Publishers: The Collector

"I believe in the hellfire and brim-stone," said Lord Beaverbrook as he tried to engage Fellow Publisher Roy Thomson in a religious discussion. "Well, I'll tell you my idea about that," replied Thomson, who had purchased a newspaper in Edinburgh a few years back. "When I first got to Scotland, a fellow said, 'Are you a Presbyterian?' and I said, 'I am now.' " "Oh my God," groaned Beaverbrook, giving up.

To Beaverbrook, practical, plain-spoken Thomson was a new and alarming enigma in the publishing world. With disarming candor, Thomson always admitted that...

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