Ace Atkins is an American journalist and author. Atkins worked as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune before he published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, in 1998, he became a full-time novelist at the age of 30. While at the Tribune, Atkins earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a feature series based on his investigation into a forgotten murder of the 1950s; the story became the core of his critically acclaimed novel, White Shadow, commented on positively by noted authors and critics. In his next novels, Wicked City and Devil’s Garden, Atkins continued this kind of story-telling, a style, compared to that of Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos. Devil’s Garden, Wicked City, White Shadow are personal books for Atkins, all set in his former homes: San Francisco, where he lived as a child; each novel contains bits of himself – friends and colleagues he once knew, people he respected or admired, family members, personal heroes. In Devil’s Garden, Atkins explores the early life of one of those heroes: Dashiell Hammett, the originator of the hard-boiled crime novel.
As a Pinkerton Agency detective, Hammett investigated the rape and manslaughter case against early Hollywood star Roscoe Arbuckle, one of the most sensational trials of the 20th Century. Atkins' 2010 novel Infamous is based on the 1933 Charles Urschel kidnapping and subsequent misadventures of the gangster spouses George "Machine Gun" and Kathryn Kelly. In 2011 Atkins was selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to take over writing the Spenser series of novels; the Boston Globe wrote that while some people might have "viewed the move as unseemly, those people didn’t know Robert B. Parker, a man who, when asked how his books would be viewed in 50 years, replied:'Don’t know, don’t care.' He was proud of his work, but he saw writing as a means of providing a comfortable life for his family."Atkins lives on a historic farm outside Oxford, Mississippi with his family. He graduated from Auburn University in 1994 and lettered for the Auburn University football team in 1992 and 1993, he was featured on the Sports Illustrated cover commemorating the Tigers' perfect 11-0 season of 1993.
The cover shows Atkins celebrating after sacking future Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel of the Florida Gators. Atkins wore number 99 for the Tigers. Crossroad Blues Leavin' Trunk Blues Dark End of the Street Dirty South The Ranger The Lost Ones Broken Places The Forsaken The Redeemers The Innocents The Fallen The Sinners Robert B. Parker's Lullaby Robert B. Parker's Wonderland Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot Robert B. Parker's Kickback Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn Robert B. Parker's Little White Lies Robert B. Parker's Old Black Magic White Shadow 400 pages ISBN 0-425-23054-6 Wicked City 368 pages ISBN 0-425-22707-3 Devil's Garden 368 pages ISBN 0-399-15536-8 Infamous 416 pages ISBN 0-399-15630-5 List of Auburn University people Author page, UK publisher
Bertelsmann is a German multinational corporation based in Gütersloh, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is one of the world's largest mass media companies and active in the service sector and education. Bertelsmann was founded as a publishing house by Carl Bertelsmann in 1835. After World War II, under the leadership of Reinhard Mohn, went from being a medium-sized enterprise to a major conglomerate, offering not only books but television, music and business services. Bertelsmann is an unlisted and capital market-oriented company, which remains controlled by the Mohn family. Since 2016, major divisions of Bertelsmann are RTL Group, Penguin Random House, Gruner + Jahr, BMG, Bertelsmann Printing Group, Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments; the nucleus of the corporation is the C. Bertelsmann Verlag, a publishing house established in 1835 by Carl Bertelsmann in Gütersloh. Carl Bertelsmann was a representative of the "Minden-Ravensberger Erweckungsbewegung", a Protestant revival movement, whose writings he published.
The C. Bertelsmann Verlag specialized in theological literature, expanded its publications to include school and textbooks, in the 1920s and 1930s entered into the field of light fiction. During the Third Reich, the publishing house gained a prominent position with its affordable "Bertelsmann Volksausgaben". In particular, war adventure books such as Werner von Langsdorff's "Fliegerbuch" on aviation were a commercial success. Heinrich Mohn belonged to the patrons' circle of the paramilitary Schutzstaffel organization and sought to turn his company into a National Socialist model enterprise. During World War II, the C. Bertelsmann Verlag became a leading supplier to the Wehrmacht surpassing the central publishing house of the NSDAP Franz Eher. In the years between 1939 and 1941, the revenues of the C. Bertelsmann Verlag skyrocketed. Jewish slave laborers were not forced to work in Gütersloh, but in printing plants in Lithuania with which the C. Bertelsmann Verlag cooperated. In 1944, the Reichsschrifttumskammer closed the publishing house to "mobilize all powers for victory".
Another essential reason for this was criminal paper racketeering by some publisher's employees, which led to a trial in 1944. After the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler and World War II, the company portrayed itself to the Allied Control Authority as a Christian publisher, part of the resistance to Nazism and persecuted. Ties to National Socialist organizations were denied. After it became known that erroneous, or at least inadequate, statements had been made, Heinrich Mohn stepped down as the head of the publishing house. Reinhard Mohn, one of his three sons, took over the C. Bertelsmann Verlag, as Hans Heinrich Mohn had been killed in the war and Sigbert Mohn was still a prisoner of war. In 1947, the Allies granted the company a publishing license. After the currency reform in 1948, there was a market slump in the book trade that led to the next existential crisis for the C. Bertelsmann Verlag. Under these conditions, in 1950 Bertelsmann launched the Lesering to stimulate sales; the customers ordered books via subscription, in return, received discounted prices.
The business shifted from the publishing house to the sale of books, decisive to further growth. In 1959, the C. Bertelsmann Verlag was restructured: From that point on, theological literature was published in the Gütersloher Verlagshaus, a new publishing house, consolidated with the Rufer Verlag. Fiction and art came under the roof of Sigbert Mohn Verlag; the C. Bertelsmann Verlag focused on nonfiction books, in particular dictionaries, reference books and journals; the 1950s and 1960s, Bertelsmann expanded its activities into new business areas: Thus, 1956, the company entered the music market with the Bertelsmann Schallplattenring. Two years Ariola, one of the most successful German record labels was launched, at the same time, the Sonopress record pressing plant was established. With the Kommissionshaus Buch & Ton, from which the Vereinigte Verlagsauslieferung emerged, Bertelsmann laid the cornerstone for its service business. In 1964, Bertelsmann purchased the broken-up UFA from the Deutsche Bank and built on its presence in cinema and television.
In 1969, Bertelsmann acquired shares in the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr. A merger with Axel Springer planned at the time, for which a loan for millions had been taken out temporarily from Westdeutsche Landesbank, failed in 1970. Starting in 1971, Bertelsmann operated as a joint-stock company, becoming Bertelsmann AG; the diversifying book publishers were bundled in the Verlagsgruppe Bertelsmann publishing group at the end of the 1960s. In 1972, this company moved from Gütersloh to Munich. Key divisions remained in Gütersloh, for which a new office building was built in 1976 at the Group's official location. To this day, it has remained the Bertelsmann headquarters, referred to as the Bertelsmann Corporate Center; the rapid growth of Bertelsmann led to financial problems. In the 1970s, financing requirements reached their peak. From 1975 to 1980, for example, the return on sales fell below one percent. Bertelsmann encountered new regulatory rules in its home market, in particular through laws governing mergers.
Larger acquisitions became impossible. At the same time, there was an increasing saturation of the German market for the Bertelsmann Lesering, whereas the foreign book clubs earned the lion's share of revenues in this corporate division; the int
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster, Inc. a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, is an American publishing company founded in New York City in 1924 by Richard Simon and Max Schuster. As of 2016, Simon & Schuster was publishing 2,000 titles annually under 35 different imprints. In 1924, Richard Simon's aunt, a crossword puzzle enthusiast, asked whether there was a book of New York World crossword puzzles, which were popular at the time. After discovering that none had been published and Max Schuster decided to launch a company to exploit the opportunity. At the time, Simon was a piano salesman and Schuster was editor of an automotive trade magazine, they pooled US$8,000, equivalent to $117 thousand today, to start a company that published crossword puzzles. The new publishing house used "fad" publishing to publish books that exploited current fads and trends. Simon called this "planned publishing". Instead of signing authors with a planned manuscript, they came up with their own ideas, hired writers to carry them out. In the 1930s, the publisher moved to what has been referred to as "Publisher's Row" on Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York.
In 1939, Simon & Schuster financially backed Robert Fair de Graff to found Pocket Books, America's first paperback publisher. In 1942, Simon & Schuster and Western Printing launched the Little Golden Books series in cooperation with the Artists and Writers Guild. In 1944, Marshall Field III, owner of the Chicago Sun, purchased Pocket Books; the company was sold back to Schuster following his death. In the 1950s and 1960s, many publishers including Simon & Schuster turned toward educational publishing due to the baby boom market. Pocket Books focused on paperbacks for the educational market instead of textbooks and started the Washington Square Press imprint in 1959. By 1964 it had published over 200 titles and was expected to put out another 400 by the end of that year. Books published under the imprint included classic reprints such as Lorna Doone, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Robinson Crusoe. In 1966, Max Schuster sold his half of Simon & Schuster to Leon Shimkin. Shimkin merged Simon & Schuster with Pocket Books under the name of Simon & Schuster.
In 1968, editor-in-chief Robert Gottlieb, who worked at Simon & Schuster since 1955 and edited several bestsellers including Joseph Heller's Catch-22, left abruptly to work at competitor Knopf, taking other influential S&S employees, Nina Bourne, Tony Schulte. In 1979, Richard Snyder was named CEO of the company. Over the next several years he would help grow the company substantially. After the 1983 death of Charles Bluhdorn, head of Gulf+Western who acquired Simon in Schuster in 1976, the company made the decision to diversify. Bluhdorn's successor Martin Davis told The New York Times, "Society was undergoing dramatic changes, so that there was a greater need for textbooks and educational information. We saw the opportunity to diversify into those areas, which are more stable and more profitable than trade publishing."In 1984, Simon & Schuster with CEO Richard E. Snyder acquired Esquire Corporation, buying everything but the magazine for $180 million. Prentice Hall was brought into the company fold in 1985 for over $700 million and was viewed by some executives to be a catalyst for change for the company as a whole.
This acquisition was followed by Silver Burdett in 1986, mapmaker Gousha in 1987 and Charles E. Simon in 1988. Part of the acquisition included educational publisher Allyn & Bacon which, according to editor and chief Michael Korda, became the "nucleus of S&S's educational and informational business." Three California educational companies were purchased between 1988 and 1990—Quercus, Fearon Education and Janus Book Publishers. In all, Simon & Schuster spent more than $1 billion in acquisitions between 1983 and 1991. In the 1980s, Snyder made an unsuccessful bid toward video publishing, believed to have led to the company's success in the audio book business. Snyder was dismayed to realize that Simon & Schuster did not own the video rights to Jane Fonda's Workout Book, a huge bestseller at the time, that the video company producing the VHS was making more money on the video; this prompted Snyder to ask editors to obtain video rights for every new book. Agents were reluctant to give these up—which meant the S&S Video division never took off.
According to Korda, the audio rights expanded into the audio division which by the 1990s would be a major business for Simon & Schuster. In 1989, Gulf and Western Inc. owner of Simon & Schuster, changed its name to Paramount Communications Inc. In 1990, The New York Times described Simon & Schuster as the largest book publisher in the United States with sales of $1.3 billion the previous year. That same year, Schuster acquired the children's publisher Green Tiger Press. In 1994, was fired from S&S and was replaced by the company's president and chief operating officer Jonathan Newcomb; that year, Paramount was sold to Viacom. In 1998, Viacom sold Simon & Schuster's educational operations, including Prentice Hall and Macmillan, to Pearson PLC, the global publisher and owner of Penguin and the Financial Times; the professional and reference operations were sold to Hicks Muse Furst. In 2002, Simon & Schuster acquired its Canadian distributor Distican. Simon & Schuster began publishing in Canada in 2013.
At the end of 2005, Viacom split into two companies: CBS Corporation, the other retaining the Viacom name. In 2005, Simon & Schuster acquired Strebor Books International, founded in 1999 by author Kristina Laferne Roberts, who has written under the pseudonym "Zane." A year in 2006, Simon & Schuster launched the conservative imprint Threshold Editions. In 2009, Simon & Schuster
Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. was an American novelist best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science storylines set during and after the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, more than 100 million copies of his books are in print, his name was used on movie scripts written by ghostwriters, nonfiction books on military subjects, video games. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and vice-chairman of their community activities and public affairs committees. Clancy's literary career began in 1984 when he sold The Hunt for Red October for $5,000, his works The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears have been turned into commercially successful films. Actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, Chris Pine, John Krasinski have played Clancy's most famous fictional character, Jack Ryan. Another well-known character of his, John Clark, has been portrayed by actors Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber. Tom Clancy's works inspired games such as the Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell series.
Clancy died on October 1, 2013. Since his death, his Jack Ryan series has been continued by his family estate through a series of authors. Clancy was born on April 12, 1947, at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore and grew up in the Northwood neighborhood in northeast Baltimore, he was the second of three children to Thomas Clancy, who worked for the United States Postal Service, Catherine Clancy, who worked in a store's credit department. His mother worked to send him to the private Roman Catholic secondary school taught by the Jesuit religious order, Loyola High School in Towson, the suburban county seat of Baltimore County, just north of the city, from which he graduated in 1965, he attended the associated Loyola College in Baltimore, graduating in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in English literature. While at Loyola University, he was president of the chess club, he joined the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps. After graduating, he worked for an insurance company in Connecticut. In 1973, he joined the O. F. Bowen Agency, a small insurance agency based in Owings, founded by his wife's grandfather.
In 1980, he purchased the insurance agency from his wife's grandmother and wrote novels in his spare time. While working at the insurance agency, he wrote The Hunt for Red October. Clancy's literary career began in 1982 when he started writing The Hunt for Red October, which in 1984 he sold for publishing to the Naval Institute Press for $5,000; the publisher was impressed with the work. She believed Clancy had an "innate storytelling ability, his characters had this witty dialogue"; the publisher requested amounting to about 100 pages. Clancy, who had wanted to sell 5,000 copies, ended up selling over 45,000. After publication, the book received praise from President Ronald Reagan, who called the work "the best yarn", subsequently boosting sales to 300,000 hardcover and 2 million paperback copies of the book, making it a national bestseller; the book was critically praised for its technical accuracy, which led to Clancy's meeting several high-ranking officers in the U. S. military. Clancy's fiction works, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, have been turned into commercially successful films with actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck as Clancy's most famous fictional character, Jack Ryan.
All but two of Clancy's written novels feature Jack Ryan or John Clark. The Cold War epic Red Storm Rising was co-written with fellow military-oriented author Larry Bond; the book was published by Putnam and sold a million copies within its first year. Clancy became the cornerstone of a publishing list by Putnam which emphasized authors like Clancy who would produce annually, his publisher, Phyllis E. Grann, called these "repeaters."By 1988, Clancy had earned $1.3 million for The Hunt for Red October and had signed a $3 million contract for his next three books. By 1997, Penguin Putnam Inc. paid Clancy $50 million for world rights to two new books and another $25 million to Red Storm Entertainment for a four-year book/multimedia deal. Clancy followed this up with an agreement with Penguin's Berkley Books for 24 paperbacks to tie in with the ABC television miniseries Tom Clancy's Net Force aired in the fall/winter of 1998; the Op-Center universe has laid the ground for the series of books written by Jeff Rovin, in an agreement worth $22 million, bringing the total value of the package to $97 million.
In 1993, Clancy joined a group of investors that included Peter Angelos, bought the Baltimore Orioles from Eli Jacobs. In 1998, he reached an agreement to purchase the Minnesota Vikings, but had to abandon the deal because of a divorce settlement cost; the first NetForce novel, titled Net Force, was adapted as a 1999 TV movie starring Scott Bakula and Joanna Going. The first Op-Center novel was released to coincide with a 1995 NBC television miniseries of the same name starring Harry Ha
A. Scott Berg
Andrew Scott Berg is an American biographer. After graduating from Princeton University in 1971, Berg expanded his senior thesis on editor Maxwell Perkins into a full-length biography, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, which won a National Book Award, his second book Goldwyn: A Biography was published in 1989. Berg's third book Lindbergh, a anticipated biography of aviator Charles Lindbergh was published in 1998, becoming a New York Times Best Seller, winning the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. In 2003 Berg published Kate Remembered, a biography-cum-memoir about his friendship with actress Katharine Hepburn that received mixed reviews, his biography of Woodrow Wilson was published in 2013. Berg wrote the story for Making Love, a controversial film, the first major studio drama to address the subjects of gay love, closeted marriages, coming out, he has contributed articles to magazines such as Vanity Fair. Berg was born in Connecticut; the son of Barbara Berg and film producer Dick Berg, Berg was raised Jewish.
When Berg was eight, his family relocated to California. While a sophomore at Palisades Charter High School, Berg researched the author F. Scott Fitzgerald for a report and "developed a mania" for his writing. Berg read all of Fitzgerald's works and recalled: "It was the first time I saw the fusion of an artist and his life, a tragic and romantic life."He applied to Princeton University because it was Fitzgerald's alma mater, was accepted in 1967. At Princeton, Berg performed in the Princeton Triangle Club theater troupe and considered dropping out to become an actor, though he was convinced by English professor Carlos Baker, a well-regarded biographer of Ernest Hemingway, to "graduate, so at least you'll be an actor with a college degree". Berg studied under Baker, who offered him "constant encouragement and counsel" on his senior thesis, a study of editor Maxwell Perkins's career between 1919 and 1929. After graduating from Princeton in 1971, Berg decided to expand the thesis into a full-length biography, thinking it would take around nine months.
He formulated a career plan at this time, recalled: "I did tell myself early on: I think it would be interesting to spend a career writing a half-dozen biographies of twentieth-century American cultural figures—each one, as I use as my metaphor, a different wedge of the great apple pie." The Perkins biography, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, took longer than Berg anticipated and was published in 1978, winning a National Book Award in Biography. In 2016, The New Yorker credited Berg with "almost single-handedly rescu Maxwell Perkins from the anonymity he desired." In 1982, Berg was approached by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. to write a biography of his father, the independent film producer Samuel Goldwyn. Berg turned the project down, telling Goldwyn that "he was interested in American culture, not Hollywood," but changed his mind after visiting Goldwyn's archives and discovering gin rummy I. O. U.s, menus from Goldwyn's dinner parties, "all the quotidian minutiae that are a biographer's dream". He won a 1982 Guggenheim Fellowship.
The same year, Berg wrote the story for Making Love, a controversial film, the first major studio drama to address the subjects of homosexual love, closeted marriages, coming out. He narrated Directed by William Wyler, a 1986 documentary about the filmmaker William Wyler for which Berg interviewed Wyler, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Laurence Olivier, Barbra Streisand, among others. In 1989, Berg published Goldwyn: his second biography. After completing Goldwyn in 1989, Berg began the search for his next subject, who he wanted to be "another great American cultural figure but — because I had written about Perkins and Goldwyn — not somebody from the worlds of publishing or film". After considering Tennessee Williams, Berg decided to research the aviator Charles Lindbergh, attracted by what he described as "the dramatic possibilities of the story of the great hero who became a great victim and a great villain". Berg convinced Lindbergh's widow, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, to grant him unprecedented access to the man's archives, which he was surprised to find totaled "1,300 boxes, or several million papers".
The biography, was anticipated. Published in 1998, Lindbergh sold about 250,000 copies in hardcover, won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. Berg was noted for his exhaustive research, as well as his sympathetic, but by no means uncritical, approach to Lindbergh, whose alleged anti-Semitism he addressed in a straightforward, unblinking manner. From 1998 to 2000, Berg wrote Kate Remembered, a biography-cum-memoir detailing his 20-year friendship with the Hollywood actress Katharine Hepburn; the book was published on July 2003, only 12 days after Hepburn's death. It spent 11 weeks on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller list, but received uneasy critical response. In The New York Times, Robert Gottlieb called it an "odd and unsettling book a sense of exploitation", gossip columnist Liz Smith, a friend of Hepburn's, called Berg "vain and narcissistic", declared the book "elf-promoting fakery.... Hepburn would have despised it and his betrayal of her friendship." Berg responded in a written statement, saying that he was "truly shocked at Liz Smith's professional behaviour — or, more her lack thereof" in "her personal assault on my repu
John Bishop Putnam
John Bishop Putnam was treasurer and a director of the book publishing firm founded by his father, G. P. Putnam & Sons. Father of Amelia Earhart’s husband, George P. Putnam, he was born in Staten Island, New York on July 17, 1849 to George Palmer and Mrs. Victorine Haven Putnam, a year after his father founded the firm, he was educated at Clark and Fanning's Collegiate Institute and the Pennsylvania Agricultural College. Before entering the family business in 1868, he traveled extensively in Japan. In 1874, he established a book printing and manufacturing office, operating out of newly leased premises at 182 Fifth Avenue. A part of G. P. Putnam & Sons, it became a separate division called the Knickerbocker Press. In 1889 it relocated to a new building in New York, the Knickerbocker Press Building. Putnam married Francis Faulkner on April 18, 1882, they had Robert Faulkner Putnam, Victor Haven Putnam and George P. Putnam, their son George Palmer, a publisher and explorer, was married to Amelia Earhart.
John Bishop Putnam was an avid photographer and the author of several books, including "A Norwegian Ramble Among the Fjords and Glaciers" and "Authors and Publishers", the latter, co-authored with his brother, fellow publisher, George Haven Putnam. A resident of Rye, New York, he died of heart failure on October 7, 1915. Mr. Putnam was a member of The New York Typothetae, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York, of the Union League and American Yacht Clubs. A Norwegian Ramble Among the Fjords and Glaciers Citations Putnam, G. H and J. B. Putnam. Authors and Publishers. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1882. We Grew Up Together, Annette Atkins University of Illinois Press Familiar Letters from Japan Putnam's Magazine