With Heroic Truth: The Life of Edward R. Murrow

With Heroic Truth: The Life of Edward R. Murrow

by Norman H. Finkelstein
     
 

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Hired by the Columbia Broadcasting System in 1935 and promoted to director of CBS's European bureau on the eve of World War II, Murrow's innovative radio programming and straight forward, on-the-scene reporting style completely reshaped American coverage of European political events.

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Hired by the Columbia Broadcasting System in 1935 and promoted to director of CBS's European bureau on the eve of World War II, Murrow's innovative radio programming and straight forward, on-the-scene reporting style completely reshaped American coverage of European political events.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
To relive moments during W.W.II and the '50's, read this biography. Murrow is still considered the best reporter in broadcasting or print. During the battle of London, his "This...Is London" broadcasts grabbed the nation and kept them glued to the radio. His radio reports from the death camp at Buchenwald and the TV programs on Joseph McCarthy and "Harvest of Shame" are still landmarks in broadcasting. Murrow's life and times are well documented and are fascination reading in this moving biography. Don't miss it.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpDrawing heavily upon primary-source materials, including transcripts of many of Murrrow's radio and television broadcasts, Finkelstein presents a sharp, clear portrait of one of the 20th-century's great journalists. He opens with a lengthy profile of Joseph McCarthy and gives a detailed account of Murrow's legendary See It Now telecast in 1954 that helped bring about the downfall of the demagogue. From there, the author traces Murrow's childhood, education, and career, from World War II, when Murrow electrified the U.S. with his live This...Is London transmissions to his postwar move into television where he and producer Fred W. Friendly set new standards of excellence in that growing medium. A fine selection of black-and-white photographs appears throughout. The first chapter is an exciting one that relates a dramatic historical moment, but to begin a book on Murrow with a lengthy discussion of Joseph McCarthy and his hold on the nation in the early 1950s may overwhelm and potentially confuse readers with little background knowledge. Also, the fact that snippets of dialogue and transcripts appear without altering the typeface or setting off the quotes makes it difficult to determine who is speaking. Reservations aside, this is an attractive and inspirational biography.David A. Lindsey, Lakewood High and Middle School Libraries, WA
Kirkus Reviews
An adulation of Murrow, "the founding saint of broadcast news and the best-ever practitioner of it, [who] also set standards for excellence and courage that remain the standards the world over."

Born into a hardworking family, Murrow took a speech course from Ida Lou Anderson that changed his life, drilling into him all the "skills he would need to become a confident and effective speaker." Murrow found his way to CBS after college and for seven years, via his London-based radio show, broadcast to the US "what it was like to live in a country at war," emphasizing British resolve and resilience. Finkelstein (Thirteen Days, Ninety Miles, 1994, etc.) is unmistakable in his own conviction: "Day after day, Murrow's broadcasts did more to turn American public opinion in favor of Britain and American involvement in the fight for freedom than all the formal diplomacy." It's also clear from this account that Murrow helped bring McCarthyism down: "We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law." Finkelstein is one-sided and laudatory, omitting any mention of Murrow's human frailties (e.g., his alleged affair with Pamela Harriman in London), but sincere in his belief that this broadcast visionary is a hero; readers will be convinced.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395678916
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.77(w) x 9.74(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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