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Book Title: Paper Losses: A Modern Epic of Greed and Betrayal at America's Two Largest Newspaper Companies|
Date of issue: August 25th 1993
ISBN 13: 9780802114020
The author of the book: Bryan Gruley
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 26.80 MB
Read full description of the books Paper Losses: A Modern Epic of Greed and Betrayal at America's Two Largest Newspaper Companies:Paper Losses is the story of the twenty-five-year struggle between the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, two proud, family-owned newspapers that became pawns in the hands of the largest newspaper chains of our time, Gannett and Knight-Ridder. It is a story of personal ambition and corporate greed, of Wall Street and the courts - but, above all, it is a compelling cautionary tale about American journalism over the last three decades. Between them, the News and the Free Press claimed more readers per capita than any newspaper in any other major American city, but by the late 1980s both were losing millions of dollars a year. With Wall Street looking over their shoulders, Gannett and knight-Ridder sought a peculiar form of government relief that would allow the papers to continue in artificial competition - while promising their parent companies tens of millions of dollars in profits. But the simple solution soon becomes a complicated test of wits and wills between two long-time rivals: Alvah Chapman, Jr., the steely, Bible-reading chairman of Knight-Ridder, and Al Neuharth, the flamboyant leader of Gannett and the founder of USA Today. A battle that begins in Detroit rages across the land, from union halls and corporate boardrooms to the offices of legal legend Clark Clifford and Attorney General Edwin Meese. In the end, what Neuharth and Chapman believed could be settled in a polite chat winds up on the docket of the United States Supreme Court. Bryan Gruley weaves this many-layered and complex story into a fast-paced narrative filled with unforgettable characters and bitter conflicts. As riveting as Barbarians at the Gate, as incisive in its insights into the media business as The Powers That Be, this consummately reported and passionately told tale is one that has repercussions for all of us.
Read information about the authorBryan Gruley is the critically acclaimed author of Starvation Lake: A Mystery, The Hanging Tree, and the fortchoming sequel, The Skeleton Box.
The Hanging Tree is nominated for Anthony and Barry Awards to be awarded in September at the Bouchercon mystery/thriller convention. Writer/director John Gray has optioned the book for a feature film.
Starvation Lake, now in its eleventh printing, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America, and won the Anthony, Barry, and Strand Awards. Reviewers have favorably compared Bryan to novelist Dennis Lehane.
Secretly, though, Bryan would love to be compared favorably to Detroit Red Wings stars Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk. He’s been playing hockey since he was a boy growing up in Detroit, and still plays regularly at Johnny’s Ice House in Chicago.
Hockey plays a big role in the life of the fictional town of Starvation Lake, as do two of Bryan’s other passions, northern Michigan and newspapers.
He loves to visit his Dad’s cottage on Big Twin Lake in Michigan’s northern lower peninsula—a few miles from the real Starvation Lake. When he’s not skating or spending time with his wife Pam and their three kids, he’s a reporter at large for Bloomberg Businessweek, after spending nearly 16 years as a reporter, editor and Chicago Bureau Chief at The Wall Street Journal.
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1979, Bryan worked for newspapers in Brighton, Howell, Kalamazoo and Detroit, Michigan, before joining the Journal’s Washington Bureau in 1995.
He was won numerous awards for his writing and reporting. He wrote one of the front-page stories about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that won the Journal a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. “War Stories,” his November 25, 2003, tale about a black World War II lieutenant who saved a young Holocaust victim, was an alternate finalist in the Pulitzer feature writing category.
He lives in Chicago with his wife, Pam. They have three grown children, Joel, Kaitlin and Danielle.
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