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For decades, Walter Cronkite was known as "the most trusted man in America." Millions across the nation welcomed him into their homes, first as a print reporter for the United Press on the front lines of World War II, and later, in the emerging medium of television, as a host of numerous documentary programs and as anchor of the CBS Evening News, from 1962 until his retirement in 1981. Yet this very public figure, undoubtedly the twentieth century's most revered journalist, was a remarkably private man; few know the full story of his life. 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, as both a reporter and later as an anchor for the evening news. Cronkite was also witness to—and the nation's voice for—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.
This author takes far too many liberties interjecting his personal opinion for this to be taken as a serious biography. But Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer R. Clister
Very good book not only on Mr Cronkite but the history he shared with usPublished 3 months ago by M. Ginsburg
Great book. I was curious about how he was off camera. I have read books from this author (Brinkley) so I was not disappointed in the book.Published 3 months ago by Rigoberto Vasquez
"Cronkite" is too repetitive and awkward to sustain your interest for 820 pages. It has its merits, but they are surrounded by layers of inaccuracies and flat, bulky... Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. J. Lehrman
Very interesting account of the competitiveness within the news bureau. Cronkite was truly a leader who will never be forgotten for his coverage of the assassination of John... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ed
For so many of us, particularly the baby boomer generation, there was only one newsman we could trust to tell us the unvarnished, unhyped truth. Read morePublished 8 months ago by L. S. Tucker