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The American Journey of Eric Sevareid Hardcover – March 1, 1995


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Sevareid (1912-1992) was born and raised in North Dakota?where he was known as Arnold?and led an idyllic childhood. When his father's bank failed in 1925, the family moved to Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he went to work for the Minneapolis Journal; when he was fired, he went to Europe, where he wrote for the Paris edition of the New York Herald Tribune?and changed his given name to Eric. Soon he was recruited by Edward R. Murrow to report for CBS News, for whom he would cover some of the monumental events of the war. He fled Paris ahead of the inrushing Germans, bailed out of a crippled airplane in the Burma jungle and crossed the Rhine at the defeat of the Third Reich. The postwar years saw Sevareid taking the pulse of America on radio and TV, covering elections, Vietnam, assassinations and Watergate. The author also goes into Sevareid's hypochondria; his debilitating "fear of the microphone"; his friendship with Adlai Stevenson; and his three marriages. Schroth (The Eagle and Brooklyn) has written an extremely thorough?if at times slow-moving?biography that will be of special interest to Sevareid aficionados.
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Here is a major biography of CBS news analyst Sevareid, who died in 1992, from a professor of journalism at Loyola University and contributor to numerous journals, including Commonweal and the National Catholic Reporter.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883642124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883642129
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,074,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The author's political beliefs frame this narrative. Does a good job of telling Sevareid's life, but Sevareid himself did a much better job in "Not So Wild a Dream." This book talks about Sevareid's womanizing and so on, but really does little to explain his misery. It does recount his rise and fall and is worthwhile because it does include some good quotes from Sevareid's analytical pieces (he detested that they be considered commentaries) on "The CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite." Unfortunately, this book just seems to set up a wall between the author and its subject that is difficult to explain. You get a much better understanding of the man in "Not So Wild a Dream," and the book "Murrow's Boys."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K.A.Goldberg on July 4, 2003
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This straightforward biography of journalist Eric Sevareid (1912-1992) is worth reading. Author Raymond Schroth details Sevareid's upbringing in rural North Dakota and Minneapolis, his hiring by Ed Murrow, his long career with CBS, and his less than perfect retirement. Readers also learn about Sevareid's adventurous youth, troubled marriages, and bouts with melancholy and emotional insecurity. The book makes a nice companion to Sevareid's superb 1946 autobiography NOT SO WILD A DREAM, but also covers the man's later years. Sevareid moved millions with his sternly eloquent wisdom as he analyzed events for CBS radio and (later) television. The nation lost an important voice when CBS forced him out at age 65 - under a mandatory retirement policy they've since dropped. Sadly, he never wrote much in retirement, nor become a regular contributor to National Public Radio as have aged ex-CBS stalwarts Daniel Schorr, Richard B. Hotellet, and the late Bob Trout.
The author is a Jesuit instructor of journalism and former boyhood fan of Sevareid's broadcasts. Like THE MURROW BOYS, this is a nice, readable companion to Sevareid's superb autobiography.
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Fascinated by the commentaries of Eric Sevareid on the CBS Evening News during the Walter Cronkite era, the book was ideal to get to read on the life of Eric Sevareid.
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