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Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues
     

Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues

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by Bill Moyers
 

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Thank You for Having Me includes the very best of Bill Moyers’s conversations from the celebrated weekly PBS broadcast Bill Moyers Journal, with luminaries ranging from The Wire creator David Simon, anthropologist Jane Goodall, food journalist Michael Pollan, and many others. The book is an unparalleled entrée into the debates, the

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Thank You for Having Me includes the very best of Bill Moyers’s conversations from the celebrated weekly PBS broadcast Bill Moyers Journal, with luminaries ranging from The Wire creator David Simon, anthropologist Jane Goodall, food journalist Michael Pollan, and many others. The book is an unparalleled entrée into the debates, the intellectual and cultural currents, and above all the fascinating people that have so powerfully shaped our times

Editorial Reviews

Unlike some other popular media figures, Bill Moyers doesn't pepper the people he interviews with rapid-fire questions or battle them into corners with fervent interruptions. Instead, his interviews, more properly called conversations, unfold naturally, like talks between friends or new acquaintances. His new Bill Moyers Journals displays his talents for inquisitive dialogue with an enviable guest list that includes biologist E.O. White, religion writer Karen Armstrong, Daily Show host Jon Stewart, novelist John Grisham, author Barbara Ehrenreich, novelist-poet Nikki Giovanni, economist Simon Johnson, and actor John Lithgow. One book that refuses to be put down; editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
Culled from Moyers’s third PBS series, which ran from 2007 to 2010, there’s no small talk or superficiality in these interviews with 47 "independent thinkers." The topics are far-reaching (faith, populism, the Israeli occupation of Gaza, aging, lynching in America, health care, capitalism, capital punishment, lobbyists in Washington), and the guest list is wide-ranging (pediatrician Margaret Flowers, biologist E. O. Wilson, historian Howard Zinn, economist Victor Greidel, writer David Simon, minister Jeremiah Wright, lawyer Philippe Sands, journalist Victor Gold, novelist John Grisham, theologian James Cone). Karen Armstrong urges us to find the commonalities in diverse religious traditions, notably compassion. Jeremy Scahill alerts us that Blackwater’s Eric Prince "is a man who is building up nothing short of a parallel national security apparatus." John Lithgow shares some of his favorite poems; Jane Goodall turns one’s attention to the animal world. In an era of much instant and ephemeral talk, it is a pleasurable thing to hold this "book of ideas." These challenging, engaged conversations reward the reader’s serious attention. There are no sound bites here, just food for thought. (June)
Kirkus Reviews

A collection of bracing interviews with American writers and thinkers.

Veteran journalist and nine-time Peabody Award winner Moyers (Moyerson Democracy, 2008, etc.) gathers a glittering array of discussions with authors, activists, historians, social scientists and others that were broadcast on his public-affairs program Bill Moyers Journal in 2007–10. Focusing on topics both timely and timeless—torture, health-care reform, the U.S. economy, aging, compassion, God, among many others—the insatiably curious Moyers prods disparate intellectuals into candid talk about their sphere of interest.Often progressive, always articulate, the interviewees include historians Thomas Cahill, Nell Painter and Howard Zinn; poets Robert Bly, Nikki Giovanni and W.S. Merwin; journalists Douglas Blackmon, Barbara Ehrenreich, William Greider, Robert Kaiser and Robert Wright; and activists Grace Lee Boggs (grassroots democracy), Jim Hightower (corporate power), Michael Pollan (food), Jane Goodall (animals) and Holly Sklar (workers). Each interview illuminates some main current in American life. Jon Stewart argues for the importance of joking about absurd world events; novelist Louise Erdrich reflects on the fractured inner life of a mother and writer of mixed ancestry; journalist Sam Tanenhaus distinguishes between the conservatism of Glenn Beck and William F. Buckley Jr.; and Republican insider Victor Gold tells why he awaits "a rebirth of Goldwater." Judge Richard Goldstone discusses his controversial report on human-rights violations in the Gaza War, and streetwise reporter David Simon, best known for his HBO series The Wire, makes a strong case for crime as the best keyhole into how our society really works. When biologist E.O. Wilson reminds us that human activity is wiping out much of the rest of life on the planet, Moyers suspects that such life would probably survive without us. "Oh, it would do wonderfully well without us," says the scientist.

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From the Publisher
“Perhaps the finest interviewer alive today.”
The Star Tribune

“I can think of no journalist, now or at any time across the annals of our past, who has contributed so much to democracy’s dialogue.”
—Michael Copps, FCC commissioner

“[Moyers] has always been about something beyond the moment. Or put another way, while everyone else in the media has been exploring topography, Moyers has been exploring geology.”
—Neal Gabler, Los Angeles Times

“In an era of much instant and ephemeral talk, it is a pleasurable thing to hold this ‘book of ideas.’”
Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595586247
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

From his early years as a Texas journalist to his role as one of the organizers of the Peace Corps, top assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, publisher of Newsday, senior correspondent and analyst for CBS News, and producer of many of public television’s groundbreaking series, Bill Moyers has been actively engaged in some of the most volatile episodes of the past fifty years. Moyers is the host, most recently, of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS. He is the winner of more than thirty Emmy Awards, and the author of the bestselling books Listening to America, A World of Ideas, and Healing and the Mind.

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Bill Moyers Journal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JYKWA More than 1 year ago
I picked up the book after seeing Bill Moyers's interview on The Daily Show. The book was different from what I expected in a good way. For some reason, I thought it would be a collection of his impressions of the various interviews he conducted during his long career. Instead, he lets his subjects express their thoughts and feelings as they are without filtering through his own perception or judgment. It's almost akin to reading the interview transcripts, but they are all fascinating. The people in this book are from wide-ranging fields - entertainment to academia to politics. Immensely enjoyable to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful compilation of fantastic interviews, from all walks of life and all professions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave you a good background on many areas. Excellent book.
Bob_Accra More than 1 year ago
I had not previously read anything from Bill Moyers, but have been a long-time admirer of his work. Living overseas, I did not have the opportunity to watch the interviews captured in this book, but I found them insightful and useful to introduce me to people I had not heard of, or didn't know well. A bright light in journalism, which shines even brighter now compared to the dismal product flung at us every day now, dumbed-down for competitive or ideological reasons.
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