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Description - The Lady Upstairs by Marilyn Nissenson

"The Lady Upstairs "is the dramatic story of Dorothy Schiff liberal activist, society stalwart, and the most dynamic female newspaper publisher of her day. From 1939 until 1976 she owned and guided the "New York Post"," " the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the United States. Dolly, as she was called, made the "Post "one of the most dedicated supporters of New Deal liberalism in the country, while simultaneously maintaining its distinct personality as a chatty, parochial, New York tabloid.Unfazed by political or personal controversy, Schiff backed editorial writers like James Wechsler and Max Lerner and reporters like Murray Kempton and Pete Hamill. Under her guidance the "Post "broke the story of Richard Nixon's slush fund. It helped bring down such icons of the day as Joseph McCarthy, Walter Winchell, and Robert Moses. It supported the civil rights movement and opposed the Vietnam War. Although Dolly seldom appeared in the newsroom, she approved and commented on every major story and every minor column in the paper, until eventually selling it to Rupert Murdoch.Dolly's private life could have been a staple of the "Post"'s society gossip columns. Endlessly flirtatious, she married four times and had extramarital romances with, among others, Franklin Roosevelt and Max Beaverbrook. She was a friend of national politicians such as Adlai Stevenson, the Kennedys, Lyndon Johnson, and Nelson Rockefeller. Born into a staunchly Republican German-Jewish banking family, she used her inheritance to further causes of the political left. She used her charm and her social connections in the service of her paper, which was the center of her life."The Lady Upstairs "is the portrait of a unique life and a crucial era in American history."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312313111
ISBN-10: 031231311X
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 159mm x 34mm)
Pages: 500
Imprint: Griffin
Publisher: Griffin
Publish Date: 25-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Marilyn Nissenson

Marilyn Nissenson, a veteran journalist, moved to New York after college. She remembers reading "The" "New York Times "for news coverage and Dolly Schiff's "Post "for everything else.

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