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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 4, Winter

"A Keg of Dynamite and You're Sitting on It": An Analysis of the Ad Council's Atomic Energy Campaign
In 1946, the scientists who worked on the federal government's Manhattan Project requested that the organization then known as the War Advertising Council prepare a public service advertising campaign to educate Americans about the need to establish...
Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism
Daly, Christopher B. Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2012. 535 pp. $49.95.Many a teacher of journalism history has heard students complain about how dull or inaccessible...
Cronkite
Brinkley, Douglas. Cronkite. New York: Harper Collins, 2012. 819 pp. $34.99.Walter Cronkite would fit right in at any newsroom in any decade, and anyone who has worked in one will recognize him as one of their own. He worked long hours, and then he played...
Hearst's Magazine, 1912-1914: Muckraking Sensationalist
Journalism historians specify 1903 to 1912 as an era of muckraking when national magazines crusaded for economic, political, and social reforms. The era began when McClure's devoted its entire January 1903 issue to exposé articles. Soon, several other...
Hemingway's Second War: Bearing Witness to the Spanish Civil War
Vernon, Alex. Hemingway's Second War: Bearing Witness to the Spanish Civil War. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011. 263 pp. $29.95.Alex Vernon's Hemingways Second War: Bearing Witness to the Spanish Civil War tells part of the story of Ernest...
"I'm Going to Introduce Them Again and Again": Morris Udall's Attempts to Protect Independent Newspapers, 1975-1982
From 1975 to 1981, Congressman Morris K. Odall of Arizona led a legislative fight to save the independent, family-owned newspaper at a time when there was still an opportunity, however small, to confront the industry trend of group ownership. Though...
Last King of the Sports Page: The Life and Career of Jim Murray
Geltner, Ted. Last King of the Sports Page: The Life and Career of Jim Murray. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2012. 288 pp. $29.95.As a sports columnist at the Los Angeles Times from 1961 until his death in 1998, Jim Murray was honored innumerable...
Pennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial Past
Kitch, Carolyn. Pennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial Past. University Park: The Penn State Press, 2012. 260 pp. $59.95Carolyn Kitch, professor of journalism in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University, spent three...
Promoting Hershey: The Chocolate Bar, the Chocolate Town, the Chocolate King
Before the Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar debuted in 1900 at five cents, chocolate bars had been a luxury known only to those Americans who could afford imported "eating chocolate" from Europe. By 1906 Hershey's chocolate bars were so popular, Milton Hershey...
Promoting the War Effort: Robert Horton and Federal Propaganda, 1938-1946
Lee, Mordecai. Promoting the War Effort: Robert Horton and Federal Propaganda, 1938-1946. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012. 304 pp. $39.95.Historians of wartime propaganda in the United States have focused much of their attention on...
Reading Newspapers: Press and Public in Eighteenth-Century Britain and America
Heyd, Uriel. Reading Newspapers: Press and Public in Eighteenth-Century Britain and America. Oxford, United Kingdom: Voltaire Foundation, Oxford University, 2012. $105.Historians have long noted that newspapers became a regular part of society in the...
Selling Detroit on Women: Woman's Day and Auto Advertising, 1964-82
From 1964 to 1982, automotive journalist Julie Candler's monthly column in Woman's Day helped readers navigate the male sphere of driving with useful tips from purchasing to maintaining a car. The popular women's magazine published the "Woman at the...
The Jewish Press and the Holocaust, 1939-1945
Gorny, Yosef. The Jewish Press and the Holocaust, 1939-1945. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 294 pp. $90.Translated from Hebrew by Naftali Greenwood, Yosef Gorny's book examines the role of the Jewish Press during World War II. Gorny conducts...
War Is Not Just for Heroes: World War II Dispatches and Letters of U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondent Claude R. "Red" Canup
Canup Keaton-Lima, Linda M., ed. War Is Not Just far Heroes: World War II Dispatches and Letters of U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondent Claude R. "Red" Canup. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2012. 264 pp. $29.95.Reporters in the Washington,...
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