The Man Time Forgot
A Tale of Genius, Betrayal, and the Creation of Time Magazine
By Isaiah Wilner
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060505493, 352pp.)
Publication Date: October 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Here is the tale of The Man Time Forgot the story of Briton Hadden, the genius behind Time magazine, and his betrayal by Henry R. Luce. The true story of their tortured friendship has never before been told.
Friends, collaborators, and childhood rivals, Hadden and Luce are not yet twenty-five when they start the nation's first newsmagazine at the outset of the Roaring Twenties. Millionaires at thirty, together they lay the foundation for a media empire. But their partnership is explosive and their rivalry ferocious, inspired by envy as well as love. When Hadden dies at the age of thirty-one, Luce begins to bury the legacy of the giant he was never able to best.
In this groundbreaking biography, Isaiah Wilner offers the first full account of the birth of Time. He paints a fascinating portrait of a man whose mind dreams of everything, from the weekly newsmagazine to Life, Sports Illustrated, and the radio quiz show, and he presents a major reappraisal of the most significant media figure of the twentieth century.
The story travels from the tomb of Yale's storied secret society, Skull and Bones, to high-society Europe and South America, following the friendship of two brilliant and opposite souls who inspire one another to the pinnacle of earthly success. The young men emerge from the crucible of the Great War with an idea—Hadden's idea—that shapes the way Americans will think about the world. By making the news accessible, and amusing readers as it informs them, Hadden's Time sets the course for modern journalism into the twenty-first century.
Isaiah Wilner brings to life this remarkable story in The Man Time Forgot, a book as stylish, passionate, and provocative as Briton Hadden himself.
"An intriguing and depressing tale, related with great skill and compassion."
"With access to the Time archive, Wilner offers...the excitement of a new media enterprise launched...by two fascinating figures.
"[a] remarkable book..Mr. Wilner makes his case convincingly"
-The New York Sun
"this [is] David McCullough-style 'interesting history'...a strenuous intellectual enterprise."
"his scintillating biography...is a perceptive psychological study and cultural history, with a touch of ink-stained romanticism."
"The author fleshes out his subject with plenty of detailed description. This is biography at its best and most compelling."
-The Portland Tribune
"a riveting narrative.part THIS SIDE OF PARADISE, part CITIZEN KANE...skillful storytelling."
-Wall Street Journal
-The New Yorker
"Deeply-researched . . . media-watchers will revel in this."
"Biography at its best and most compelling."
-The Portland Tribune
"[Britton Hadden's] precocious rise and then gradual effacement is the fascinating story of Isaiah Wilner's The Man Time Forgot."
-New York Times Book Review
"This fascinating book uncovers a media scandal that was buried for almost 80 years...groundbreaking biography."
"a breezy, readable.study of two smart, driven men and their complicated partnership.Wilner's book provides a welcome, engaging corrective."