."
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Tue, 2003-02-18