Journalism's Roving Eye -- A History of American Foreign Reporting by John Maxwell Hamilton, Louisiana State UPress '09, 655 pages, ASIN #0807134740. Index, note on sources, notes, b&w images sprinkled through text.
From the back cover:
"John Maxwell Hamilton's Journalism's Roving Eye has quickly become the definitive history of American foreign reporting. This edition includes a new preface and updated text, reflecting current developments in foreign reporting.
"Beginning with the colonial era, the book focuses on underlying factors -- such as technology and public opinion -- as well as a cavalcade of personalities who bring the narrative to life in arresting detail, making this an indispensable resource for anyone eager to understand the evolution of foreign newsgathering."
John Maxwell Hamiltion, the Hopkins P. Breazeale Foundation Professor of Journalism, was the founding dean of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and currently is the university's executive vice chancellor and provost.
Ida McKinley -- The Turn-of-the-Century First Lady through War, Assassination, and Secret Disability by Carl Sferrazza Anthony. Kent State UPress '13, 376 pages, ASIN #1606351524. Index, bibliography, notes, b&w images sprinkled through text.
Although she died more than a century ago, the subject of Carl Sferrazza Anthony's new book is the first full-length biography of the first lady and wife of William McKinley from 1897 to 1901. Unfortunately, this talented woman has been overshadowed in the years since she suffered from epilepsy, a disease that is eminently treatable today but in Ida's day was believed to be a first cousin to mental illness.
From the dust cover:
"Born in Canton, OH, Ida Saxton was the eldest of three children. Throughout her youth, Ida was remarkably independent and energetic. She was interested in art, architecture, and current events, and she was sensitive to the plight of working women. In 1871, she married lawyer and Civil War veteran William McKinley. Following the deaths of their two daughters and her mother, Ida's physical condition deteriorated.
"Throughout William's 1896 presidential campaign, delegations came to the McKinley home in Canton to hear the candidate speak from the front porch. Occasionally, Ida was healthy enough to speak with and meet political figures; sometimes she simply sat to hear his speeches; at other times she was entirely absent....Author Carl Sferrazza Anthony shows that despite her frail health, Ida was determined to fulfill as much of her role as First Lady as she could. She made keen and accurate political observations -- particularly in assessing the motives of those ambitious for appointments -- and her unrelenting lobbying on behalf of Methodist missionary efforts factored into the president's decision to retain the Philippine Islands for the United States.
Author Carl Sferrazza Anthony has written several books and articles and is considered an expert on the subject of the political and social power of presidential wives and families.