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I Ring Doorbells, Birdwell, Russell
1 Birdwell, Russell I Ring Doorbells
New York Julian Messner, Inc. 1939 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Martinot 
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear; jacket shows only minor edgewear, faint soiling, a couple of tiny tears at top of spine]. Memoir by ace reporter-turned-Hollywood publicist. At the time of the book's publication, he had only recently gone to work for David O. Selznick (he handled the publicity on GONE WITH THE WIND), so this book primarily focuses on his early career as a newspaperman, during which he covered numerous sensational stories, among them the execution of Ruth Snyder and Lindbergh's departure for Paris. He went on to a long career in Hollywood, working for (among others) Howard Hughes on THE OUTLAW -- for which he devised what has been called "a sales campaign of unbridled vulgarity," centered around Jane Russell's anatomical endowments. Foreword by Gene Fowler. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press, Borjesson, Kristina, ed.
2 Borjesson, Kristina, ed. Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press
Amherst NY Prometheus Books 2002 1-57392-972-7 / 9781573929721 4th printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Grace M. Conti-Zilsberger 
[very light soiling to bottom edge, paper-clip indentation at top of one page, minimal shelfwear; jacket shows only light handling wear]. (B&W photographs) A collection of essays by print and TV journalists about "concerted corporate and/or government efforts to kill their controversial stories and their careers," this book portrays "a press corps that regularly engages in self-censorship and attacks reporters who come under fire for not doing so, [and] a Fourth Estate that has largely relinquished its watchdog role and that has been co-opted by corporate and government powers." A fascinating book that ought to be required reading for two groups in particular: (a) journalism students; and (b) anybody who's deluded enough to actually believe we have a "liberal media" in this country. Foreword by Gore Vidal. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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3 Browning, Norma Lee City Girl in the Country, and Other Stories
Chicago Henry Regnery Company 1955 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mary Gehr 
(price-clipped) [solid copy, a bit of wear to cloth at spine ends; jacket edgeworn with a few small tears, minor chipping and a bit of paper loss at spine ends, some rubbing to front panel and along spine]. The author was a "girl reporter" for the Chicago Tribune, and this volume collects her "stories of vice queens, society queens, and real queens; fraudulent 'doctors' who cure anything from cancer to tuberculosis by remote control; the simple rural people of America's great Middle West; unsung heroines of Chicago's vast charities; confirmed dope addicts and unrepentant prostitutes." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Peggy Covers the News, Bugbee, Emma
4 Bugbee, Emma Peggy Covers the News
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1938 (c.1936) 9th printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj/frontispiece/endpapers) Irving Nurick 
[good solid copy, previous owner's small bookplate at lower left corner of front pastedown, another previous owner's stamp (crossed out) on verse of frontispiece, some offsetting and light discoloration to frontispiece and facing title page; jacket moderately soiled, fading orange-lettered "News" on spine, small scrape in middle of rear panel, tiny scape (and hole) in rear flap]. Very popular entry in Dodd, Mead's "Career Books" series, aimed at high school-age readers (in this case, specifically at girls). The author, then a staff reporter on the New York Herald Tribune, had been on the "women's beat" since the early 1900s, covering women's rights rallies and other proto-feminist issues, and writing feature stories about prominent women. A founder of the Newspaper Women's Club of New York, she later gained widespread fame for her coverage of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. In short, there could hardly have been a better spokesperson for the cause of women in journalism -- and in fact, this was only the first of five "Peggy" books she was to write. The author of the book's Foreword, Helen Rogers Reid, was no slouch in this department either: a one-time treasurer and fundraiser for the Woman's Suffrage Movement, she followed her husband, Herald Tribune publisher Ogden Mills Reid, into the newspaper business in 1918. She was an influential figure at the Herald Trib, serving as vice-president and advertising director, and would eventually succeed her husband as publisher of the paper upon his death in 1947 -- thereby becoming the first woman publisher of a major American newspaper. In other words, these ladies had serious journalistic chops -- and I can't help but wonder how many of the succeeding generation of women journalists were started on their career paths by "Peggy"? 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Give Us a Little Smile, Baby, Coleman, Harry J.
5 Coleman, Harry J. Give Us a Little Smile, Baby
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. 1943 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[good solid copy, minor shelfwear, light staining to endpapers, contemporary gift inscription on front pastedown, light spotting (foxing?) on a few pages; jacket only moderately worn, spine a little faded, but has been laminated by a previous owner]. (B&W photographs, cartoon drawings) "Written in 'ball park English,' here is a photo-biography of an ace news photographer. Mr. Coleman gives us his amazing mass of memories of the whole turbulent newspaper scene through the last forty-five years -- and packs his book with sensational photographs of the biggest newspaper scoops of all time, as well as with hilarious drawings by famous cartoonists, drawn especially for this book." (Among the contributing cartoonists are George Herriman and Rube Goldberg, each represented by one full-page drawing.) The author was based in San Francisco, having arrived there the year before the 1906 earthquake and fire. [NOTE that the dust jacket on this book has been laminated. Don't blame me, though.] 
Price: 60.00 USD
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6 Edelman, Maurice The Mirror: A Political History
New York London House and Maxwell (c.1966) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[solid copy, slight dust-darkening of top edge, previous owner's name/date on ffep; jacket somewhat soiled, mild wrinkling at spine ends]. (B&W photographs) History of the British newspaper, from its beginnings in 1903, through its rise to the status of a national institution. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Interview with History, Fallaci, Oriana (translated by John Shepley)
7 Fallaci, Oriana (translated by John Shepley) Interview with History
New York Liveright (c.1976) 0-87140-590-3 / 9780871405906 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[nice clean copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows light surface wear, minor wrinkling near bottom of rear panel]. The noted journalist's "direct witness to fourteen figures of contemporary history": Henry Kissinger, Nguyen Van Thieu, General Giap, Golda Meir, Yasir Arafat, Hussein of Jordan, Indira Gandhi, Ali Bhutto, Willy Brandt, Pietro Nenni, Mohammed Riza Pahlavi (the Shah of Iran), Helder Camara, Archbishop Makarios, and Alexandros Panagoulis. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Newspapers: A Lost Cause?: Strategic Management of Newspaper Firms in the United States and The Netherlands, Hendriks, Patrick
8 Hendriks, Patrick Newspapers: A Lost Cause?: Strategic Management of Newspaper Firms in the United States and The Netherlands
Dordrecht/Boston/London Kluwer Academic Publishers (c.1999) 0-7923-5608-X / 9780792356080 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [nice-looking copy with no discernible external wear, but with some yellow hi-liting and marginal ink markings in several chapters]. (tables, charts) The book "describes the recent history of newspaper firms in the United States and The Netherlands, and attempts to assess the chances of survival of the printed newspaper." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Kick Ass: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen [*SIGNED*], Hiaasen, Carl (edited by Diana Stevenson)
9 Hiaasen, Carl (edited by Diana Stevenson) Kick Ass: Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen [*SIGNED*]
Gainesville University Press of Florida (c.1999) 0-8130-1717-3 / 9780813017174 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[good solid copy, very light soiling to page edges, no significant wear; jacket a bit rubbed]. INSCRIBED ("For _______ -- / Best wishes!") and SIGNED by Hiaasen on the title page. A selection of the popular author's Miami Herald columns from 1985-1998, "written with the same dark humor and satirical edge" as his best-selling novels. "Known for evoking the disastrously flawed paradise of modern South Florida, Hiaasen proves in these columns that facts can indeed be stranger than the fiction they inspire." Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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To Moscow -- and Beyond: A Reporter's Narrative [*SIGNED*], Salisbury, Harrison E.
10 Salisbury, Harrison E. To Moscow -- and Beyond: A Reporter's Narrative [*SIGNED*]
New York Harper & Brothers (c.1960) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Signed by Author
[nice solid copy with minimal wear, a touch of soiling to bottom of text block, tiny scrape mark on ffep; jacket shows very light soiling, sliglht wear at bottom front corner of front panel, short closed (repaired) tear at top of spine]. (B&W photographs, endpaper maps) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the second front endpaper: "March 28th 1960 / To Florence Henderson -- / With warmest regards / Harrison E. Salisbury." "Barred from Russia for five years, the author -- Russian-speaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times -- returned to a 'new' Russia in 1959. Based in Moscow, he traveled 30,000 iles, including a trip to Outer Mongolia and two trips to Siberia. His personal story not only reveals Russia and the Russians of today; it also deals with many riddles of the future, including Russia's relationship with China, and provides a close-up of Khrushchev." Signed by Author 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Newshawk: A Novel of a Newspaperman's Fight Against Crime in the Prohibition Era, Thomas, Christy
11 Thomas, Christy Newshawk: A Novel of a Newspaperman's Fight Against Crime in the Prohibition Era
New York Exposition Press (c.1962) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj 
[nice copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge, minor soiling to top edge, previous owner's signature on ffep; jacket shows only light wear at extremities]. Here's why vanity presses exist: so that people who've had interesting lives can write "novels" that are rather nakedly autobiographical. The author (per the blurb) had worked at the "finest newspapers in New York City, Los Angeles and Seattle" before finding his true calling as general manager of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce; it seems pretty clear that the "fast-growing, naughty coastal metropolis called Western City" that is the background for this book is, in fact, Seattle itself. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Smash Picture!: Adventures of a News Camera Man, Van Gelder, Robert
12 Van Gelder, Robert Smash Picture!: Adventures of a News Camera Man
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1938 NO First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Very Good dj 
(price-clipped) [shelfwear to bottom edge, one board slightly exposed at corner, fraying to cloth at base of spine; jacket shows some wear at edges and corners, a little paper loss at top of spine, old tape repair/reinforcement across top of spine, some minor tears and slight wrinkling at top of front panel (no paper loss at that point)]. (Career Books) Series The author's second contribution to Dodd, Mead's "Career Books" series tells of the apprenticeship of enterprising young photographer Joe Spade as he learns the "tricks, trials and traditions" of being a New York news camera man. Van Gelder, who dropped out of school at 16 to become a reporter, had been a New York Times staffer since 1929; he later served several years as editor of the paper's Book Review before writing a satirical novel, "Important People," becoming editor-in-chief at Crown Publishers, Inc., and dying of a heart ailment at 47, in 1952. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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Never Go Anywhere Without a Pencil [*SIGNED*], Van Horne, Harriet
13 Van Horne, Harriet Never Go Anywhere Without a Pencil [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1972, 1969) 0-399-11038-0 / 9780399110382 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[minor shelfwear, binding just slightly shaken; jacket has tiny nicks at several spine corners, minor crinkling at spine ends, otherwise bright and clean]. INSCRIBED "For Bob Lewine / a dear, kind friend" and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Commentary by a widely syndicated journalist and columnist, "a commentator who is often morally indignant when relating the day's lamentable events and a poetic stylist when reminiscing about the past, describing a succulent meal or a good book." The inscribee, Robert Lewine, was an Emmy-winning network television programmer who was the first full-time president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Signed by Author 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression, Wallis, David, ed.
14 Wallis, David, ed. Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression
New York W.W. Norton & Company (c.2007)_ 0-393-32924-0 / 9780393329247 First Edition Softcover Fine Illustrated by (cover design) Chip Kidd 
[clean and fresh, a flawless, as-new book]. Trade PB (cartoons) An assemblage of "nearly one hundred editorial cartoons you wanted to see but weren't allowed to: all were banned for being too hot to handle," providing as much evidence as you should need (if you're brain's working) that the USA largely has "a neutered press that's more lapdog than watchdog." Most of these date from the early 21st Century (i.e. the GWB years), although there are some older examples as well; cartoonists and artists represented include Garry Trudeau, Doug Marlette, Paul Conrad, Herblock, Mike Luckovich, Norman Rockwell, Edward Sorel and Anita Kunz. Interesting also that these collectively provide just a glimpse at what a *actual* "liberal media" might look like, if we really had one, which we don't, no matter how much certain people scream about it. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The East Village Other (issue of February 23, 1971), {underground newspaper}
15 {underground newspaper} The East Village Other (issue of February 23, 1971)
New York East Village Other, Inc. 1971 NO (Vol. 6, No. 13) Newspaper Very Good 
[horizontal fold across middle, small tear at right-hand side of front cover (at fold line), otherwise only light edgewear, some age-yellowing but not to the point of brittleness]. (B&W photographs, cartoons, ads) Issue of New York's counterculture newspaper, from about a year before it ceased publication. The featured items in this issue are: an open letter from the "New York '21'" (aka "The Panther 21"), which seems to have been a dissident offshoot of the Black Panther Party), to the Weather Underground; an interview with R. Peter Strauss; a full-page cartoon strip, "Friday Frosty," by "Briggs & Stratton"; and a review of Alan Arkin's film LITTLE MURDERS, by Honest Bob Singer. The newspaper's center-spread features "Seven Revolutionary Poems" by Diane di Prima. [PLEASE NOTE that this item has been stored folded for many years, and will be shipped the same way.] 
Price: 20.00 USD
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