Brinkley, Douglas (Book - 2012)
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Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor Walter Cronkite.
Authors: Brinkley, Douglas
Title: Cronkite
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2012]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: xi, 819 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Pt. 1: The making of a reporter. Missouri boy ; Houston youth ; Learning a trade ; Making of a Unipresser
Pt. 2: The Second World War. Gearing up for Europe ; The Writing Sixty-Ninth ; Dean of the air war ; Gliding to V-E Day ; From the Nuremberg Trials to Russia
Pt. 3: Cold War broadcaster. Infancy of TV news ; Election night and UNIVAC ; Mr. CBS Utility Man ; The Huntley and Brinkley challenge ; Torch is passed ; New space frontier on CBS
Pt. 4: Anchorman. Anchorman of Camelot ; The Kennedy assassination ; Who's afraid of the Nielsen ratings? ; Paley's attempted smackdown ; Civil rights and Project Gemini ; What to do about Vietnam? ; The Tet Offensive
Pt. 5: Top Game. Calm and chaos of 1968 ; Mr. Moon Shot ; Avatar of Earth Day ; The Nixon-versus-CBS war ; Reportable truth in the age of Nixon ; Fan clubs, stalkers, and political good-byes ; A time to heal ; Live with Jimmy Carter
Pt. 6: The spokesperson. Retirement blues ; Struggling elder statesman ; Defiant liberal ; "The world's oldest reporter" ; The new millennium
Epilogue: Electronic Uncle Sam
Summary: Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor Walter Cronkite.
ISBN: 0061374261
Branch Call Number: 921 Cronk
Statement of Responsibility: Douglas Brinkley
Subject Headings: Television journalists Biography Cronkite, Walter
Topical Term: Television journalists
LCCN: 2011051467
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"Offers a candid look at the renowned, yet fiercely private, journalist and news anchor who reported on some of the biggest stories of the twentieth century." April 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=623168

Jun 26, 2012
  • fjvalentin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought it was an extremely well researched and well written book. He portrayed the man, warts and all, but what a man! A lot of space was taken up with CBS News in-fighting and ratings wars, but that is the nature of the business. Cronkite was just a great man, and his qualities came through.


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