FIRST WITH THE TRUTH by Egon Larsen

FIRST WITH THE TRUTH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This British import, having to do with famous exposes broadcast through the press in the last several decades, is a quick-read exercise in re-roasting some old chestnuts. The Dreyfus case; Mencken and the Monkey Trial; the defusing of the ""Protocols of Zion""; the martyrdom of Carl von Ossietzky, German editor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1935 all have received copious attention in the past. However, new to American readers may be some Fleet Street scoops- -maligned Mr. Stead, who in Queen Victoria's glorious days, brought the ugly details of child prostitution to the Empire's attention, and was sent to jail for his pains; Mr. Duncan Webb who routed the Messina gang from London (temporarily?); even the cracking of a price-fixing ring in antiques by the sleuths of the Sunday Times. This is essentially biased in favor of yesterday's Front Page school of reporting -- not applicable to today's highly structured press. Sunday supplement bangos.

Pub Date: July 15th, 1968
Publisher: Roy