The Press: The Beaver at Work

PERPLEXING, SINISTER, headlined London's Daily Express (circ. 4,097,106) last week to describe the subject of a new biography that it was excerpting in four installments. "Sometimes a devil seems to enter into him," ran one extract, "[and he exposes] his own raw resentment against the hollow parody of power that his life has become." Many a perplexed reader wondered what the devil had got into the Express. This unflattering portrait was none other than that of the Express' own boss and Britain's foxiest old (75) press lord, William Maxwell ("Max") Aitken, the first Baron Beaverbrook.

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