Maxwell's Hall of Shame

Maxwell's Hall of Shame

Robert Maxwell sailed into the turbulent New York City newspaper world with his eleventh-hour purchase of the ailing Daily News. But News editors beware! The British media magnate has shown some rather peculiar proclivities as a publisher. His Pergamon Press, soon to be sold to a Dutch firm, produced a World Leaders series that seemed to specialize in official or groveling accounts of dictators. All have since been discredited and relegated to history's scrap heap. Among the titles:

Nicolae Ceausescu: Builder of Modern Romania and International Statesman, 1983. In an introduction, Maxwell grilled the strongman (who was executed in the 1989...

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