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Washington Merry-Go-Round
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Drew Pearson (1897-1969) was a newspaper and radio journalist for nearly fifty years, authoring the syndicated column "Washington Merry-Go-Round" which, at the time of his death, was carried by 650 newspapers, making it the nation's most widely syndicated column. Peter Hannaford is the president of Hannaford Enterprises, Inc. and senior counselor at APCO Worldwide, a Washington D.C.-based public affairs and strategic communications firm. He is the author of numerous books including Presidential Retreats: Where the Presidents Went and Why They Went There and Reagan's Roots: The People and Places that Shaped His Character.

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"[Washington Merry-Go-Round] shows even more convincingly the extent of Pearson's direct involvement in politics, often at the Presidential level, and the degree to which it derived not just from standard elements of ego and competitiveness but also from an emotionally committed world view."--Thomas Mallon, New Yorker-- (9/28/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"Drew Pearson was the insiders' insider: He lunched with the powerful, presided over lavish dinner parties with visiting royalty, and in between juggled phone calls with everybody from presidents to prizefight promoters. . . . Political junkies, policy wonks, and people who want to know what Washington was like in the days before it became just a rest stop between political fund-raisers will love this book. Great characters, fascinating gossip, terrific insight."--Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS's Face the Nation -- (10/15/2014 12:00:00 AM)
"Gossip is the lifeblood of Washington, and no one was better at getting it and spreading it than muckraking columnist Drew Pearson. At the same time, he was a wise adviser to ambassadors, senators, and Supreme Court justices. He was unique in his time and unthinkable today. His diaries from the 1960s read like the true inside story of power at the top."--Evan Thomas, author of Ike's Bluff and Robert Kennedy-- (10/15/2014 12:00:00 AM)
"Historians and students can use this book as a source to study issues of the day, how a journalist finds and mines sources to confirm information or secures varying story interpretations, and how a journalist burns bridges with sources by either being overly honest or too critical."--Harvey Strum, American Journalism: A Journal of Media History
"No American journalist exposed more wrongdoing, irritated more politicians, or entertained more readers than did Drew Pearson. His diaries provide us with another memorable spin on the Washington merry-go-round and offer insights into how he got the news that made his columns so potent."--Donald A. Ritchie, author of Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps-- (10/15/2014 12:00:00 AM)

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