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Unformatted text preview: 892 The Journal of American History December 2008 that did not last longer than the limited year- long periods under study. There are, however, detailed case studies of sensational murder tri- als, in Chicago the Leopold Loeb “trial of the century” in 1924; in Berlin the Krantz trial in 1928; and in Paris the trial of the Papin sisters in 1933. Although the specifics about courtroom re- porting and the broader characterization of the press landscape and the examined newspapers in the three cities would be reasons enough to recommend this book, the author offers a great deal more: there are also comprehensive ac- counts of the overall ideological, political, and partisan conflicts in the three countries and cit- ies. In Chicago, for example, a full contextual- ization of the period includes the power of po- litical machines, the prevalence of corruption, and the Progressive movement’s reform efforts. Such problems transcended the local setting in Berlin and Paris as well. Similarly, readers learn about the different judiciary systems in the United States and the two European countries and about the pros and cons of appointed and elected judges. There are good accounts of the quite different relationships between the press and the judiciary in the three cities (and, one assumes, countries), the different types and degrees of limitations on courtroom report- ing, the connections between the judiciary and the state, and efforts of the judiciary to fend off media criticism. I recommend this volume highly and not only for people working or in- terested in the news media. Brigitte L. Nacos Columbia University New York, New York The Body in the Reservoir: Murder and Sensa- tionalism in the South. By Michael Ayers Trot- ti. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008. xii, 301 pp. Cloth, $59.95, isbn 978-0-8078-3178-6. Paper, $24.95, isbn 978- 0-8078-5842-4.) The Body in the Reservoir traces the rise of murder and sensationalism in the South dur- ing the Progressive Era. Michael Ayers Trotti bases his analysis on crime stories from both the black and white newspapers of Richmond, Virginia. His findings yield surprising results, and historians familiar with northern pat- terns of sensationalism will rethink their as-...
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