Author: Alan Brinkley

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Book:Voices of Protest

Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, & the Great Depression

Alan Brinkley

The study of two demagogues, whose vast popularity explains much about Depression-era America.

Book:The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century

The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century

Alan Brinkley

Acclaimed historian Alan Brinkley gives us a sharply realized portrait of Henry Luce, arguably the most important publisher of the twentieth century.

As the founder of Time, Fortune, and Life magazines, Luce changed the way we consume news and the way we understand our world. Born the son of missionaries, Henry Luce spent his childhood in rural China, yet he glimpsed a milieu of power altogether different at Hotchkiss and later at Yale. While working at a Baltimore newspaper, he and Brit Hadden conceived the idea of Time: a “news-magazine” that would condense the week’s events in a format accessible to increasingly busy members of the middle class. They launched it in 1923, and young Luce quickly became a publishing titan. In 1936, after Time’s unexpected success—and Hadden’s early death—Luce published the first issue of Life, to which millions soon…[more]

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