This volume will go down as one of the most notable contributions to journalists since Frank Luther Mott's series on American magazines. Dr. Desmond explores areas largely ignored or slighted by other scholars, and I am amazed at how many facts he was able to get into the book and still bring journalism alive by projecting it onto the world stage and weaving it into a fabric of general world history for the period."—John C. Merrill, Director, School of Journalism, Louisiana State University
In this volume, as in The Information Process, each significant development in the history of the press is cogently related to the social, political, and economic events of the time. By adopting a world focus and illuminating critical areas of political and technological influence over world news flow, Robert Desmond has written another volume of consequence to both historians and journalists, and of interest to anyone caught up in the interplay of communications and world affairs. Windows on the World surveys newsmaking and newsgathering within the frame of the scientific advances of the early 1900s, the Great War of 1914-18, and the Russian Revolution. It brings together the diverse elements figuring in the reporting of public affairs worldwide and of history-in-the-making from 1900 to 1920, with a look at later events that have shaped the lives of two generations.