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Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges Hardcover – Large Print, September 29, 2009
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Anyone who's watched 60 Minutes correspondent Pitts on television will be hard-pressed to reconcile that collected, intelligent reporter with the "functionally illiterate" elementary school boy he once was. Pitts's authorial debut tells his inspiring against-the-odds tale, one that begins in inner city Baltimore and ends at CBS's venerable news institution. Enduring bullies and humiliation through grade-school, Pitts also struggled with reading, and stuttered until he was 20 years old. Even after scratching his way to Ohio Wesleyan Univ., his freshman literature professor told Pitts he was wasting everyone's time. Pitts credits his enviable determination to the strong women in his life, including his wise, spiritual mother (whose first question in any situation is always, 'Did you pray yet?'"), and OWU professor Ulle Lewes (who, Pitts says, not only "changed my life, she saved it"). Further, as an African-American, Pitts had to overcome startling racism in nearly every newsroom he encountered. Pitts shares spare but illuminating stories, such as his encounter with Dan Rather just before departing for Afghanistan; Rather advised him to write letters "to all the people you love most in the world," just in case. Pitts's story is refreshing and worth a read for fans of journalism and rags-to-riches memoirs.
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“It seems unimaginable that someone of Byron’s intelligence and elegance could have faced so many struggles as a young man. No wonder he is such an inspired story teller – his own story is inspiring.”
- Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and 60 Minutes correspondent
"Byron Pitts had a secret . . . one he thought was shameful and embarrassing. So he kept it—for years and years. That he was able to is only one astonishing detail in his wonderfully candid, you-are-there memoir. Vividly written, Byron can tell a yarn with passion and intimacy. Step Out on Nothing is truly moving." - Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes correspondent
“I have always had the utmost respect for Byron as a fellow journalist. He is outstanding. I felt this way even before I discovered all he had to overcome to reach such heights of our profession. Reading Byron’s moving story left me speechless. You can’t help but be inspired.” - Robin Roberts, Good Morning America co-anchor
“If you have ever been told, "You can't achieve your dreams," you need to read Step Out on Nothing. Byron Pitts has used his remarkable skills as a reporter to reveal his most fascinating story to date - the story of his own life. It is a triumphant tale of faith and family, and one man's determination to overcome seemingly impossible odds. This book will move you, inspire you, and make you look at your own difficulties in a whole new light.” - Anderson Cooper, CNN anchor
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This book is interesting for anyone who is curious about the backgrounds of TV newspeople, and it is also very worthwhile reading.
I usually read several books at a time; but this one is captivating; making it difficult to put down. Without attempting to be a professional book reviewer, I can say that the writing was rich, visual, auditory, - engaging and gripping. It is not a sappy bio - tales of his mother Clara see to that. What a woman! This is a very realistic bio graphically recounting the good and the not so good; so it might not be suitable for grade school children. Accounts of the war in Iraq are vivid. Very insightful is his revelation of how adult children of divorce think about and deal with estranged parents.
This book is so inspiring that I think I'll likely be rereading it. An unexpected outcome; I have a newly found respect for journalist embedded with the military after reading Pitt's bio.; as a parent, I understand more of the dynamics of bullying, and the life impact of divorce and parental influences. I cannot say enough good things about the book; except to say you've got to read it.
Some of his experiences took me back to my childhood and the problems we had with my brother (special class, suspensions, fighting, etc. in grade school) who finally learned how to read at age 51, so I purchased the book. Had I have known back in the 70's that my brother was crying out for help there would have been more intervention on my part.
I am so excited about this book and plan on using it during Parent Workshops. I purchased the book again today, so I could write this review.
So, Let me just say, "My GOD, my God you truly are using this brother to reach the masses and I thank you!" This book should be read by all without exception. If you get it today and use it as a template to help parents/family & friends understand struggling readers then I see great advances in achievement for our youth. I also believe great strides will be accomplished to help generations who thought all was lost - help is on the way to victory over illiteracy with this book!
- Kimberly N. Castaneda