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Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-Winning News Broadcast Paperback – May 3, 2014
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It is a good read. Unfortunately, there's not quite enough meat in it. The book is over almost before it began. It comes with a 2-hour DVD that I am planning on watching soon. I hope it includes some of the remarkable stories included in the book; the McCarthy interview, the Ali interview, and most importantly, the great Martin Luther King, Jr.
Schieffer has a natural gift to tell a story, and it's a worthwhile read.
The 50th anniversary book covers the following topics: McCarthy and the Red Scare, Krushchev the "big scoop," "Castro day on CBS," Civil Rights, Vietnam, the Pentagon Papers, women on FTN, presidential campaigns, Clinton's impeachment, 9/11, and the war in Iraq. The second part includes select "final thoughts" by Schieffer my favorite being on Prince Charles: "So why is this cause to celebrate? Because he's their prince, not ours" (p. 197). The third section is a brief look at the moderators and producers of FTN through the decades. In the back are statistics listing guests with the most appearances and the longest span of appearances.Read more ›
FCN offers a great tale or two. Ed Sullivan's attempts to break into the news biz by interviewing newly-victorious Fidel Castro ended up making a fool of the variety show host. The story was told here because FTN newsmen trying to interview Fidel were scooped by the entertainer. From here, Shieffer gives us snippets of the dangers and frustrations of bringing interviews home in the early days, when film had to be physically shipped to the studio. Newsmen had to travel to distant and dangerous places, including an increasingly brutal Vietnam, to get their subjects to speak, and often risked their lives to do so.
Beyond this, Shieffer very briefly sketches the genesis of the program (intended to compete with NBC's Meet the Press), it's format and the 7 journalists who have served as moderators, including Shieffer himself. Shieffer also claims that the show, whose format has remained basically unchanged for 50 years, has evolved innovations, like his short end-of-show commentaries, almost unintentionally. Shieffer's use of FTN transcripts and a few pages of his favorite commentaries were a high point of the book.Read more ›
Even though this is a short book, it feels padded. Shieffer discusses how Face The Nation covered the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, 9/11, and Monica Lewinsky (he thinks it was appropriate for the show to feature that story on 49 Sundays in 15 months). Still, it is interesting and useful to remember how journalists once asked MLK if he shouldn't be more patient, and refused to take woman politicians seriously.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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