Newsmaker: Roy W. Howard the Mastermind Behind the Scripps‑Howard News Empire from the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age

Newsmaker: Roy W. Howard, The Mastermind behind the Scripps-Howard News Empire from the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age

In the first half of the 20th century, the golden age of newspapers, the colorful, charismatic Roy W. Howard was chairman of Scripps-Howard, one of the two most important newspaper empires in the United States. The only American newspaperman who was simultaneously a publisher, editor and journalist, Howard was one of the most famous men of his era: selfmade, ambitious, powerful, controversial, and the advisor to every president from Woodrow Wilson to Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Newsmaker is based on Beard’s exclusive access to fifty years of Howard’s privately-held diaries, and thousands of pages of his “Strictly Confidential” memoranda, a behind-the-scenes background to the history of the first half of the 20th Century, which divulges the secrets of some of the most important figures in a turbulent era.