In this first definitive biography of Ida Tarbell, Kathleen Brady has written a readable and widely acclaimed book about one of America s great journalists Ida Tarbell s generation called her a muckraker the term was Theodore Roosevelt s, and he didn t intend it as a compliment , but in our time she would have been known as an investigative reporter, with the celebrity of Woodward and Bernstein By any description, Ida Tarbell was one of the most powerful women of her time in the United States admired, feared, hated When her History of the Standard Oil Company was published, first in McClure s Magazine and then as a book 1904 , it shook the Rockefeller interests, caused national outrage, and led the Supreme Court to fragment the giant monopoly A journalist of extraordinary intelligence, accuracy, and courage, she was also the author of the influential and popular books on Napoleon and Abraham Lincoln, and her hundreds of articles dealt with public figures such as Louis Pateur and Emile Zola, and contemporary issues such as tariff policy and labor During her long life, she knew Teddy Roosevelt, Jane Addams, Henry James, Samuel McClure, Lincoln Stephens, Herbert Hoover, and many other prominent Americans She achieved than almost any woman of her generation, but she was an antisuffragist, believing that the traditional roles of wife and mother were important than public life She ultimately defended the business interests she had once attacked To this day, her opposition to women s rights disturbs some feminists Kathleen Brady writes of her She did not have the flinty stuff of which the cutting edge of any revolution is made Yet she was called to achievement in a day when women were called only to exist Her triumph was that she succeeded Her tragedy ws that she was never to know it....
|Title||:||Ida Tarbell: Portrait of a Muckraker|
|Publisher||:||University of Pittsburgh Press September 21, 1989|
|Number of Pages||:||296 pages|
|File Size||:||576 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Ida Tarbell: Portrait of a Muckraker Reviews
I read this for book club but put it down several times. I found some of the accounts were boring with too many names and facts. I enjoyed learning about Ida Tarbell. She was a true pioneer even if she would not admit to that. She was also complex in both being a muckraker journalist who disclosed corporate abuses and traveled alone extensively as well as a women who was very private and family oriented.
This biography is fairly academic; yet provides some excellent insights into a period of time that is, I think, somewhat ignored in historical study. I very much came to admire and understand Ida as a complicated woman dealing with what life hands to her. I also came to appreciate my historical period because of the choices I have which were not available to Ida, but oh, what she accomplished with the choices she had!
Oh where is Ida Tarbell when we need her today???
I read this biography right after reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's Bully Pulpit. I loved that book, and it reintroduced me to a number of historical figures of journalism at the turn of the century. From her bibliography, I saw that Goodwin relied heavily on this biography of Tarbell, so I eagerly went to it to learn more. It was factually informative, but it lacked the insightful personality analysis I sought. It is primarily a chronology of the events in Tarbell's life.
"Kathleen Brady brings to life the personality of Ida Tarbell, queen of the muckrakers, who was one of the first women to break the gender gap in American journalism...The biography is replete with revealing anecdotes