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Cronkite (Low Price CD) by Douglas Brinkley, George Guidall

For decades, Walter Cronkite was known as "the most trusted man in America." Yet this very public figure was a remarkably private man. Drawing on unprecedented access to Cronkite's private papers as well as interviews with his family and friends, Douglas Brinkley now brings this American icon into focus as never before.

Brinkley traces Cronkite's story from his roots in Missouri and Texas through the Great Depression, during which he began his career, to World War II, when he gained notice reporting with Allied troops from North Africa, D-Day, and the Battle of the Bulge. In 1950, Edward R. Murrow recruited him to work for CBS, where he covered presidential elections, the space program, Vietnam, and the first televised broadcasts of the Olympic Games. Cronkite was also witness to many of the most profound moments in modern American history, including the Kennedy assassination, Apollos 11 and 13, Watergate, the Vietnam War, and the Iran hostage crisis.

Epic, intimate, and masterfully written, Cronkite is the much-anticipated biography of an extraordinary American life, told by one of our most brilliant and respected historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062270764
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/21/2013
Edition description: Abridged
Sales rank: 1,206,897
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 5.12(h) x 1.53(d)

About the Author

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him “America’s new past master.” His recent Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism and was a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year. The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is a member of the Society of American Historians and the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.

George Guidall is one of the foremost narrators in the audiobook industry, having recorded over 500 unabridged books ranging from classics to contemporary bestsellers. He is the recipient of the 1999 Audie Award presented by the Audio Publishers Association for the best narration of unabridged fiction.

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Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
As a child of the 1970s when I think about Walter Cronkite, I don’t really remember seeing him broadcast the news on television. I have watched countless replays and reports on this iconic figure but he seems to me more of as a familiar great uncle. I did meet him once and he came across as that crazy uncle everyone has, who is full of stories that revolve around him. In Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley, it gave me a new perspective on this newsman. He came to be in an age of the new world of television. What I found fascinating is that many of the criticism of television reporting in the day are the same that you hear about the new journalism on the internet. That these news bits are superficial, they are not real reporting, and that anyone now can call themselves a reporter. What you learn in this book is that Cronkite was a make no waves kind of guy. The kind that everyone liked, he had a knack for sharing the events of the day in an easy conversational style. This boy from middle America could connect and until this day still holds the title the most trusted man in television. If he said it, it must be true, you could take his word to the bank as the old maxim goes. Cronkite also was a part of the greatest generation the ones that tried to do the right thing and a precursor to the “me” generation that we live in today. Cronkite covered the great stories of his day, the assassination of President Kennedy, the space race, and world events. As Brinkley masterfully does in his writings he takes you into his world, as if you were a fly on the course of his life. You feel closer to this distant uncle and wish you would have been more appreciative of him while he was still around. Maybe he wasn’t as crazy as you thought. A quick read, Cronkite takes you back to a simpler time where the world was not so noisy with information overload and America was the shinny city on the hill. A good read for fans or those who want to learn more about this gentleman from Middle America.
NewsieQ More than 1 year ago
About 15 years ago, I read Walter Cronkite’s autobiography, A Reporter’s Life, and was extremely disappointed in it. It seemed a superficial and half-hearted attempt at chronicling his life. That may be due to the fact that I read his autobiography about the time I read Personal History by Katharine Graham, an autobiography which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998. Personal History was an amazing book, meticulously researched and sourced, and insightful. A Reporter’s Life suffered in comparison. When I saw that a real historian was writing a biography of Uncle Walter, I bought it right away. I was NOT disappointed. While it is not an “authorized biography,” Cronkite’s children were helpful to the author, and wanted a complete story of their father told, warts and all. And there are a few warts. Although I figured there was no love lost between Cronkite and his successor as CBS anchorman, Dan Rather, it appears that Cronkite detested Rather – and was elated when Rather’s career crashed and burned over some very sloppy reporting about President George W. Bush and his not-so-illustrious career in the Texas Air National Guard during the Viet Nam era. Cronkite is an engaging work of history by an academic who doesn’t write like one. And even with all the “warts” revealed, the book’s subject still comes out looking like a hero. Douglas Brinkley also evokes superbly the times during which Cronkite was a working journalist – World War II, the Kennedy assassination, the Cold War, the NASA space program -- and sheds light on the people Cronkite worked with and reported on. Cronkite is over 800 pages, heavy enough to serve as a doorstop, but well worth the time it takes to read and absorb it.
OlyDan More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a very well written and intersting book. Since I don't care for "celebrity" biography, I was a bit concerned at first. But this book is anything but that. As a person who enjoys works of historical biography, I was not disappointed. Brinkley is an excellent writer and Cronkite a very intersting man. A very good book showing the growth of TV media, as well as the intersection between TV media and popular culture. Highly recommend this book.
Fly2husker More than 1 year ago
I grew up in this era and remember Cronkite's Apollo broadcasts as a small boy. Very interesting to know how TV News started and what it has become today. Great read!
RevP More than 1 year ago
I especially liked the historical picture of CBS news and the workings of the press during world and national events and news anchor struggles with management.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very detailed description of Walter Cronkite's life. Great overview along with the details of Mr. Cronkite's early life and a great description of the anchorman years. Probably a bit too much gossip description or interactions about Dan Rather, Barbara Walters and other competitors involved in the journalism field. But all-in-all a great book too read on an individual who was so well known, trusted and part of 20th Century America.
glauver More than 1 year ago
n 1979 the great David Halberstam wrote a masterful book about the media called The Powers That Be. I don't know if anyone has written a worthy update. Douglas Brinkley tried, using CBS anchor Walter Cronkite as his subject. The biography is interesting but somehow misses being everything it could be. Cronkite's long career paralleled the rise of TV news; perhaps Brinkley should have focused on his active years with CBS from the 50s to the 80s. A lot of space devoted to Walter's long retirement might have been more profitably used in deeper analysis of Vietnam and Watergate coverage. Brinkley can be critical of Cronkite, but he seems unable to pinpoint exactly why the TV news anchor is no longer the oracle he (or she) once was. He also seems overly critical of Dan Rather, ignoring the fact Rather was CBS Evening News anchor longer than Cronkite.
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Simply an outstanding book
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Great book that provides details of Walter Cronkite's rise to the CBS news editor/anchorman and his passion for unbiased news reporting.
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