Pulitzer Biographer on KAZI Book Review
James McGrath Morris, author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power, is today’s guest on KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Listen live online at kazifm.org.
In the nineteenth century, when America became an industrial giant and Carnegie provided the steel, Rockefeller the oil, Morgan the money, and Vanderbilt the railroads, Joseph Pulitzer gave us the modern mass media. Ted Turner-like in his innovative abilities, Teddy Roosevelt-like in his history-transforming power, and Howard Hughes-like in his reclusive second half of his life as a blind man tormented by sound, Pulitzer’s tale provides all the elements of a life story that is important, timely, and compelling.
James McGrath Morris spent five years working on Pulitzer. His previous book, The Rose Man of Sing Sing: A True Tale of Life, Murder, and Redemption, was selected as a Washington Post Best Book of
the Year for 2004 and was optioned as a film.
Morris earned his bachelor’s degree from American University and his master’s from George Washington University. He spent a decade as a journalist, a decade working in the book and magazine business, and a decade as a high school teacher.