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Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper (Paperback)
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Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper (Paperback)

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Paperback 444 Pages / Published: 10/04/2006
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An in-depth look at how The New York Times failed in its coverage of the fate of European Jews from 1939-45. It examines how the decisions that were made at The Times ultimately resulted in the minimizing and misunderstanding of modern history's worst genocide. Laurel Leff, a veteran journalist and professor of journalism, recounts how personal relationships at the newspaper, the assimilationist tendencies of The Times' Jewish owner, and the ethos of mid-century America, all led The Times to consistently downplay news of the Holocaust. It recalls how news of Hitler's 'final solution' was hidden from readers and - because of the newspaper's influence on other media - from America at large. Buried by The Times is required reading for anyone interested in America's response to the Holocaust and for anyone curious about how journalists determine what is newsworthy.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521607827
Number of pages: 444
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 228 x 155 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This is the best book yet about American media coverage of the Holocaust, as well as an extremely important contribution to our understanding of America's response to the mass murder of the Jews.' David S. Wyman, author of The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust
'A brilliant history, one whose insights offer editors much about today.' Columbia Journalism Review
'A dispassionate and impeccably fair account ... As a portrait of the journalistic culture of the Times in wartime, it is unlikely to be superseded.' Commentary
'... a superbly researched work that seems to me one of the most devastating books ever written about a newspaper.' National Post (Canada)
'The light which Laurel Leff sheds on US government policy adds to the value of her densely documented and judiciously written study. It is a model of research with serious implications for how the press covers atrocity and genocide in our own times.' Jewish Chronicle
'... Laurel Leff's study of the reporting of the Holocaust in the pages of the New York Times does more than simply fill a gap by offering an in-dpeth study of America's most significant daily ... her book stands as a model for future studies in this sub-field of Holocaust Studies ... [and] makes the book of interest not only to those wanting to know what the New York Times reported on the Holocaust. Leff's study offers a broader insight into Americn Jews in the wartime years, and in particular the relationship between one American Jew and his Jewishness.' Journal of Jewish Studies
'A highly readable and scrupulously researched book about an important journalistic failure.' AJS Review
"...[an] important book..." -New York Post
"...excellent..." -Commentary Magazine
"Laurel Leff has written an exceptional study of one of the darkest failures of the New York Times--its non-coverage of the holocaust during World War II. How could the best newspaper in the United States, perhaps in the world, under-estimate and under-report the mass killing of more than 6,000,000 Jews? Read this book, which provides answers and in the process stands tall in scholarship, style and importance." -Marvin Kalb, Senior Fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
"Laurel Leff[...]has done a fine job...[a] wonderful book..." -New York Daily News
"...impressive..." -The New York Times
"This is the best book yet about American media coverage of the Holocaust, as well as an extremely important contribution to our understanding of America's response to the mass murder of the Jews." -David S. Wyman, author of The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust
"This important book answers--in a compelling fashion--some of the questions which have long been asked about the New York Times' coverage of the Holocaust. Probing far behind the headlines, Leff tells the fascinating story of how the Sulzberger family was rescuing its relatives from Germany at the same time that it was burying the story of the Holocaust in the inner recesses of the paper." -Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust
"Laurel Leff has written an engrossing and important book about the abject failure of the world's most influential newspaper, The New York Times, to report on the Holocaust its owner and key figures knew was occurring. Her book tells us much about America at the time, the level of anti-Semitism, and the assimilationist desire of the Jewish owner of the Times to avoid stressing the unique Jewish nature of the genocide. It is part and parcel with the same mindset of the Roosevelt Administration. One can only wonder in great sorrow at how many lives might have been saved if the nation's and world's conscience had been touched by full and complete coverage by the Times of what remains the greatest crime of world history." -Stuart E. Eizenstat, former senior official in the Clinton Administration and the Special Representative of President Clinton on Holocaust-Era Issues. Author of Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor and the Unfinished Business of World War II
"...skilfully[...]written, researched, and analyzed..." -New Haven Advocate
"A complicated important look back." -The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This is a well-researched and well-written book." -Haim Genizi, The Journal of American History
"Buried by the Times is admirably relentless." -Ron Hollander, Montclair State University, American Jewish History
..."thoroughly researched and so carefully written." -Owen V. Johnson, Jhistory

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