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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.
"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 2 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 2 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 3 months ago by L. S. Tucker
A genuine biography that doesn't spare it's subject. The truthfulness in telling Cronkite's life is a testament to the great journalist's commitment to the facts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam Spata
I really like and appreciate most of Brinkley's writings, and I was a Cronkite fan as well, but this one is hard to read - dull page after page without really getting inside the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by D. L. Lythgoe
Cronkite was the best newsman, by far in my, in my view. He knew World War 2 from the 8th Air Force. He knew that Vietnam was a wrong war. Read morePublished 7 months ago by George Arnold
Douglas Brinkley’s workmanlike biography of Walter Cronkite fails to move the reader when it should, and leaves questions unanswered about one of the most famous television... Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. L. Asselin