Books: Random Taps a Tough Brit

Hard-driving Harold Evans takes charge at the publishing house

For 15 years he was one of Britain's most respected newspaper editors, first of the Sunday Times of London and then of the daily Times. But in 1982 Harold Evans was forced out after a much publicized clash with the paper's new owner, Australian-born press mogul Rupert Murdoch. Last week the media wheel of fortune took an ironic turn. In a shake-up that had the New York City publishing world abuzz, Evans was named publisher of Random House, the nation's largest producer of trade books. Among his first assignments: editing the memoirs of Rupert Murdoch.

It was another odd twist for...

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