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  • Published: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781847923790
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $38.00

Merchants of Truth

Inside the News Revolution




From the first woman editor of The New York Times, the definitive in-the-room account of the battle between prestige journalism and upstart digital mavericks for control of the truth

Whoever controls the news, controls the truth - and the battle is on. In The Merchants of Truth, the first female editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson tells the in-the-room story of the men and women who are locked in a fight for survival - and control of what every one of us thinks and believes.

Journalism is the last bastion of democracy. By revealing the truth, it holds the powerful to account. As editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson had the most powerful job in newspaper journalism - and the scoop on the biggest story of all: the battle royale between the venerable, august icons of print media, renowned for their deep reporting and rigid principles, and the radical upstarts, such as VICE and Buzzfeed, whose head-turning free content was decimating their readership and bringing them to their knees.

In telling the story of this fight to the death and bringing us face-to-face with its ferociously committed protagonists on both sides, Abramson exposes the consequences of this media revolution for the factual bedrock of our society and the intimidating challenges we now face. She shows that good journalism is hard, and the cost of news is high. Now, we are all paying the price.

  • Pub date: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9781847923790
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $38.00

About the Author

Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson was the executive editor of The New York Times, the first woman to hold its most senior editorial position, between 2011 and 2014. During her seventeen years at the paper she was also the first woman to serve as its managing editor and as its Washington bureau chief. Before joining the Times, she spent nine years at the Wall Street Journal. She is now a senior lecturer at Harvard University and writes a bi-weekly column for the Guardian about US politics. She lives in New York City.


Praise for Merchants of Truth

“A cracking, essential read … [Abramson] knows where most of the bodies are buried and is prepared to draw the reader a detailed map”

Guardian

“A cracking, essential read … [Abramson] knows where most of the bodies are buried and is prepared to draw the reader a detailed map”

Guardian

“A cracking, essential read … [Abramson] knows where most of the bodies are buried and is prepared to draw the reader a detailed map”

Guardian

“A cracking, essential read … [Abramson] knows where most of the bodies are buried and is prepared to draw the reader a detailed map”

Guardian

“A cracking, essential read … [Abramson] knows where most of the bodies are buried and is prepared to draw the reader a detailed map”

Guardian

“A cracking, essential read … [Abramson] knows where most of the bodies are buried and is prepared to draw the reader a detailed map”

Guardian

“A masterwork … a vastly useful immersion in the ways of contemporary journalism”

Financial Times

“A masterwork … a vastly useful immersion in the ways of contemporary journalism”

Financial Times

“A masterwork … a vastly useful immersion in the ways of contemporary journalism”

Financial Times

“A masterwork … a vastly useful immersion in the ways of contemporary journalism”

Financial Times

“A masterwork … a vastly useful immersion in the ways of contemporary journalism”

Financial Times

“A masterwork … a vastly useful immersion in the ways of contemporary journalism”

Financial Times

“Chock-full of arresting titbits … describes the perfect storm that has engulfed newspapers over the past dozen years”

Telegraph

“Chock-full of arresting titbits … describes the perfect storm that has engulfed newspapers over the past dozen years”

Telegraph

“Chock-full of arresting titbits … describes the perfect storm that has engulfed newspapers over the past dozen years”

Telegraph

“Chock-full of arresting titbits … describes the perfect storm that has engulfed newspapers over the past dozen years”

Telegraph

“Chock-full of arresting titbits … describes the perfect storm that has engulfed newspapers over the past dozen years”

Telegraph

“Chock-full of arresting titbits … describes the perfect storm that has engulfed newspapers over the past dozen years”

Telegraph

“Amazing. Filled with colourful inside stories, this book is essential for anyone who wants to understand today’s media and how it is affecting our society”

WALTER ISAACSON

“Amazing. Filled with colourful inside stories, this book is essential for anyone who wants to understand today’s media and how it is affecting our society”

WALTER ISAACSON

“Amazing. Filled with colourful inside stories, this book is essential for anyone who wants to understand today’s media and how it is affecting our society”

WALTER ISAACSON

“Amazing. Filled with colourful inside stories, this book is essential for anyone who wants to understand today’s media and how it is affecting our society”

WALTER ISAACSON

“Amazing. Filled with colourful inside stories, this book is essential for anyone who wants to understand today’s media and how it is affecting our society”

WALTER ISAACSON

“Amazing. Filled with colourful inside stories, this book is essential for anyone who wants to understand today’s media and how it is affecting our society”

WALTER ISAACSON

“Deeply researched, wonderfully written and filled with fascinating portraits. Jill Abramson tells the truth about the news business as only she can tell it. An important book at a crucial time”

GAY TALESE

“Deeply researched, wonderfully written and filled with fascinating portraits. Jill Abramson tells the truth about the news business as only she can tell it. An important book at a crucial time”

GAY TALESE

“Deeply researched, wonderfully written and filled with fascinating portraits. Jill Abramson tells the truth about the news business as only she can tell it. An important book at a crucial time”

GAY TALESE

“Deeply researched, wonderfully written and filled with fascinating portraits. Jill Abramson tells the truth about the news business as only she can tell it. An important book at a crucial time”

GAY TALESE

“Deeply researched, wonderfully written and filled with fascinating portraits. Jill Abramson tells the truth about the news business as only she can tell it. An important book at a crucial time”

GAY TALESE

“Deeply researched, wonderfully written and filled with fascinating portraits. Jill Abramson tells the truth about the news business as only she can tell it. An important book at a crucial time”

GAY TALESE

“A fascinating read”

Liz Thomson, The Arts Desk

“A fascinating read”

Liz Thomson, The Arts Desk

“A fascinating read”

Liz Thomson, The Arts Desk

“A fascinating read”

Liz Thomson, The Arts Desk

“A fascinating read”

Liz Thomson, The Arts Desk

“A fascinating read”

Liz Thomson, The Arts Desk


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