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Harold Evans (1928–2020)

Autor(a) de The American Century

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About the Author

From 1997 to 1999, Harold Evans was Editorial Director and Vice Chairman of U.S. News and World Report, the New York Daily News, and Fast Company. He was President and Publisher of the Random House Trade Group from 1990 to 1997. He lives in New York City. (Bowker Author Biography) Harold Evans was mostrar mais an American- British Journalist, author and publisher. He was born, Harold Matthew Evans, in Manchester, England, on June 28, 1928. He got his first job in 1944 at a weekly, The Ashton-under-Lyne Reporter, before serving in the Royal Air Force from 1946 to 1949. He studied economics and political science at the University of Durham, graduating in 1952, and then joined The Manchester Evening News as a reporter and editorial writer. He continued his studies at the University of Chicago and Stanford University on an American fellowship from 1956 to 1957. In 1961, Mr. Evans became editor of The Northern Echo, a paper in Darlington, a working-class area in northeast England. A few years later, in 1966, he was hired in 1966 by The Sunday Times, he became editor a year later and transformed the weekly into Britain's best investigative paper. In 1982, he was forced out as editor of the Times of London and reinvented himself in the United States as a publisher, author. He taught at Duke and Yale Universities, became editor of the book publisher The Atlantic Monthly Press and took up the post of editorial director of the newsmagazine U.S. News & World Report. He was the founding editor of Condé Nast Traveler, where he worked from 1986 to 1990. From 1990 to 1997, he was president and publisher of Random House. He became an American citizen in 1993. After leaving Random House in 1997, he was an executive of The Daily News in New York, U.S. News & World Report (in a second stint), The Atlantic Monthly and the business magazine Fast Company. In 2011, he was named editor at large of the Reuters news agency. He was knighted in 2004 for his services to journalism, despite having left Britain 20 years earlier and becoming an American citizen. As an author, Evans's books include The American Century (1998, with Gail Buckland and Kevin Baker); War Stories: Reporting in the Time of Conflict from the Crimea to Iraq (2003); They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine, Two Centuries of Innovators (2004, with Gail Buckland and David Lefer); My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times (2009), his memoir; and Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters (2018). Harold Matthew Evans died on September 23, 2020, at the age of 92. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Harold Evans

The American Century (1998) 401 cópias
Good Times, Bad Times (1983) 90 cópias
Don McCullin (2000) — Introdução — 77 cópias
The Best American Magazine Writing 2001 (2001) — Editor — 67 cópias
We Learned to Ski (1974) 28 cópias
Front Page History (1984) 27 cópias
Newsman's English (1972) 19 cópias
Newspaper Design (1973) 9 cópias
Handling Newspaper Text (1974) 7 cópias
News Headlines (1974) 6 cópias
Downing Street Diary (1981) 2 cópias
The American Century, Volume II (1998) 1 exemplar(es)
Solar System a beginner's guide (2007) 1 exemplar(es)
Vickers: Against the Odds, 1956-77 (1978) 1 exemplar(es)
Case for change 1 exemplar(es)
eye witness 2 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism (2011) — Prefácio — 241 cópias
Alistair Cooke's American Journey: Life on the Home Front in the Second World War (2006) — Prefácio, algumas edições105 cópias
Snowdon: Stills (1987) — Introdução, algumas edições31 cópias
The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Protest (1998) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
Manpower: Photographs by Sally Soames (1987) — Introdução — 4 cópias
Devil in the Flesh [1991 Film] (1991) — Actor — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Evans, Sir Harold Matthew
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Newton Heath, Lancashire, England
Causa da morte
congestive heart failure
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Newton Heath, Manchester, England, UK
Durham University
Brookdale High School, Newton Heath, England, UK
Brown, Tina (wife)
Manchester Evening News
The Northern Echo
The Sunday Times
The Times
Goldcrest Films
Duke University (mostrar todas 11)
U.S. News & World Report
Condé Nast Traveler
Random House
Daily News (New York)
The Atlantic Monthly
Knight Bachelor (2004)
Pequena biografia
Sir Harold Evans, is the author of The American Century (Knopf, 1998), 700 pages with 900 photographs. In 2004 he completed work on a history of 200 years of innovation entitled They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators. Little, Brown and Company, (a division of Hachette Book Group USA). This 500-page book was the basis of a four-part PBS series, produced by WGBH, makers of The American Experience. For the first installment in the series Evans was nominated with Carl Charlson for an award by the Writers’ Guild of America for “the outstanding script of 2004 in the category of documentary, other than current affairs.”

An innovative educational company, Contemporary Learning Systems, received a a grant from the Marion Kauffman Davis Foundation to prepare interactive college courses on innovation starting in 2009 based on They Made America . The pilot website is www.innovationcourse.org.

Evans was the President and Publisher of Random House Trade Group from 1990-1997. From 1997-1999 he was Editorial Director and Vice Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, the New York Daily News, The Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company, a position from which he resigned in January 2000 to devote himself full-time to major writing and television projects. (Evans remains a Contributing Editor at U.S. News & World Report). In 2002, The Freedom Forum invited Evans to be the guest curator of its Newseum exhibition “War Stories: Reporting in the Time of Conflict” and subsequently he wrote a monograph entitled War Stories: Reporting in the Time of Conflict From the Crimea to Iraq (Bunker Hill Publishing).

Before moving to the United States, Evans was the editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981, and editor of The Times from 1981 to 1982. His account of these years was published in his No. 1 UK best-seller Good Times, Bad Times. Evans ended his year at The Times shortly after being named Editor of the Year by Granada Television’s What the Papers Say. In his editing years, he wrote a five-volume manual entitled Editing and Design, which became the standard work for the training of journalists. Two volumes, Essential English and Pictures on a Page, were recently republished. In 1999, in the United States, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Center of Photography.

Evans graduated from Durham University in the U.K. in 1952 with honors in politics and economics, after service in the Royal Air Force. In 1956, he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship for two years of travel and study in the U.S. He did postgraduate work at the Universities of Chicago and Stanford for a Masters thesis on the reporting of foreign policy.

Evans was awarded a Doctorate in Civil Law by Durham University, and holds doctorates from the universities of London, Sterling and Teesside. In 2004, he was honored for services to journalism with a knighthood.

Sir Harold lives in New York City with his wife, Tina Brown, and their two children.



Best for:
Writing classrooms.

In a nutshell:
Longtime writer and editor Harold Evans offers lessons to improve writing.

Worth quoting:
“We are more likely to understand the argument if we know where we are heading.”
“Anything that goes wrong will always be wordier than anything that goes right.”

Why I chose it:
I’m always looking to improve my writing.

In the first few pages of this book the author speaks well of both Churchill (racist) and Kissinger (war criminal), so I did have a little trouble moving past that. I was expecting something closer to Stephen King’s ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft’; instead it is closer to a good text one might find in an introductory journalism or creative writing course at University. That is, it is well-written and helpful but dry (ironic, eh?) and repetitive.

Nearly every section comes down to editing; specifically to cutting words so one communicates in the simplest way. And that is solid advice! It’s just … there are only so many ways once can reiterate the same point.

Though, to his credit, Evans does find many ways to do just that. Most chapters include sample text that he then edits to be easier to read or straightforward. I could see those samples being helpful in a classroom: offer the originals to students and have them edit them down and compare to Evans’s edits. Some chapters also include lists of phrases that are redundant, or words that are misused, which makes the book worth keeping around. I’ll add it to my writing reference stack, and look at it occasionally.

Keep it / Pass to a Friend / Donate it / Toss it:
Keep it for the reference value.
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ASKelmore | outras 5 resenhas | Aug 26, 2019 |
Nerdgasm achieved. Plan to acquire as reference and to re-read. Thank you, Sir Harold.
Phillis_A | outras 5 resenhas | Jul 17, 2019 |
This was an immensely useful book. Any writer and/or editor should take careful heed of it. While some of the discussion pages seemed to be filled and slanted with political insinuations, the exercises that are given are a great resources for a writer to build the knowledge base and recognize patterns that qualify writing that needs to be amended. There are tricks, tools, and lessons to be garnished here. It is not a book to be forgotten.

4 stars: really good!
DanielSTJ | outras 5 resenhas | May 2, 2019 |
This short book is based on an exhibition of the same name held at the Newseum, Washington and curated by Harold Evans, one-time editor of the London 'Times'. It starts out fairly simply with the historical story of war journalism, looking at its historical precedents such as Julius Caesar's account of the Gallic Wars and Thucydides writing about the Peloponnesian War. But these were accounts from people who were directly involved as protagonists; the first instance of dedicated and independent war reporting was Roger Fenton's reporting from the Crimean War.

There are short pen portraits of important war correspondents from history, though many of them are written in the third person present tense, which some readers find irritating.

But from about the third chapter onwards, the book turns to discussing serious issues, such as the role of the war reporter and their obligation to report honestly and without bias (and the way those objectives have been subverted by politicians and editors). It discusses the way that public opinion can be manipulated to throw up smokescreens, suggesting that the journalist is in some way the enemy in order to conceal the politicians' own shortcomings, errors or duplicity. It puts the question: how far should a war reporter report, and should they intervene in any way? Does their very presence in a conflict zone influence the combatants, for good or ill?

The book asks serious questions that need to be repeated often. In these days of "fake news" and ludicrous accusations of conspiracy and censorship, this is a book whose message will most likely go unheard, which is a shame. The first thing a democratic society needs is accurate and unbiased information. Reporters who go into conflict zones are putting their lives on the line - and losing them - to try to bring us that thing, and those who seek to subvert that free flow of information - politicians of government or opposition, or editors and executives seeking to further their own agendas where truth becomes inconvenient - are the real enemies of the people.
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RobertDay | Apr 2, 2019 |


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