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This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2004

    An Enjoyable Memoir

    This book is a thoroughly enjoyable memoir written by a decent and principled man, and a fair-minded reporter. It is a light read that includes interesting tales of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and the Vietnam war, to name just a few of my favorite topics. I was particularly intrigued by his insights into Senator George McGovern. Although some of his personal antecdotes are less interesting, on the whole it certainly is worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    A good glimpse inside the 4th branch

    Mr. Schieffer's recounting of his career is a facinating look at someone who saw first hand so much of the history of the 2nd half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. I agree with another review in that the first half was stronger. Schieffer's days in Ft. Worth at the Star-Telegram and WBAP were facinating. I enjoyed as well the later stories though I did have some questions I wanted to ask Mr. Schieffer. He stated that he thought that Gerald Ford's pardon was perhaps the biggest reason he lost to Carter. I would have liked also to hear his ideas regarding Reagan not really getting out and supporting Ford after the primary. Also I would have liked to hear his views on Ford being offered the 1980 VP spot with Reagan only to then go on with Walter and describe it as being a 'co-presidency.' Rumor had it that Ford was getting payback from Reagan for 1976. Still all in all a very good smooth read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    A Media Find

    A wonderful memoir. As a broadcaster it is insightful and enjoybale. Certainly not heavy reading but more than worth the read about a man and a distinquished career with CBS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    Fort Worth Very Good - Later Stuff Bland

    The first half of this book is engaging and a great read. Bob's tales of his career in Fort Worth in the 1960s are well worth the cost of the book. The problem is that the farther Bob gets away from Fort Worth the less critical his eye gets and the blander gets his writing. By the time you reach the Larry Tisch years at CBS it's pretty much like a day-old enchilada, once it was good and now it's just mushy and bland. Maybe Bob should have written this book after he retired. So read the first part and enjoy it and then put it down. You'll feel better about Bob and the book if you do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2003

    FOCUS, HOCUS-POCUS!

    Riveting behind-the-scene look at the news events--and the television news business itself--over the 40-plus years of his career. Schieffer recalls the moments that defined his career and shaped the nation, from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. My absolute recommend is this book together with "COCKPIT CONFESSIONS OF AN AIRLINE PILOT" by Keshner, a genius of a bigot.

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