This volume presents in compact form main persons and press organs in the history of the American media system, described by Pulitzer Prize Winners. There are personality profiles of press tycoons like Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and Henry Luce as key figures. There are other press founders like Alexander Hamilton, creator of the `New York Evening Post', or Henry Raymond who established the `New York Times'. There also are sketches about originally bankrupt newspapers sold at auctions and became successful under new publishers, like the `New York World' or the `Washington Post'. Other chapters cover high-circulation publications as exemplified by the `Ladies' Home Journal' or `Time' magazine. In addition, several early stages of news distribution in the United States are told as well as basic press philosophies by starjournalists like Walter Lippmann.
Heinz-Dietrich Fischer, EdD, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany.