From Publishers Weekly
Edwards, who has hosted NPR's Morning Edition
since 1979 (though he's just announced his retirement from that post, as of April 30 of this year), examines the charismatic career and pioneering efforts of renowned newsman Murrow for Wiley's Turning Points series. Murrow's broadcasting innovations were indeed significant turning points. Joining CBS in 1935, when radio news usually focused on such preplanned events as parades and flower shows, Murrow ran the network's European Bureau by 1937 and became a celebrity in 1940 with his stunning rooftop broadcasts of the London Blitz: "Listeners in comfortable living rooms all across the United States were hearing Britons being bombed in real time." Creating a cadre of WWII correspondents, Murrow flew on 25 combat missions, delivering dramatic reports on everything from the "orchestrated hell" of Berlin to the liberation of Buchenwald's "living dead." Mainly remembered for its famed 1954 attack on Joseph McCarthy, Morrow's groundbreaking TV show See It Now
(1951â"1958) put field producers on location, offering live remotes, split screens, original film footage and unrehearsed interviews at a time other TV news featured only a reading of headlines. Edwards delineates a brief but striking portrait of a "driven man," a fearless fighter who set such a high standard for himself and others that he became a legend, leaving a lasting impact in newsrooms even after his death in 1965. The book includes excerpts from memorable Murrow broadcasts throughout.
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Edwards, former host of NPR's Morning Edition
, brings perspective and knowledge to this memoir of radio and television legend Edward R. Murrow. The author chronicles Murrow's innovations in radio and television broadcasting, including live radio reports of the war in progress in Europe in 1940; exposure of the despotism of Senator Joseph McCarthy on CBS in 1953; the powerful television documentary Harvest of Shame
on the deplorable conditions of migrant workers in the U.S.; and the first in-depth television news program, See It Now
. Drawing on actual broadcasts and conversations with Murrow's colleagues, including Edward Bliss Jr., who wrote for Murrow at CBS and was later the first editor of The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
, Edwards brings to life the early days of radio and television and the innovations that Murrow sparked. In the afterword, Edwards analyzes the decline in broadcast news since Murrow's pioneering days. Readers interested in journalism will enjoy this slim book. Vanessa BushCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved