Annotations for Publisher : Henry Luce and His American Century


Baker & Taylor
A profile of the media giant founder of such magazines as "Time," "Life," and "Fortune" documents his childhood as the son of missionaries, university years, and prescient beliefs that transformed the magazine industry.

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Baker & Taylor
A profile of the media giant founder of such magazines as Time, Life and Fortune documents his childhood as the son of missionaries, university years and prescient beliefs that transformed the magazine industry. By the National Book Award-winning author of Voices of Protest.

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Baker & Taylor
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.

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Random House, Inc.
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 subscribed.

Brinkley shows how Luce reinvented the magazine industry in just a decade. The appeal of Life seemingly cut across the lines of race, class, and gender. Luce himself wielded influence hitherto unknown among journalists. By the early 1940s, he had come to see his magazines as vehicles to advocate for America's involvement in the escalating international crisis, in the process popularizing the phrase "World War II." In spite of Luce's great success, happiness eluded him. His second marriage--to the glamorous playwright, politician, and diplomat Clare Boothe--was a shambles. Luce spent his later years in isolation, consumed at times with conspiracy theories and peculiar vendettas.

The Publisher tells a great American story of spectacular achievement--yet it never loses sight of the public and private costs at which that achievement came.

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