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A fascinating look at British journalism,
This review is from: My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism (Hardcover)
For anyone with even a passing interest in journalism, i.e. anyone who reads a newspaper of any description or watches TV news, this is a must-buy. Marr's knowledge and experience is immense, his insights sharp and his criticism scathing at times (for example, his descriptions of his battles with former Indepenent owner David Montgomery). Yet, as with his TV broadcasts, he manages to put this over in a way that is fresh and lively, rarely dull or leaden.
It's a history of British journalism, yes - but more than that. Marr combines this with a personal memoir of his times as a print and broadcast journalist and a "behind-the-scenes" look at journalism: how it works, when it doesn't work, what's really going on behind the spin that journalists are just as capable as politicians of putting out.
Criticisms? Firstly, due to Marr's background, the book concentrates mainly on print, rather than television, journalism (though the section on TV is fascinating). Secondly, the hardback version at least has been very badly edited, with all sorts of typos, layout problems (words missing, paragraphs that start out formatted as plain text and suddenly become quotes etc.).
But these don't detract from what is an excellent guide to British journalism in all its forms - an excellent read!