Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Authors
Books
Features
Newletters and Alerts

Buy now from Random House

  • Minnesota Rag
  • Written by Fred W. Friendly
  • Format: eBook | ISBN: 9780307827999
  • Our Price: $7.99
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - Minnesota Rag

Minnesota Rag

Written by Fred W. FriendlyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Fred W. Friendly

eBook

List Price: $7.99

eBook

On Sale: March 06, 2013
Pages: 256 | ISBN: 978-0-307-82799-9
Published by : Random House Random House Group
Minnesota Rag Cover

Bookmark,
Share & Shelve:

  • Add This - Minnesota Rag
  • Email this page - Minnesota Rag
  • Print this page - Minnesota Rag
ABOUT THE BOOK ABOUT THE BOOK
PRAISE PRAISE
This book has no tags.
You can add some at Library Thing.
Synopsis

Synopsis

Minnesota Rag takes the reader on a tour of the underside of a dark period in Minnesota's past, one filled with crooked public officials, vengeful gangsters, and yellow journalists. Featuring notorious characters such as Jay M. Near, racist and antilabor publisher of Minneapolis's Saturday Press, pioneering newsman Fred W. Friendly weaves the tale of a court case that molded our understanding of freedom of the press and set a precedent for the publication of the Pentagon Papers.
Praise

Praise

"An informative and entertaining account of the variously comic, sordid, scandalous and high-minded doings that culminated in Near v. Minnesota, a landmark case in the history of freedom of the press." -- The New Yorker

In 1927 the publisher Jay M. Near -- whose muck-raking newspaper indulged his anti-Semitic, anti-black, anti-Catholic and anti-labor prejudices -- was put out of business by a Minnesota gag law. This law allowed a single judge to bar publication of any newspaper found "malicious, scandalous or defamatory," set a dangerous precedent for prior restraint and curtailed freedom of the press. Near's case was eventually taken up by Colonel McCormick, the powerful publisher of the Chicago Tribune, who paid for the appeal to the Supreme Court. In 1931 Near v. Minnesota was decided 5 to 4 in Near's favor -- a decision that bears directly on freedom of the press today.

"Ranging from the sleaze of the Minnesota underworld to the often bitchy byplay among members of the Supreme Court, [Friendly] has done a marvelous job."

-- The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A very rich slice of Americana....The author creates a dramatic atmosphere and a pace that never flags."

-- The New York Times

Your E-Mail Address
send me a copy

Recipient's E-Mail Address
(multiple addresses may be separated by commas)

A personal message: