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Theodore H. White and journalism as illusion /
Joyce Hoffmann.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c1995.
x, 194 p. ; 25 cm.
0826210104 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c1995.
0826210104 (cloth : alk. paper)
general note
Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--New York University.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-186) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-08:
One week after John F. Kennedy's assassination, his widow called journalist Theodore White to Hyannisport to help her create and communicate a positive image of the Kennedy administration. While LIFE magazine held the presses up, White collaborated with Mrs. Kennedy to produce a modern-day version of the Camelot story that has influenced the public remembrance of the Kennedy presidency to this day. Hoffmann uses this incident to illustrate her thesis that White, along with other elite journalists, went beyond reporting news to become a shaper of news. She traces his journalism career from its beginnings in China as a correspondent for Time through his successful series of Making of the President books to examine how his personal ideology undermined professional objectivity. Hoffmann teaches journalism at Old Dominion University, and this well-written book is a revision of her dissertation. Academic libraries and public libraries with journalism collections should add this book to their holdings.-Judy Solberg, Univ. of Maryland Libs., College Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1996-01:
A patriot first and then a journalist, White put an interpretive spin on much of what he wrote, beginning with his coverage of Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist government and culminating with his collaboration with Jacqueline Kennedy in creating the myth of Camelot. Hoffman (Old Dominion Univ.) deftly condenses that 25-year period as she assesses White's brand of insider journalism; she contends that he "helped to create a world of moral absolutes" whose consequences reverberated in US policies in China, Korea, and Vietnam. Covering four critical periods in White's career, this book is more overview than in-depth critical analysis, though Hoffman makes every comment count. Her theme of journalism as illusion is convincing; the closer to power, the more likely journalists are to see the world from the angle of vision of the powerful. Certainly White saw--and at times wrote--through the eyes of John F. Kennedy. Because so little has been written about White since his death in 1986 and because Hoffman had the cooperation of the White family, this fine book, with its three-page bibliography, is a necessary addition to most libraries for their journalism and even political science collections. S. W. Whyte; Montgomery County Community College
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Kirkus Reviews, June 1995
Library Journal, August 1995
Reference & Research Book News, December 1995
Choice, January 1996
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