Praise for The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst, by Kenneth Whyte (2008)
Washington Post Best Books of the Year
Globe and Mail Best Non-Fiction of the Year
Los Angeles Times Book Awards Nominee
National Business Book Award Nominee
Charles Taylor Prize Nominee
British Columbia Book Prize Nominee
"Now at last comes author Kenneth Whyte, bent on giving W.R. [Hearst] 'more and better.' He succeeds spectacularly" -- Alan Farnham, Forbes, January 12, 2009
"Suddenly, surprisingly, spectacularly, there appears a breathtaking new masterwork in U.S. history and in the history of U.S. journalism, a tale rooted in San Francisco, New York and Havana, a story through which stride such purely American figures as Stephen Crane, Richard Harding Davis, and Theodore Roosevelt, and the remarkable thing about it is that this biography has its origins in Montreal and was written by a man born in Winnipeg and raised in Edmonton, who edits a magazine in Toronto" -- David Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"No slouch himself when it comes to colorful profiles and engrossing narrative, Whyte makes Hearst's rise an entertaining saga of newspapering's heroic age, when the popular press became an unofficial pillar of democracy" -- Publisher's Weekly, starred review.
"In Whyte's hands, [Hearst] becomes a generous visionary, a great newspaper publisher who deserves a place of honour in history. This is a daunting project for a writer's first book, but Whyte carries it off with a deft combination of persuasive writing and impressive scholarship"
-- Robert Fulford, The National Post
"Exhaustively researched and elegantly written, The Uncrowned King brims with charming characters and stories. It deftly captures the bygone era of Gilded Age newspapering, when rival millionaire publishers launched epic crusades and talent raids, built skyscrapers and yachts as monuments to their success and staged stunts and promotions to captivate a city teeming with aristocrats and immigrants. In making this valuable contribution to the literature of Hearst and the history of journalism, Whyte reminds us how much fun newspapers used to be, how central a role they once occupied ... in the American metropolis"
-- James Rosen, Washington Post
"Whyte accomplishes his mission, achieving the same conclusion that Hearst himself also reached: those were the days" -- Jack Rosenthal, New York Times Book Review