History of The New York Times, 1851-1921


Read by Joanne Turner

(3 stars; 2 reviews)

A beautifully written and witty history of The New York Times, and of newspaper publishing in general, from the 1850s to 1921 by three-time Peabody Award winner Elmer Davis. Davis provides a detailed history of the founding of The Times; its role in the exposure and demise of the notorious Boss Tweed; its resurrection from near-failure by legendary publisher Adolph Ochs; its role in local and national politics; and how The Times became the dominant newspaper of his generation. Along the way, Davis shares insight into how technology (or lack thereof) influences newsgathering, and reveals The Times' surprising role in some of the major technological advances of the era. Overall, the book is both an uncompromising evaluation of and a love letter to the newspaper at which Davis began his storied career. - Summary by Joanne Turner (13 hr 36 min)

Chapters

Part I. Chapter I. Beginnings of the Times, 1851-1859 43:16 Read by Joanne Turner
Part I. Chapter I. Beginnings of the Times, 1851-1859, concl. 46:22 Read by Joanne Turner
Part I. Chapter 2. Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1869 26:26 Read by Joanne Turner
Part I. Chapter 2. Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1869, concl. 40:40 Read by Joanne Turner
Part I. Chapter 3. The Times and the Tweed Ring 42:34 Read by Joanne Turner
Part I. Chapter 3. The Times and the Tweed Ring, concl. 30:10 Read by Joanne Turner
Part I. Chapter 4. National Politics, 1872-1884 54:59 Read by Joanne Turner
Part I. Chapter 4. National Politics, 1872-1884, concl. 21:41 Read by Joanne Turner
Part I. Chapter 5. The Times in Transition, 1884-1896 34:07 Read by Joanne Turner
Part II. Chapter 1. Restoration of The Times, 1896-1900 39:34 Read by Joanne Turner
Part II. Chapter 1. Restoration of The Times, 1896-1900, cont'd. 1:04:59 Read by Joanne Turner
Part II. Chapter 1. Restoration of The Times, 1896-1900, concl. 35:48 Read by Joanne Turner
Part II. Chapter 2. Conservatism, Independence, Democracy: 1900-1914 1:02:36 Read by Joanne Turner
Part II. Chapter 3. Modern News-Gathering, 1900-1914 28:54 Read by Joanne Turner
Part II. Chapter 3. Modern News-Gathering, 1900-1914, concl. 47:17 Read by Joanne Turner
Part II. Chapter 4. Some Aspects of Business Policy. 41:08 Read by Joanne Turner
Part II. Chapter 5. The Times in War: 1914-1918 42:56 Read by Joanne Turner
Part II. Chapter 5. The Times in War: 1914-1918, concl. 33:59 Read by Joanne Turner
Part II. Chapter 6. The Times Today. 1:04:34 Read by Joanne Turner
Appendix. For the German People, Peace With Freedom. 14:34 Read by Joanne Turner

Reviews


(5 stars)

More than a history of a newspaper it's the history of a time and the importance of serious and responsible journalism in building History. Beautifully written and deliciously narrated. Thanks Joanne Turner. Thanks LibriVox for this jewel.