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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    An engaging work of history by an academic who does not write like one

    About 15 years ago, I read Walter Cronkite’s autobiography, A Reporter’s Life, and was extremely disappointed in it. It seemed a superficial and half-hearted attempt at chronicling his life. That may be due to the fact that I read his autobiography about the time I read Personal History by Katharine Graham, an autobiography which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998. Personal History was an amazing book, meticulously researched and sourced, and insightful. A Reporter’s Life suffered in comparison. When I saw that a real historian was writing a biography of Uncle Walter, I bought it right away. I was NOT disappointed. While it is not an “authorized biography,” Cronkite’s children were helpful to the author, and wanted a complete story of their father told, warts and all. And there are a few warts. Although I figured there was no love lost between Cronkite and his successor as CBS anchorman, Dan Rather, it appears that Cronkite detested Rather – and was elated when Rather’s career crashed and burned over some very sloppy reporting about President George W. Bush and his not-so-illustrious career in the Texas Air National Guard during the Viet Nam era. Cronkite is an engaging work of history by an academic who doesn’t write like one. And even with all the “warts” revealed, the book’s subject still comes out looking like a hero. Douglas Brinkley also evokes superbly the times during which Cronkite was a working journalist – World War II, the Kennedy assassination, the Cold War, the NASA space program -- and sheds light on the people Cronkite worked with and reported on. Cronkite is over 800 pages, heavy enough to serve as a doorstop, but well worth the time it takes to read and absorb it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Outstanding

    I grew up in this era and remember Cronkite's Apollo broadcasts as a small boy. Very interesting to know how TV News started and what it has become today.

    Great read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    Very interesting even though it is very long.

    I especially liked the historical picture of CBS news and the workings of the press during world and national events and news anchor struggles with management.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    A very detailed description of Walter Cronkite's life.
    Great overview along with the details of Mr. Cronkite's early life and a great description of the anchorman years.
    Probably a bit too much gossip description or interactions about Dan Rather, Barbara Walters and other competitors involved in the journalism field. But all-in-all a great book too read on an individual who was so well known, trusted and part of 20th Century America.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    The news from the other side of the pen

    I have read ½ of the book so far. My father was a political journalist and much of his journey in journalism was very similar. I like that the book is not just about Walter Cronkite, but also touches on many of the others in the field. I knew of all them, as my father was only 5 years older than Walter Cronkite, and was a journalist and in Washington DC. I am enjoying the insider’s view of the adventures of life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Excellent Read

    Great book that provides details of Walter Cronkite's rise to the CBS news editor/anchorman and his passion for unbiased news reporting.

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