The Valley of Cross Purpsoses
In the late 1800s, Charles Nordhoff forged the shape of modern journalism and profoundly influenced both politicians and politics. Principled, activist, investigative, and a champion of the disenfranchised and poor, he was more interested in character and results than in personality and credit. Like the ice that shaped the Sierra Nevada Mountains, he left us an indelible mark of his actions, but few details of himself, the actor.
With superb research, penetrating insights, and eloquent prose, Carol Frost brings Nordhoff vividly to life; both the man and his extraordinary impacts on politics, journalism, government, and public discourse – impacts still reverberating to this day.
Journalists, historians, and activists alike will find context and inspiration in this previously untold story, a story that in important ways reads like it was written about the events and debates of our own time rather than those of more than 100 years ago.
Carol J. Frost, Ph.D.
Carol Jean Frost’s early passion for reading and history took her to graduate studies at Brown University where she discovered Charles Nordhoff, an influential journalist and activist of the late 1800s. In spite of myriad, debilitating health problems, she conducted extensive research and family interviews, earned her Ph.D. in American Civilization, and created this remarkable volume.