Jerelle Kraus

"Gutsy, gossipy, and gorgeous, this book tells tales out of school and perfectly channels it all. -Washington Post

"This volume's terrific pictures are worth the price by themselves, but Kraus's text reveals how the News is processed at America's foremost paper." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Tantalizing backstage stories and art that merited an entire show in the Louvre." -NBC.com

"Her extraordinary tale of surviving 3 hours alone with Nixon." -CNN.com

"Juicy, intelligent prose about the word's top editors." -The London Times

"An essential book ... the Saul Steinberg chapter — wow!" -FAIR / Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

"Give this wonderful book to all your friends." -Slate

"Politically incorrect and hilarious. To discover what really goes on inside the belly of the media beast, read this book." -Bill Maher

"Op-Ed as it weathered The Times' tinpot tyrannies." -Columbia Journalism Review

"The Times censored David Levine's image of Kissinger tattooed with his war crimes; see it for the first time on Kraus's cover and read the bizarre story of why it was killed." -Editor & Publisher

"An overflowing treasure chest of cultural critiques." -Publishers Weekly


Award-winning, 30-year Times art director Jerelle Kraus quit her dream job to write the only whistle-blowing book on The NYTimes. Frank and sassy, this provocative volume is also the sole publication to treat the groundbreaking phenomenon of Op-Ed. By launching the world’s first reader-written newspaper page in 1970 (amid much in-house controversy), The Times transformed journalism and prefigured the Internet’s blogosphere by a quarter century.

Behind-the-Scenes Anecdotes

  • "I'd go anywhere to see Kissinger hanged."-Pulitzer-winning Times reporter Syd Schanburg
  • Why Saul Steinberg hated The Times
  • Why the top Editorial Page Editor actually stopped the presses just to kill a Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury) feature.
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