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This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV Paperback – Bargain Price, January 6, 2004
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So, I bought the book. And I'm very glad I did. The story begins with Bob Schieffer's baby steps in journalism, his experiences during the the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the civil rights struggles of the 60s, his changing perceptions of the war in Viet Nam, his personal experience of growth and change in the news business and in American governance, then Watergate, and finally, the events of September 11.
Although I learned nothing dramatically new (except the story of my eccentric aunt), I did enjoy seeing familiar events through the eyes of one very astute and well-informed observer. Author Bob Schieffer writes in an easy, flowing style, as though he is talking to the reader personally. He conveys a great sense of warmth and compassion as he talks about figures who are, to most of us, the great and near great. He does not hesitate to poke fun at himself or to share his foibles and failures. He comes across as a really nice person who just happens to have first-hand experience of the great events of the last forty years. The book moves along quickly, reads easily, and leaves you wanting more.
I feel very fortunate that I was able to read this book, and I highly recommend it to others. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
The book is a newsman's view of the news he reported.
Most impressively, Mr. Schieffer walks that thin line of relating recent history to give enough background without insulting the reader's intelligence by treating him as if he has been living in a shell for the last 35 years or so.
This is a typical memoir in that it relates Mr. Schieffer's professional career. The subtitle - "What I Couldn't Tell you on TV" is unfortunate, however, because there are not really any secrets in the book. This is a memoir and not a "tell-all". I do not think this author would be amenable to tablois style tell-all yarns. That does not detract from the book, only makes the title a bit misleading.
Mr. Schieffer has reported and/or been close to most of the major stories in America for the last few decades. This is an enjoyable look at those stories through his eyes which had a close-up view. The writing is as good as the view he gives the reader.
I stopped looking for deep secrets when he referred to Al Gore's irrelevant statement about the Internet as 'a tall tale'. Anyone that doesn't take the media for granted and actually investigates this statement in context can see he doesn't think he 'invented' the Internet. The fact that Bob would make such a statement illustrates why his career took the course it did, and puts all the excuses throughout the book in their true light.
Still, if you want to know about the man, the book is very informative.
I don�t watch much television inside these prison fences. My schedule is too busy with writing, reading, correspondence, and exercise. I am familiar with Peter Jennings, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, and Dan Rather as newscasters, but I had not heard of Bob Schieffer before reading this book that chronicles his life. He does a fine job describing it.
I admire individuals who set clearly defined goals in their lives, then set in place a strategy to help them achieve those goals. Through Schieffer�s biography, readers learn that he was a diligent student and a determined worker as a young man. As a teenager Schieffer worked as a newspaper reporter, and after college became an officer in the Air Force. Immediately upon completing his military duty, Schieffer returned to his job as a local newspaperman. Not long after his return, he courageously persuaded his supervisor at the Fort Worth Star Telegram to send him to Vietnam in order to report on the Texan troops, thereby launching himself on his way to journalistic stardom.
Soon after Schieffer�s return from Vietnam he graduated to the world of electronic media as a local television reporter. From his post as an anchor for WBAP-TV (now KXAS) Schieffer doggedly pursued the major networks with hopes of leaving behind the daily coverage of murder, arson, and other bloody crime that local news organizations are committed to broadcasting. Schieffer wanted to cover national news.Read more ›
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I was given this book by my parents back when it was first published. Unfortunately, I never got around to it until just recently. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Silence Dogood
This was purchased at the request of my husband. He says give it 5 stars!Published 9 months ago by BigAmazonUser
Just fine. No problems with receipt of the book. Wonderful, wonderful book. will read it again and again.Published 10 months ago by Lori
I enjoyed his style of writing serious, but also humerous. I also felt I learned a lot about circumstances in the past, and what brought them about. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nancy A. Pigott
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Really enjoyed getting to know the Bob Schieffer that we all enjoy.... Has lived a special life that is for the most part enjoyable to read about.....Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
So why review This Just In eleven years after publication? Because it is a treasure.
Bob Schieffer and I are about the same age. Read more