This is yet another non-fiction tome I have picked up detailing a murder. However this book, unlike Death in the City of Light this is more focused onThis is yet another non-fiction tome I have picked up detailing a murder. However this book, unlike Death in the City of Light this is more focused on the social implications of said murder. This murder sparked a media frenzy, famously called “The Tabloid Wars.” That is what made this book really and truly interesting.
The murder itself was not particularly interesting. A woman (Augusta Nack) and her lover (Martin Thorn) kill Mrs. Nack’s previous beau (William Guldensuppe.) What is really interesting is how the newspapers (Hearst’s Journal and Pulitzer’s World) competed with each other in their coverage of the murder. The investigation and trial were sensationalized in order to draw in readers. The methods these magnates took to outdo each other were sensational. The book follows the discovery of the crime, the investigation and Thorn’s trial, all the while detailing what measures the press was taking to cover each aspect. It was really quite intriguing.
The end of the book included a sort of “where are they now” aspect. Collins described the fate of each actor in the drama and the effect of the trial on yellow journalism, which was also really quite interesting.
This is an intriguing book to read, especially if you’re a history buff or a journalism buff (I happen to be both.) Anyone involved in the newspaper industry would quite enjoy this scintillating tale.
This book is a quick read, I finished it in a day, but boy is it an amazing read. The love between Ronald and Nancy Reagan is absolutely beautiful andThis book is a quick read, I finished it in a day, but boy is it an amazing read. The love between Ronald and Nancy Reagan is absolutely beautiful and even from reading their letters it’s totally palpable. I don’t want to ruin the book for those of you who are interested in reading it, but here are a few of my favorite quotes. (Most of these made me cry if we’re being completely honest.)
“I don’t even mind that life made me wait so long to find you. The waiting only made the finding sweeter.”
“Without you there would be no sun, no moon, no stars. With you, they are all out at the same time.”
“I just see you in all the beauty there is because in you I’ve found all the beauty in my life.”
Are those just not swoon worthy? I’m not much of a romantic, but I was completely taken in by the sheer sweetness in each of the letters that Reagan wrote to his wife. Of course it helps that this is a real life love story, and not one made up by a love lorn author who writes down things that she wishes someone would say to her. (This isn’t a jab at any author in particular, just a jab at romances in general.) After reading this I’ve decided I would very much like a man who would love me like “Ronnie” loved Nancy.
So if you’re interested in a softer side of one the US’s most famous presidents or you just want to smile like an idiot at a book in public, I highly recommend this short, sweet piece of non-fiction.
An era of opulence and intrigue? A badass and powerful princess? People with names like Cosimo and Troilo? Um, count me in!
I love books about cool womAn era of opulence and intrigue? A badass and powerful princess? People with names like Cosimo and Troilo? Um, count me in!
I love books about cool women, and Isabella de’ Medici was definitely a cool woman. Born to the most powerful family in Renaissance Italy, Isabella did what she wanted and didn’t give a rat’s behind about what anybody thought about her. Can I get a hell yeah?
So basically Isabella was raised among her brothers and was well educated and extremely intelligent. She married a (pretty stupid) prince and basically spent most of her time away from him because A.) She didn’t like him. and B.) She hated where he lived. That wasn’t a normal or an acceptable thing for a woman for her to do in her time, but did she care? Nope. Then she took a lover and had kids (who her kid’s fathers were, we don’t really know) and raised them to be totally cool too. And then her husband murdered her because he was resentful. That’s a really short and poorly written summary of her life. Pretty amazing right?
I’m now of the opinion that this girl needs her own movie. I mean I would totally watch that. The only complaint I have about this book is that it focused a little bit too much on her family rather than just Isabella. Her family was crazy and interesting, but she’s interesting enough by herself.
But anyway, great biography of an amazing woman. Bravo! (Brava? Bravissimo? I don’t know, I’m American.)