Cronkite's prose has the same stately cadences as that famous voice, reinforcing the grandfatherly persona that made him America's most trusted anchorman until his retirement in 1981. He also has a dry sense of humor, so his memoirs are dignified rather than pompous. Chapters on the early days of radio and television broadcasting are colorful; the more episodic later portions contain some good anecdotes, plus a frank account of Cronkite's dismay at the direction CBS News took under Van Gordon Sauter. Just the book you'd expect from Uncle Walter. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Written with wry, self-deprecating humor, Cronkite's memoir gives us the veteran TV newscaster at his most relaxed and ingratiating as he recounts dozens of his scoops: for example, tracking down and interviewing Takeo Yoshikawa, the Japanese spy who was strategic to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Daniel Ellsberg when he was in hiding after stealing the Pentagon's secret Vietnam War plans (the Pentagon Papers). Tough-minded, Missouri-born Cronkite, who apprenticed on Houston papers, has been eyewitness to, or participant in, many of the century's momentous events. As United Press war correspondent, he covered D-Day, the Allied air war and the Nuremberg trial. He joined CBS as a Korean War correspondent, and as CBS Evening News anchor for almost two decades (he retired in 1981, pushed out, he says, by a new management more interested in infotainment than substance), he reported on the civil rights movement, NASA's first moon walk, the John Kennedy assassination, freedom struggles in South Africa. Peppered with personal encounters with presidents from FDR to Nixon, plus close-ups of Nazi Hermann Goring, Douglas MacArthur, Castro, Begin and many others, Cronkite's crisp narrative charts the metamorphosis of network television into the defining medium of American consciousness. He also lets loose brickbats on the contemporary scene, bemoaning the "ridiculously small" volume of television news and the superficial quality of political coverage ("The debates are a part of the unconscionable fraud that our political campaigns have become, and it is a wonder that the networks continue to cooperate in their presentation"). Photos not seen by PW. BOMC main selection. Available on cassette and CD from Random House Audio. (Dec.) FYI: On November 4, the date this review is appearing, Cronkite celebrates his 80th birthday.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Loved this autobiography. Am looking for more written by Walter Cronkite.Published 5 months ago by Louise
cronkite really places the listener into the life of a child who started out as a paper boy, to getting a job at a local paper, covering world warII, and many other aspects of his... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert A. Raymond
Don't buy the biographies when you can get this book straight from Cronkite! It's a charming book and loaded with at least a half century of history from one who was there! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Shirley from Wisconsin
but a friend gifted me with an autographed copy of the hard-bound edition, and I felt obligated to read it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by William E. Adams
This is an interesting look at how Walter Cronkite became the top TV journalist of our age. I liked his insights on the golden age of journalism, but this book strongly proves the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by R. Keith Clingan
"A Reporter's Life" written in 1996 by the late great Walter Cronkite is his autobiography as a small town kid from Kansas City who with a passion for journalism and broadcasting... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joe Owen