Scotty by John F. Stacks
James B. Reston and the Rise and Fall of American Journalism

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James "Scotty" Reston was a reporter of amazing skill, a writer of easy and graceful prose, a shaper of public opinion, and a man who almost single-handedly revolutionized American journalism. The son of Scottish immigrants, his hustle and smarts eventually made him the single most important and influential columnist in America. Along the way he helped make "The New York Times" the greatest paper in the world. He was the first person presidents turned to when they wanted to confide, and the person they called late at night when something went wrong.

Reston is, along with the "Washington Post's" Ben Bradlee, a towering figure of American newspapers in the 20th century. Only John Stacks could have captured Reston so well-both in his glory and in his downfall. But SCOTTY is more than just the amazing story of an amazing man. Because Reston was so powerful and such a dominant force in Washington, the book is also a history of American politics since World War II-indeed, a secret history, a tale of what went on behind closed doors, of the stories that shaped our world and the stories that never made the papers.


About John F. Stacks

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John F. Stacks is a former deputy managing editor and chief of correspondents for Time magazine. For more than three decades he reported on Congress, the White House, and presidential politics, covering the national campaigns from 1968 through 1980. He is the author of three other books and lives in New York.
Published December 5, 2002 by Little, Brown and Company. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A sturdy biography of the late New York Times legend who became “the best journalist of his time, and perhaps the best of any time” before wounding his reputation by blurring the line between access and objectivity.

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It's a tribute to Reston's skill and candor that Stacks's additional work turns up only mild discrepancies, such as Deadline's claim that Chen Yi, not Joseph Ku, provided Reston with the Dumbarton Oaks papers that led to his first Pulitzer.

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