Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times

Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times

by Scott Pelley
Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times

Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times

by Scott Pelley


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A monument to journalistic excellence…. Highly recommended!” —Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite and American Moonshot

Don’t ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what’s the meaning of you?

With this provocative question, Truth Worth Telling introduces us to unforgettable people who discovered the meaning of their lives in the historic events of our times.

A 60 Minutes correspondent and former anchor of the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley writes as a witness to events that changed our world. In moving, detailed prose, he stands with firefighters at the collapsing World Trade Center on 9/11, advances with American troops in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reveals private moments with presidents (and would-be presidents) he's known for decades.

Above all, Truth Worth Telling explores how the values of individuals change the course of history.

“In his debut, Pelley combines memoir, exposition, and exhortation to chronicle his long and honored career…. Piercing tributes to values and those who embody them mixed with crisp, detailed accounts of reporting in highly hazardous locations.” Kirkus Reviews
“Pelley’s narratives are a riveting blend of investigative reporting, color commentary, and personal reminiscence; they make a convincing case for why journalism still matters.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335081902
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 05/04/2021
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 282,933
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Scott Pelley has been a reporter and photographer more than 45 years. He is best known for his work on 60 Minutes and as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. Pelley’s work has been recognized with 3 duPont-Columbia Awards, 3 Peabody Awards, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, and 37 Emmy Awards. Pelley is the most awarded correspondent in the history of 60 Minutes. He has been married to the love of his life, Jane, for 35 years. They have 2 children.

Table of Contents

1 Gallantry: The FDNY 17

2 Resolve: President Bush on 9/11 64

Field Note: Meeting the Late Don Hewitt in Botswana 83

3 Selflessness: Paulette Schank 86

4 Authenticity: Bruce Springsteen 93

5 Devotion: David Hall 101

Field Note: Kremlin Rules 118

6 Audacity: Ben Bernanke 123

7 Invincibility: Nadia Murad 149

Field Note: No Moss Gathers 157

8 Gratitude: Early Lessons 160

Field Note: Do You Believe in Signs? 182

9 Duty: Lessons in War 186

Field Note: The Last Shuttle 207

10 Vision: Elon Musk 211

11 Objectivity: Learning from Unpleasant Truth 224

Field Note: Eyes of the Beholders 237

12 Hubris: Trump v. Clinton 240

13 Skepticism: A Failure of Government and Journalism 265

Field Note: Stranger than Fiction 305

14 Perseverance: The Mothers and Fathers of Sandy Hook 314

15 Deceit: The Fabulist Mr. Clinton 328

16 Courage: Bao Tong 348

Field Note: Hello, Mom? 359

17 Valor: Patrick Marc Rapicault 362

Field Note: The Madman of Obock 373

18 Arrogance: A Cautionary Tale 376

Field Note: Empathy 398

19 To a Young Journalist 400

Conclusion: How Many Stars in Your Flag? 421

Acknowledgments 425

In Memoriam 427

Notes 429

Index 459

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