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Bob Schieffer?s America brings together 171 of his smart, humorous, and pitch-perfect essays: from today?s hard issues to the human stories that show readers who they are; from politics and presidents and tragedy to the things that touch them, make them laugh, or record the small shifts in culture that just creep up. In addition, Schieffer has written ?commentaries...
Bob Schieffer?s America brings together 171 of his smart, humorous, and pitch-perfect essays: from today?s hard issues to the human stories that show readers who they are; from politics and presidents and tragedy to the things that touch them, make them laugh, or record the small shifts in culture that just creep up. In addition, Schieffer has written ?commentaries on my commentaries? that run throughout the book, offering further anecdotes, reflections, updates, and insights.
Veteran CBS newsman and Frontline anchor Schieffer (This Just In) compiles 168 essays spanning his career from the Nixon administration to the present day. He reminisces about the pretelevision era when politicians "had to be entertaining to hold a crowd"; with tongue-in-cheek rhetoric, the author creates his own exploratory committee because "everyone else seems to be doing it.... and people for some reason send them million of dollars." In a critique of the current administration, Schieffer laments that "we had elected an administration that feared the future." The hypocrisy of American foreign policy is brought to the forefront in a discussion about democracy, war and the loss of humanity in politics. As an ardent fan of human interest journalism, comic personal writing and America, Schieffer portrays citizens optimistically while harshly criticizing the current policies in Washington. Schieffer's ruminations are appealing (though hardly groundbreaking), but a choppy organization and a tendency toward repetition and overemphasis on a few themes detract from an otherwise humorous, albeit simple, collection of essays. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
EmmyA Award-winning CBS newsman Schieffer has witnessed many of our nation's greatest and saddest moments. In this collection of brief essays and commentary, he shares what he considers to be his most relevant and timeless writings. Some are poignant; others call forth grins (a self-identified "independent," Schieffer unhesitatingly attacks both parties while also scrutinizing the current state of political affairs). With its hint of rasp, Schieffer's mature voice simultaneously evokes a bit of crotchetiness, hope, and bemusement. But his habit of ending at a soft volume may render the last word or two of his sentences inaudible for some listeners. Nonetheless, many are sure to agree with his take on America. [Audio clip available through
I How Washington Works - and Doesn't 1
II Vote For...Never Mind 27
III The Best Politicians Money Can Buy 49
IV Hail to the Chief 65
V Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of News 91
VI War and Peace 115
VII Seasons 145
VIII Who We Are 165
IX Human Interests 197
X The Lives We Led 215
XI The Unthinkable 233
Posted May 9, 2009
I found this book to be a refreshing look at history during the last forty years. His commentaries at the end of "Face the Nation" are something I look forward to each week and reading some of them brought back memories of hearing them. There were times when I could visualize his face when I first heard them. Some times he is deadly serious and others there is a twinkle in his eye as he delivers his thought. He is not afraid to admit that on review that he was wrong when the original piece was broadcast. This is refreshing. The background on his family during these times is interesting. His wife, Pat, sounds like someone I would enjoy meeting. This is a book that should be read over time so the information can be digested. Reading this is like inviting an old friend into your home.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this well written collection of Mr. Schieffer's essays. I don't think that I let many Sunday mornings pass by without listening to Mr. Schieffer, and I have always enjoyed his commentaries and outlook on situations. This book provides a well balanced collection of his essays on every subject. Some will make you laugh, some will bring a tear to your eye. All in all, it is America.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2008
Mr. Schieffer has always been my favorite journalist; his plainspoken demeanor, thorough knowledge of politics, and fair reporting make him a trusted figure. In this book he lays out many of his best commentaries for us, resulting in a work that makes you smile while informing and entertaining. As I read it I could almost hear his Texas accent reading it to me in the characteristic way only Bob does.<BR/><BR/>You will not be disappointed if you buy or read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2008
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