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Schieffer began moderating CBS's Face the Nation in 1991. In the 50 years since the Sunday series' November 7, 1954, debut, 4,862 key newsmakers have appeared on 2,450 broadcasts. For this work, Schieffer interviewed broadcasting notables (Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, etc.) and drew on the resources of the CBS News Library, sifting through press releases, newspaper clippings and show transcripts. He opens by recounting how CBS chief Frank Stanton and CBS founder William S. Paley teamed up to make the "Tiffany network" a broadcasting giant. Stanton, now 96, told Schieffer how he created Face the Nation to match NBC's Meet the Press: "We needed a broadcast where newsmakers could be questioned in a live setting. NBC had one and we didn't.... [W]e had the responsibility to provide one." Writing with warmth, wit and insight, Schieffer looks back at significant events and personalities—from the civil rights movement and Vietnam to anthrax and Iraq, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Bill Clinton's "Oval Office trysts," from the Pentagon Papers to the Pentagon on 9/11. His perspective expands beyond the confines of the TV studio to become a memoir of milestones in 20th-century history. Photos.
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In a bid to compete with NBC's Meet the Press, CBS debuted Face the Nation in 1954 with a contentious interview with Senator Joe McCarthy the day before the Senate debate that condemned his virulent anti-Communist tactics. Schieffer, CBS News anchor and moderator of the award-winning Sunday-morning news show, marks its anniversary with a behind-the-scenes look at the major developments in broadcast news and American history in the last half-century. Schieffer details the stories behind the stories that appeared on the broadcast: getting the first American interview with a Soviet leader when Nikita Khrushchev agreed to appear in 1957; Ed Sullivan's bid to be taken seriously by the news division, nearly scooping his own network with an interview with Fidel Castro in 1957; the interview with NAACP head Roy Wilkins in 1958 after a long, slow recognition that the story of the civil rights movement was being neglected by the networks. Schieffer recounts the triumphs and missteps of the program, including the 1965 interview with Alabama governor George Wallace, who derailed the question-and-answer format, and the 1971 interview with Defense Secretary Melvin Laird, when interviewers failed to ask, even though he was prepared to answer, whether Nixon should have disclosed the Pentagon Papers. A fascinating look at how the nation and the show have evolved over 50 years. Vanessa Bush
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Heard the taped version of FACE THE NATION, written and read
by Bob Schieffer . . . it is a compilation of the author's favorite
memories of the award-winning news... Read more
I listened to Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories unabridged on audio, narrated by the author. Schieffer gives a fine reading reflecting his love of Face the Nation and his... Read morePublished on December 2, 2006 by Len
This respected journalist provides a very engaging historical reporting of some major events that shaped political and foreign policy issues from the U.S. perspective. Read morePublished on May 20, 2005 by Jijnasu Forever
Although I watch Face the Nation occasionally, I bought the audio book CD after I saw Bob Schieffer on the "The Daily Show with John Stewart. Read morePublished on March 6, 2005 by M. Bain
This is a very enjoyable overview of the first fifty years of Face the Nation. It offers a number of "behind the scenes" looks at the show as well as the author's thoughts on the... Read morePublished on January 8, 2005 by charles peterson