Friday, November 30, 2012
War of the Words: A True Tale of Newsprint and Murder by Simon Read, reviewed by BL Kennedy
Union Square Press
New York, NY
An approaching steamer, with its new so of other places and much-needed goods, generated plenty of excitement when it landed in San Francisco in 1854. On the decks, passengers lined the railings to gaze upon the young city and its undeveloped backdrop of rolling hills. Incoming vessels dropped anchor off North Beach, and the passengers were rowed in shore as crowds of people blackened Telegraph Hill and witnessed the influx of San Francisco’s new denizens.
You know, its really hard to write a book review about a book that chronicles this history of a newspaper. And that is precisely what ‘War of Words’ is about. We have everything here: we have the history of newsprint, we have intrigue and murder, all of which culminates in the birth of the San Francisco Chronicle. This book is a history of one of the Northwest’s coast most prominent periodicals. So for all those budding journalists and all those historians, librarians, and geeks for the written word, buy this book. It is indispensable and beautifully written.