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A book about English journalism from 1620 to 1660, Joseph Frank’s material etches the political, social, and intellectual history of the period. With historical accuracy and detail, he deftly develops the excitement inherent in his subject, which covers the timid beginnings of English journalism, the rise of a diverse press, the irregular Cromwellian censorship, and the decline at the Restoration. Perhaps most fascinating are the incipient devices of modern mass journalism—editorials, planted rumors, fillers, and even traces of an embryonic press service that helped to provide foreign news.