Sunday, June 21, 2009

Riveting account of journalism's rough-and-tumble days

As the newspaper industry takes indiscriminate bullets from an indifferent market, it is oddly refreshing to read about the good old days when disgruntled readers may have brandished pistols at offending journalists but at least they kept buying the paper.

Times have always been tough in the newspaper business, as we learn in "War of Words: A True Tale of Newsprint and Murder," an informative and entertaining new book by Simon Read about the colorful early days of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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