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When is undercover reporting justified? Did the ends justify the means in a Star reporter going undercover in a Toronto factory to learn about health and safety conditions for temp workers? continue reading

The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

The story of how and why a group of prominent and influential men in New York City and beyond came together to help women gain the right to vote. from Excelsior Editions (Reviews and Notices; Brooke’s posts)        … continue reading

Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception

In this provocative book, Brooke Kroeger argues for a reconsideration of the place of oft-maligned journalistic practices. While it may seem paradoxical, much of the valuable journalism of the past century and a half has emerged from undercover investigations or … continue reading

Passing: When People Can’t Be Who They Are

Despite the many social changes of the last half-century, many Americans still “pass”: black for white, gay for straight, and now in many new ways as well. We tend to think of passing in negative terms–as deceitful, cowardly, a betrayal of one’s self. But this compassionate book reveals that many passers today are people of good heart and purpose whose decision to pass is an attempt to bypass injustice, and to be more truly themselves. continue reading

Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst

In the first half of the twentieth century, Fannie Hurst was known as much for the startling particulars of her extraordinary life as for writing stories that penetrated the human heart. Hers is the story of a Jewish girl from the Middle West turned dynamic celebrity author, the kid down the street who spoke her dreams out loud and then managed to fulfill every one of them. continue reading

Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist

Nellie Bly was “the best reporter in America” wrote THE NEW YORK EVENING JOURNAL on the occasion of her death in 1922. NELLIE BLY: DAREDEVIL, REPORTER, FEMINIST is the first fully documented biography of Bly and integrates a wealth of previously unknown information with a reporter’s zeal for the hard fact. It is the first attempt to give us this legendary figure in all her complexity: the most famous woman journalist of her day, an extraordinary American industrialist, and a compelling humanitarian. Hers is not only an inspiring personal tale, but the story of an exemplar of an age when American women were vigorously asserting their right – indeed, their need – to shape history itself. continue reading

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The Suffragents in the news: Kirkus FeaturesKirkus Reviews, Foreword ReviewsTown & Country, The American ScholarTabletmag.com,  Unorthodox podcast, Top of Mind with Julie Rose (live), NYU FeaturesWomen’s Media Center,  Futurity, Non-Fiction FansHeforShe.org’s The ScoopOpzij magazine (NL), AmericasDemocrats podcast, Facebook , Brooke’s posts, Good Men Project , suffrageandthemedia.org,

Upcoming events:  Oct. 22: Author’s Talk & Tea: Woodlawn Conservancy. Oct. 26: Talk Back at the Black Box Theater  for Nancy Smithner’s “Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights.” Nov. 5: Holiday Book Signing at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY. Nov. 6: Brentwood Public Library Nov. 7: NYU Center for the Humanities. Nov. 10: Gotham Center for NYC History/CUNY Graduate Center Nov. 16: Book & Bottle: Suffolk County Historical Society & Museum. Nov. 17-18 Researching New York Conference, Albany. Nov. 20: Brookhaven League of Women Voters. March 10: Keynote, Joint Journalism & Communications Historians Conference, New York City. April 15: Nassau County and Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical societies at the Farmingdale Public Library.

Parting shots of: the book launch events of Sept. 1 in East HamptonSept. 11 in NYC and Sept. 14 in Cambridge Mass. I’ve got comment and a video (expected soon) of the Sept. 28 event with Angela P. Dodson at the NY Society Library I spoke at the NY Genealogical & Biographical Society Fall Luncheon on Oct. 10 to an audience in which men were very well represented. Oct. 14, I presented on a panel at the AJHA Convention, Little Rock, Ark., on ‘When the Women of Suffrage Got Its Makeover On.” Here’s a post about the entire panel, which featured Jane Marcellus, Caryl Cooper, Tracy Lucht for Kimberly Wilmot Voss, and Erika Pribanic-Smith as moderator. For the  Tom Twomey Lecture in Local History, which I hosted on Oct. 19 at  the East Hampton Library, there is a Facebook Live recording featuring Judith Hope, the moderator, and presenters Antonia Petrash and Arlene Hinkemeyer.