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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.
It might seem churlish of me to criticize a biography of an American icon, the major figure in news broadcasting for nearly four decades, but I have to say that CRONKITE seemed to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
In many ways I was expecting a better, more complete book. But it is a good read with lots of information about this icon of the TV news during many historical times in the worldPublished 3 months ago by R.L.D.
If you are a fan of WWII, this book takes you back. Or perhaps a fan of the second half of the 20th Century - Well it takes you there as well and reveals much about the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dale Haynes
To be able to read about one of the few genuine news icons who cease to exist was a pleasure.Published 7 months ago by I. Martinez
facinating account of the first truly TV anchorman and the TV news business in general and how it changed over Cronkites career. loved the book. highly recommend.Published 7 months ago by phil delessio