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“Edge succeeds in capturing with precision the past 44 years of B.C. newspaper history. . . . A comprehensive must-read for anybody interested in the history of B.C.’s print media. After reading Pacific Press and digesting its exploits, never again will the front pages of the Vancouver Sun or the Province look the same.”  UBC Thunderbird   Read review

“Marc Edge, a former Province staffer, has turned his PhD dissertation on Pacific Press into that rarest form of scholarship: a compelling read. . . . Edge brings to life the smoky newsrooms, bitter labour disputes, and eccentric characters that dominated the times.”  Quill & Quire   Read review

“It’s a bit of everything: academic dissertation (which is what it started out as), tribute to old-school journalists, number-crunching case study, and anticorporate polemic.” Georgia Straight   Read review

“Despite his two graduate degrees, Marc Edge is still at heart the Vancouver journalist who worked at The Province from 1974 until leaving 'in exasperation' in 1993 to pursue an academic career. He still loves to tell a good story, and plenty of rollicking newsroom tales have been imported into this book . . . A must-read for every student of mass communication in Canada, a fascinating read for journalists and other professional communicators and, in selected chapters, a lively revelation of newsroom personalities and practices for anyone who loves newspapers.”  Vancouver Sun   Read review

“You must read Pacific Press, a brilliantly researched history of the company, by former Province courthouse reporter Marc Edge. I love the book.” B.C. Business   Read review

“Another excellent book . . . explaining how Southam, despite owning both of Vancouver's papers, somehow couldn't make them consistently profitable.” Maclean’s   Read review

“Marc Edge and his editors at New Star have accomplished one of the most difficult feats in book publishing: transforming an academic thesis into a bona fide page-turner. If you have any interest at all in the hothouse world of the Vancouver media, you will enjoy this gossipy history of the city's newspapers.” Enclyclopedia of British Columbia Read review

“Any resemblance this work has to a thesis is purely coincidental. In many ways, it is quite light reading making no pretense that it is in any way an in-depth scholarly study. . . . What follows in short, thematic chapters is a tale of corporate intrigue, labor malpractice, and a defiance of Canada's competition rules. For any one who enjoys shenanigans in high places, the book is a must.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly Read review

“Not a neutral analysis, as is obvious from its self-proclaimed status as an ‘unauthorized’ history. . . . Edge’s criticisms leave the reader wondering what the managers, owners, and editors would say in reply. In any case, readers can still learn from the historical facts collected in this volume, while making up their own minds about the author’s judgments. A more balanced view of the legacy of Pacific Press will have to await other histories with other perspectives.” Journalism History  Read review

“Edge’s book makes a major contribution to the field. . . . Original, thorough and provocative, Pacific Press sets a high standard. . . . with its even-handed analysis of the emotion-arousing issues.” Textual Studies in Canada Read review

“Well written and engaging . . . . meticulously researched. . . . almost as interesting and quirky as the company itself. . . . Each chapter is a pastiche of people and events. . . . [and] also sketch out a pattern of large egos and small minds. . . . one of the genuine strengths of Edge's book is that it portrays Pacific Press as a place that defies easy answers or simplistic explanations.” Canadian Journal of Communication  Read review

“A definitive addition to the history of the media in Canada. . . . Edge convincingly outlines the interplay of economic, institutional, and labour forces . . . and their impact on content, circulation, and the larger media culture. . . . Fascinating. . . . His use of sources -- both interview and document material is meticulous, as is his eye for detail and story -- is an obvious remnant of his journalistic experience. . . . A must read and his argument that the numerous strikes and shutdowns coupled with the lack of competition in the market have left Vancouver readers unattached and underserved is convincing.” Labour/Le Travail  Read review

“[An] ambitious study. . . . a big, vibrant, interesting book. . . . complex and densely written. . . . Edge tells a story that needed to be told. . . . Marc Edge is a voice for those who think sanity and good business lie [in] compromise and clear talking, not programmatic and hypocritical dogma.” B.C. Bookworld Read review

“Edge raises important, universal questions about the political economy of the North American newspaper industry, and the impact of corporatization and bottom line thinking on dailies, journalists, other press workers, and readers. As Edge amply illustrates, what happened to Vancouver's once proud newspapers is a legacy of this trend,” American Journalism  Read review

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