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The Murder of the Century

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The Murder of the Century

The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars
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  • Wall Street Journal

    "[Collins'] exploration of the newspaper world, at the very moment when tabloid values were being born, is revealing but also enormously entertaining....Collins has a clear eye, a good sense of telling detail, and a fine narrative ability."

  • New York Times "Riveting....Collins has mined enough newspaper clippings and other archives to artfully recreate the era, the crime and the newspaper wars it touched off."
  • Oregonian "[A] richly detailed book that reads like a novel and yet maintains a strict fidelity to facts. THE MURDER OF THE CENTURY isn't a case of history with a moral. It's simply a fantastic, factual yarn, and a reminder that abhorrent violence is nothing new under the sun."
  • Willamette Week "A wonderful reminder that we have often been just as we are: fools for spectacle, short of memory, cheered by the invigorating shock of the immoral."
  • Howard Blum, author of The Floor of Heaven and American Lightning "Paul Collins' account of the headless torso murder that led to an all-out newspaper war and then a dramatic trial has all the timeless elements of a great yarn--a baffling mystery, intriguing suspects, and flawed detectives. It's compelling history that's also great page-turning entertainment."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Wonderfully rich in period detail, salacious facts about the case and infectious wonder at the chutzpah and inventiveness displayed by Pulitzer's and Hearst's minions. Both a gripping true-crime narrative and an astonishing portrait of fin de siecle yellow journalism."
  • Publishers Weekly "A dismembered corpse and rival newspapers squabbling for headlines fuel Collins's intriguing look at the birth of "yellow journalism" in late--19th-century New York. an in-depth account of the exponential growth of lurid news and the public's (continuing) insatiable appetite for it."
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