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In chatty, colloquial prose, Hewitt hits the show's high and low points, including a frank discussion of the compromises made to air an interview with Big Tobacco whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand and a blistering critique of the way those compromises were depicted in the movie The Insider. He pays warm tribute to his reporters, particularly Mike Wallace, writes appreciatively of CBS founder William Paley, and candidly discusses his differences with Paley's successor, Laurence Tisch. Hewitt doesn't pretend to be a saint; he accepts the mingled imperatives of journalism and commerce that drive TV news without (usually) sounding too defensive. His memoir pungently chronicles the evolution of broadcast journalism and expresses faith in the idealism that still fires the men and women who practice it. --Wendy Smith
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
What a great story of the development of news television and 60 minutes told by the guy who lived through it all! Highly recommended!Published 4 months ago by Brad A
Good book he should had got rid of ed Bradley and Andy rooneyPublished 8 months ago by Michael Larthey
I'm still reading this book. So far I think it is pretty great. I can't wait to finish reading it.Published on October 31, 2013 by Beatrice
I bought this book to give as a gift, so I picked a more expensive option because it said "new". I could have picked a copy that cost a dollar if I'd wanted a used version. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by dustynightswood
Excellent book, so well written you can not put it down. What an incredible life this man had.Published on October 3, 2009 by AJK
Great book by a great guy. From Murrow to pre-Couric, he was CBS News. 60 Minutes ia an ok show, too.Published on January 16, 2008 by Tim Whitmore
I am in Hewitt's business myself (in another part of the world). His book and his experiences give me a lot to think about.Published on March 14, 2006 by Jan Mosander
Ok, so he isn't a writing genius, but he KNOWS television and how to keep a quality broadcast show on top. Read morePublished on July 22, 2004 by Amazon Customer
I expected of Don Hewitt's book something on par, at least professionally, with "60 Minutes"; not so with "Tell Me A Story. Read morePublished on November 23, 2002 by Alana