The Camera Never Blinks Twice: The Further Adventures of a Television Journalist

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Reporting every night to more than 13 million people on the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather has been called "outrageous, outspoken, but never outclassed." In The Camera Never Blinks Twice he tells exhilarating and thought-provoking tales that provide ample evidence of why he's earned the reputation of premier newsman of his generation. In this book, Rather recounts his thrilling trek through Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion in 1980. He provides the full story behind his "confrontation" with Vice President ...
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Reporting every night to more than 13 million people on the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather has been called "outrageous, outspoken, but never outclassed." In The Camera Never Blinks Twice he tells exhilarating and thought-provoking tales that provide ample evidence of why he's earned the reputation of premier newsman of his generation. In this book, Rather recounts his thrilling trek through Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion in 1980. He provides the full story behind his "confrontation" with Vice President George Bush over the Iran-contra scandal. And from Tiananmen Square to Red Square, from devastating floods in the Midwest to hurricanes in the Atlantic, he takes you with him as he scours the world for breaking stories and shows how and why what we see on our television screens winds up there. Here is his inside account of his interview with Saddam Hussein, the first by any American after the invasion of Kuwait. Here are his candid reflections on returning to Vietnam with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf - the first time back for both men. Here is a chance encounter with Mikhail Gorbachev inside the Kremlin. And here are his observations on the aftermath of the Cold War, the fall of the Wall in Berlin, and the present strife in the former Yugoslavia. Rather laces the narrative with short pieces on subjects ranging from encounters with two very different late-night dictators - Fidel Castro and David Letterman - to the real story behind the so-called "six-minute blackout" in Miami, the night CBS put the pope on hold to finish a tennis match. In The Camera Never Blinks Twice, Rather pays homage to some of the all-time greats of broadcasting - including Murrow and Sevareid - and to all the courageous journalists who risk their lives to bring home the news. And he doesn't pull any punches in his assessment of world leaders, government officials, the press - or himself.

With honesty and humor, Rather recounts his thrilling trek through Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion in 1980, tells the full story behind his confrontation with Vice President Bush over the Iran-Contra scandal, and writes his candid reflections on returning to Vietnam with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this followup to The Camera Never Blinks, CBS anchorman Rather and veteran freelancer Herskowitz take us on a fast-paced and at times nerve-racking look at TV journalism on location. Rather details his harrowing trip to Afghanistan to witness the Soviet invasion of 1980. He recounts his notorious six-minute walkout on the Evening News in 1987 and tells of a confrontation with George Bush in 1988 (robust in victory, the Vice President declared: ``He [Rather] makes Lesley Stahl look like a pussy''). There are tales of the Gulf War (and Rather's interview with Saddam Hussein); the events in Tiananmen Square; the hunger in Somalia; his ``special'' on Vietnam in 1993; and what happened to this White House correspondent when he overslept and President Nixon left on a trip without him. There are also candid and insightful profiles of William S. Paley, Eric Sevareid and Fidel Castro. Readers will find Rather's views refreshingly frank, direct and intense. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)
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Since writing the first volume of his memoirs, Rather has ascended to the anchor chair of The CBS Evening News. Most of this volume, however, is devoted to his "adventures" as a reporter in the field, from Afghanistan to China, from Vietnam to the Midwestern United States. At its best-describing our chilling venture into Afghanistan in the early days of the Soviet invasion-the book really cooks. But too many chapters fall flat. And don't look for anything on what it's like to succeed the beloved Walter Cronkite or more than a passing reference to his controversial pairing with Connie Chung. The book does end on a high note, with the text of a speech Rather gave to a news directors' convention in 1993 on the proliferation of fluffy and ratings-conscious news. Given Rather's stature and the popularity of his previous memoir, The Camera Never Blinks (LJ 6/1/77), this is recommended for most libraries.-Thomas Wiener, formerly with "American Film"
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