Taking on the World: Joseph and Stewart Alsop, Guardians of the American Century

Taking on the World: Joseph and Stewart Alsop, Guardians of the American Century[PDF / Epub] ☀ Taking on the World: Joseph and Stewart Alsop, Guardians of the American Century By Robert W. Merry – Heartforum.co.uk Blue blooded journalists Joe and Stewart Alsop dominated the Washington press corps from the end of World War II to the defeat in Vietnam Within their lifetimes, America was remade This gripping year Blue blooded journalists Joe and Stewart Alsop the World: Kindle Ø dominated the Washington press corps from the end of World War II to the defeat in Vietnam Within their lifetimes, America was remade This grippingyear history of these two giants of journalism and their relationships with America s Anglo Saxon elite provides a window into a dynamic era in American history Photos.

Robert W Merry born is an the World: Kindle Ø American journalist, publishing executive, commentator, and author He is the editor of The American ConservativeRobert W Merry was born in in Tacoma, WA He served three years in the US Army, including two years as a counterintelligence special agent in West Germany He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor s degree in journalism in and Taking on PDF or earned a master s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in Merry started his career as a reporter for The Denver Post and became a Washington based political reporter in when he joined the staff of the National Observer, a Dow Jones weekly newspaper When the Observer folded in , he became a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and spent twelve years there on the World: ePUB ☆ covering Congress, national politics, and the White House, among other beats In Merry became managing editor of Congressional Quarterly He was promoted to Executive Editor in and became President and Editor in Chief in He held that position for years and led CQ into the digital age BB Business magazine named him an innovator of the year in That year CQ was sold to The Economist of London, and Merry subsequently became editor of The National Interest and later The American ConservativeMerry is the author of five books.

Taking on the World: Joseph and Stewart Alsop, Guardians
  • Hardcover
  • 672 pages
  • Taking on the World: Joseph and Stewart Alsop, Guardians of the American Century
  • Robert W. Merry
  • English
  • 18 March 2019
  • 0670838683

10 thoughts on “Taking on the World: Joseph and Stewart Alsop, Guardians of the American Century

  1. M says:

    This is a terrific book about a world that no longer exists Stewart and Joe Alsop, patrician brothers from Connecticut, took on the world of political reporting from the 1930s in Joe s case post WWII in Stewart s case to the 1970s Well regarded by politicians, power brokers, and readers, the brothers were prominent fixtures on the mid century news scene, when people just like them were the ruling class, America was already great, and the American Century 1945 1975 was at its peak As a This is a terrific book about a world that no longer exists Stewart and Joe Alsop, patrician brothers from Connecticut, took on the world of political reporting from the 1930s in Joe s case post WWII in Stewart s case to the 1970s Well regarded by politicians, power brokers, and readers, the brothers were prominent fixtures on the mid century news scene, when people just like them were the ruling class, America was already great, and the American Century 1945 1975 was at its peak As a reader, you follow them from their childhoods in Avon, CT, to their deaths in Washington, DC, and what a journey it is Joe is the somewhat snobby, somewhat pretentious, but very sincere and kind to his friends and family older brother who harbors a well known secret view spoiler he s gay and marries a woman to cover for it hide spoiler Stewart is the cool, detached younger brother whose family life consists of 6 kids, a young wife, and lots of sports and social activities view spoiler He tragically dies from a rare form of leukemia in his 50s hide spoiler Meeting Joe, Stewart, their families, and their Washington friends and enemies is a fun journey, though one that s a bit too interspersed with squabbles between minor political and military characters, press gossip, and news items of the day Learning about Stewart s habit of view spoiler reciting Shakespeare sonnets in the shower hide spoiler or Joe s view spoiler love of Brussels sprouts with cream hide spoiler is a much needed distraction andinteresting than reading about a petty newsroom meeting they took part in Robert Merry does an excellent job of mixing the professional and the social in this book, providing commentary on why the social class and social s the Alsop brothers lived and breathed got cut short He seemed to make Joe afleshed out character compared to Stewart, though this could be a factor of Joe s larger than life personality and Stewart ssubdued one

  2. Paul Brannan says:

    The names Woodward and Bernstein are probably still the first to come to mind when considering the high point of investigative journalism in the US.But for four decades before the Watergate scandal two brothers were pre eminent in breaking the biggest stories of the time and delivering the most influential commentaries on them, the Alsops.Author Bob Merry brings the characters of Joseph and Stewart alive with a political insider s eye on their methods and a firm grasp of historical background to The names Woodward and Bernstein are probably still the first to come to mind when considering the high point of investigative journalism in the US.But for four decades before the Watergate scandal two brothers were pre eminent in breaking the biggest stories of the time and delivering the most influential commentaries on them, the Alsops.Author Bob Merry brings the characters of Joseph and Stewart alive with a political insider s eye on their methods and a firm grasp of historical background to put their reporting into perspective.The brothers were prolific writers and they were golden Four columns a week, every week, syndicated to 175 newspapers across the country, plus opinion pieces, extended investigative articles, political profiles, deep features and even books.With family ties to the Roosevelts and a privileged upbringing they started out with a stellar contacts book and they worked hard to cultivate evenby hosting high level dinner parties for makers and shakers of all persuasions.There s a wonderful anecdote from one of the parties in the 1950s in which a phone call for Dean Rusk, then the assistant secretary of state for Far Eastern affairs, disrupts the evening He takes the call, returns to the gathering looking ashen faced and declares that he has to go Within minutes Army Secretary Frank Pace and Air Force assistant secretary John McCone offer apologies and also depart abruptly There had been, said Rusk, some kind of border incident in Korea.It was, in fact, a full scale invasion of the south by the north and illustrates one of the themes that runs through the book, the Alsops proximity to the biggest breaking stories and their close ties to those in power.Joe saw eight presidents come and go during his time and he was a frequent guest at the White House where he was forthright with his opinions and free with his advice He and his brother were among the original WASPs, white Anglo Saxon Protestants, who wanted to preserve the s and values of their caste and keep its place in shaping the destiny of the nation.They endured through the most turbulent times of the 20th Century WW2 from which Stewart emerged with a Croix de Guerre with Palm from Charles de Gaulle the last gasps of the Pax Britannica, the loss of China to the communist party, wars in Korea and Vietnam, McCarthyism, the Oppenheimer affair, the Suez debacle, the Cuban missile crisis, the election and assassination of JFK, the Watts riots, and Nixon s Watergate disgrace.As the world turned, Joe s view of America s place in the world became increasingly out of step with the opinions and aspirations of a younger generation His writing became increasingly polemical and his influence less and less so His last book, I ve Seen the Best of It, underscores his belief that America s best days were those when the old elite flourished and it comes with a sense of sad incomprehension that not everyone else could see it that way

  3. Jonathan says:

    Taking on the World Joseph and Stewart Alsop, Guardians of the American Century by Robert W Merry was a really good read, but not a keeper It took me through the 40s 60s, the Alsops were syndicated in 175 newspapers shows what access reporters use to have, that Joseph Alsop, an aggressive, opinionated guy who always had to have the last word, could actually help to steer US Foreign Policy by talking and challenging office holders having full length conversations with them in their off Taking on the World Joseph and Stewart Alsop, Guardians of the American Century by Robert W Merry was a really good read, but not a keeper It took me through the 40s 60s, the Alsops were syndicated in 175 newspapers shows what access reporters use to have, that Joseph Alsop, an aggressive, opinionated guy who always had to have the last word, could actually help to steer US Foreign Policy by talking and challenging office holders having full length conversations with them in their office and parties at his brother s home with those office holder supporters thus always having a direct line to power, it is intriguing to read about The author deals well with Joseph having been gay and the constant exposure and risk Joseph had to deal with I enjoyed the book as well for the struggles his brother Stewart dealt with his wife was an alcoholic which he blamed himself for b c the family four children was never that important to him while he always played second fiddle to his brother and tried to over come it They had a power struggle even though both brothers were successful in their own right

  4. haetmonger says:

    Joe, I have the best joke to tell you, said the president It seemed that a Soviet defector, then in the hands of the CIA at a New York safe house, had revealed that French military intelligence services were riddled with Soviet spies Our people believe him, said the president with a laugh, and so I had the pleasure of sending our friend de Gaulle a handwritten letter by courier telling him that he had a problem Kennedy added that de Gaulle s office had called immediately to request an Joe, I have the best joke to tell you, said the president It seemed that a Soviet defector, then in the hands of the CIA at a New York safe house, had revealed that French military intelligence services were riddled with Soviet spies Our people believe him, said the president with a laugh, and so I had the pleasure of sending our friend de Gaulle a handwritten letter by courier telling him that he had a problem Kennedy added that de Gaulle s office had called immediately to request an opportunity to debrief the defector They re sending a top general over next week, he said Who is it asked Joe i.e., Joseph Alsop You ve probably never heard of him fellow named Jean Louis de Rougemont Oh, exclaimed Susan Mary Alsop , he and his wife Louise are two of my closest friends They all laughed at the small world they inhabited

  5. Grindy Stone says:

    If your reading interests include the Cold War, mid 20th century politics, or the Vietnam War, you will frequently come across the Alsop brothers names This book is their shot at center stage, and after reading it I realize they re better as background characters At least now I know which one is which Joe the snob, Stewart the little brother with a bunch of kids The brothers as subject of a bio might beinteresting if it were Gay Talese or David Halberstam writing about them Merry tel If your reading interests include the Cold War, mid 20th century politics, or the Vietnam War, you will frequently come across the Alsop brothers names This book is their shot at center stage, and after reading it I realize they re better as background characters At least now I know which one is which Joe the snob, Stewart the little brother with a bunch of kids The brothers as subject of a bio might beinteresting if it were Gay Talese or David Halberstam writing about them Merry tells too many pat anecdotes with an uncritical eye, and the mincing, stage dialogue from Joe will make you cringe

  6. Gary Turner says:

    I was totally surprised by this book Thank you Robert W Merry for opening my eyes to such an interesting family This book is filled with wonderful stories It is truly an insight to a part of America that not many people get to walk around enjoying such interesting and important people Again, thanks.

  7. Phil Archer says:

    A long, but well written account of the now mostly forgotten Alsop brothers,with all their triumps and misteps It s also a story of how the symbiotic relation between journalism and politics affected the course of history at the height of the American Century.

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