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A Reporter's Life Hardcover – November 27, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The first half of the book is devoted to Walt growing up, working in newspapers, becoming a wire service reporter, and covering the war in Europe. This is some good stuff. Again, nothing intensive, but interesting. The second half of the book is about his television career with CBS. If you grew up watching Walt during this time, well -- there's not many surprises. He repeats how he choked up announcing JFK's death, calling the Vietnam War to be a lost cause, learning of LBJ's death with a phone call live on the air, watching Dan Rather getting slugged (woohoo!) at the Democratic Convention, etc. In the last chapter Walt gives his views on the state of network news and how it can be improved. To me, it was kind of sad. He doesn't fully appreciate or understand that it's dead.Read more ›
Cronkite's sense of excitement about journalism is obvious from the earliest days of his career, when he used brief, coded teletype messages to invent play-by-play accounts of football games for his radio audience. By career's end, he was participating in world events, his interview with Anwar Sadat and its follow-up bringing Sadat to Israel in a precedent-setting meeting with Menachim Begin and an eventual peace treaty. As he takes the reader step-by-step through this career, he describes his goals as a young man, his earliest jobs at local newspapers and radio stations, his work with United Press, his press responsibilities overseas during World War II, his work in Russia, and his early foray into television, when other serious journalists were avoiding this medium.
The landmark TV coverage of the 1952 political conventions opened the eyes of the country to how the political system worked in reality.Read more ›
Cronkite recalls his boyhood in Missouri (he was born in 1916) and Texas, his early reportorial days, and his long career with CBS radio and television. Cronkite also takes a long look at U.S. history during the post-war period, including the end of World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights, Vietnam, etc. He also devotes strong attention (and opinions) to America's Presidents in that era. Most would consider Cronkite politically centrist, but some conservatives (including TV's mythical Archie Bunker) despised his pro-UN, and eventual anti-Vietnam view. Readers get a feel for what it's like to have access to the high and mighty, as well as the sense that politicians see reporters as people to be used for their ends. Cronkite also reveals such personal issues as his family life, and his love for race cars and speed.
This is an informative and engaging read, yet a bit shallow for one who moved in the constellations of power. Perhaps that comes from the author's status as America's anchorman, a task requiring one to strive to be calm, level and centered.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been looking for this recording for years - it's amazing to hear Walter's stories in his own voice. Read morePublished 5 months ago by W. Murphy
I haven't always appreciated Mr. Cronkite's work on radio and televison. So it was difficult for me to set aside my own bias and commit to reading this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by George Hicks
Cronkite here provides many amusing anecdotes about his career, some even self-deprecating; but this autobiography proffers no profound ideas. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anson Cassel Mills
Well written autobiography by an exceptional man. We're unlikely to see his kind again. Good read.Published 10 months ago by bg from Baltimore
Loved this autobiography. Am looking for more written by Walter Cronkite.Published 16 months ago by Louise