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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.

Reviews

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

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

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

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    9781847923790

    February 5, 2019

    Bodley Head

    544 pages

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    9781847923783

    February 15, 2019

    Bodley Head

    544 pages

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    9781473523975

    January 31, 2019

    Vintage Digital

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