Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power by James McGrath Morris


In nineteenth-century industrial America, while Carnegie provided the steel, Rockefeller the oil, Morgan the money, and Vanderbilt the railroads, Pulitzer ushered in the modern mass media.

James McGrath Morris chronicles the epic story of Joseph Pulitzer, a Jewish Hungarian immigrant who amassed great wealth and extraordinary power during his remarkable rise through American politics and journalism. Based on years of research and newly discovered documents, Pulitzer is a classic, magisterial biography. It is a gripping portrait of the media baron who transformed American journalism into a medium of mass consumption and immense influence, and of the grueling legal battles he endured for freedom of the press that changed the landscape of American newspapers and politics.

About the Author

James McGrath Morris is the author of several biographies, including "Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press," which was a New York Times bestseller and Editor’s Choice and was selected for the Benjamin Hooks National Book Award that recognizes annually the best book on civil rights history. His other works include "Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power," and "The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption in the Age of Yellow Journalism" as well as Kindle Singles "Revolution by Murder" and the "Radio Operator." His next book, "The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship. Made and Lost in War" was published in March of 2017. He was the founding editor of the monthly Biographer’s Craft and has served as both the executive director and president of Biographers International Organization (BIO). Morris lives in Tesuque, New Mexico.

Product Specifications

Published by Harper Perennial, paperback, 2011. 592 pages.