When Truth Mattered - Robert Giles
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When Truth Mattered is a gripping, authoritative account of a young newspaper editor and his staff painstakingly pursuing the truth of the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970 — a tragedy that has haunted the nation for 50 years and significantly changed the debate about the Vietnam War.
Akron Beacon Journal managing editor Robert Giles takes you inside the turmoil and drama of the newsroom on that fateful day, and on the campus at Kent State University, a Midwestern college under siege. The heart-pounding story captures the flash of National Guard rifles, the bloody aftermath of four students killed and nine wounded, and the stress of reporters hurrying to sort fact from fiction for a horrified world wanting to know “what” and “why.”
The Beacon Journal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage created a truthful narrative that has stood unchallenged and unchanged for five decades. It also provides an urgent lesson for today: What is the role of truth in media? Can you trust the news that you’re hearing and seeing? If not, how do you equip yourself? When Truth Mattered shows how journalism was done right ... and how those standards must still be applied today.
Advance praise for When Truth Mattered
"[A]n absorbing and meticulous story of how one newspaper — The Akron Beacon Journal — told the truth about a national tragedy in a time, like our own, when Americans were deeply divided." — JAMES TOBIN, author of Ernie Pyle’s War: America’s Eyewitness to World War II; professor of journalism, Miami University
"[A] painstaking pursuit of the truth — and a searing reminder of how sorely we lack it today." — GENEVA OVERHOLSER, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor, journalism consultant and advisor
"[A] newsroom thriller that truly uplifts and educates." — DOUG STANTON, #1 New York Times best-selling author
"At a time when journalists are under attack from the very highest levels of government, this book is a reminder of why journalism — especially local journalism — is one of the last great guarantors of our democracy." — GUY RAZ, host, creator of NPR’s TED Hour and I Built This
When Truth Mattered: The Kent State Shootings 50 Years Later
by Robert Giles
Mission Point Press
Release date: March 30, 2020
6 x 9 inches; b/w; archival photography
ISBN: 978-1-950659-39-5 (hardcover) Retail: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-950659-42-5 (softover) Retail: $18.95
HIS036060 History / United States / 20th Century
POL003000 Political Science / Civics & Citizenship
POL034000 Political Science / Peace