Magazine May 3, 2010, Issue

Vision of a Century

From the cover of The Publisher (Knopf)
The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century, by Alan Brinkley (Knopf, 560 pp., $35)

This excellent study of one of America’s greatest media pioneers is entirely consistent with the rigor and elegance of the large body of Prof. Alan Brinkley’s previous work. The book is massively researched, simply written, and completely judicious. It is an excellent read. (I think disclosure practices require mention of two positive reviews Brinkley has written of books of mine.)

Where Henry R. Luce was exceptional was in his genius as a founder of magazines, where he was always successful. He was only 25 when he and his Hotchkiss and Yale companion, Briton Hadden, launched Time, the world’s first newsmagazine, in

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