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Good. 245 pages, a few b/w plates of political cartoonjs, 8vo, black cloth. Very good-condition, cover light spotting, wear spine ends, corner tips; no dust jacket. Life as a journalist and behind the scenes politics from the Cuban war to the New Deal.
I first read 'The Ghost Talks' for a history seminar on the Hoover administration. This is a GOOD BOOK on politics, political journalism, and the practice of public relations.
Charles Michelson is the man who was hired by the Democratic National Committee to destroy the Hoover administration. An insider's take on that story, all by itself, is enough reason to read this book. But there's much more: this is also a good book because it's the personal memoir of Charles Michelson, who grew up in boomtown Virginia City, NV, and Tombstone, AZ, and cut his teeth as a journalist under the tutelage of William R. Hearst. Charlie is one of the men Hearst sent to Cuba to help foment the Spanish American War. There is much more here besides, including a great take on the multitudinous (de)merits of President Herbert C. Hoover and a lot of truly wild stories from the formative years of the Hearst Empire. This is journalism from the days when White House correspondents wore dirty clothes, stank of liquor, spit tobacco on the press office floor, and were not afraid to engage statesmen in arguments.
Charlie was a great writer; his pressman's mean eye glints and glowers throughout. His irreverence is breathtaking, his wit sparkles, and all of that together leaves you begging for more. Highly recommended reading for armchair historians, journalists, journalism students, and anybody else who likes to have a good time with a good book.
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