Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking (New York Review Books Classics)

Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking (New York Review Books Classics)

Jessica Mitford


Jessica Mitford was once a member of 1 of England’s such a lot mythical households (among her sisters have been the novelist Nancy Mitford and the present Duchess of Devonshire) and one of many nice muckraking newshounds of contemporary occasions. Leaving England for the USA, she pursued a profession as an investigative reporter and unrepentant gadfly, publicizing not just the misdeeds of, so much famously, the funeral company (The American means of Death, a bestseller) and the criminal company (Kind and traditional Punishment), but additionally of writing faculties and weight loss courses. Mitford’s diligence, unfailing skepticism, and acid pen made her one of many nice chroniclers of the mischief humans wake up to within the pursuit of revenue and the identify of good. Poison Penmanship collects seventeen of Mitford’s most interesting pieces—about every little thing from crummy spas to network-TV censorship—and fills them out with the tale of ways she received the news and, no much less attention-grabbing, how the tale built after booklet. The e-book is a satisfaction to learn: few newshounds have ever been as humorous as Mitford, or as proficient at getting round in these darkish, cobwebbed corners the place sleek the USA models its glossy delivers. It’s additionally an unequaled and invaluable handbook of the superb paintings of investigative reporting.

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