By Harry Haskell

On the flip of the 20th century, the Kansas urban superstar was once a trust-busting newspaper acclaimed for its revolutionary spirit; fifty years later it used to be a busted belief, certain within the most vital antitrust motion ever introduced opposed to an American day-by-day. Haskell takes readers into the big name s urban room and government places of work and tells the tale of the 3 males with contrasting personalities and agendas who formed the paper: William Rockhill Nelson, one of the final of the good own editors from journalism s golden age; the scholarly Henry J. Haskell, who led the big name to its height of impact within the Thirties and 40s; and Roy A. Roberts, who went directly to mix the jobs of newspaper writer and political kingmaker. Haskell recounts such milestones because the megastar s position within the urban appealing stream that helped remodel the US s city facilities, the kingdom s access into international wars, a daring yet ill-starred scan in worker possession, and the paper s conflict with Boss Pendergast s mythical political laptop.

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The palatial Star building at Eleventh and Grand, designed by Henry Van Brunt, with its street-level plate-glass windows. “Many a business house could learn a valuable lesson from the Star,” said rival publisher Ed Howe. ness. The employes [sic] are paid to work, and there is no sign of idle talk. This is business as it should be. 44 Those who assumed that Seested was the financial wizard behind the Star’s phenomenal success were only partly right. It’s true that Nelson knew little about accounting, and cared less.

Louis and Chicago as the hub of a sprawling commercial empire. Hard-headed businessmen drew up plans for a railway from Kansas City to the Gulf of Mexico that would link America’s breadbasket with the Pacific coast of South America. The great era of city building was at hand. That it was also the golden age of American journalism was no coincidence. Newspapers and cities across the land sprang up side by side, flourishing and floundering together amid the social upheavals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The experience instilled an enthusiasm for the building trade that marked Nelson for good. ”11 At an age when most of his contemporaries were apprenticing in a profession, Nelson was running his own construction firm. He already had a practical knowledge of building materials, engineering, architecture, contracting, and real estate; soon his father taught him the rudiments of agriculture and livestock breeding as well. Having profitably sat out the Civil War in Indiana, Nelson felt the itch to branch out and took to speculating in commodities.

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