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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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"A pull-no punches book, but gracefully written, sparkling with good humor and full of new insights into Washington and the history of our times." Dan Rather
"This insightful,instructive, and entertaining book on Washington, national politics and journalism is the work of one of the best reporters of our time. His keen eye and Texas sense of humor are a pitch-perfect combination to take us through some of the larger and small events of the last quarter-century." Tom Brokaw
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Bob Schieffer is the chief Washington correspondent for "CBS News" and the moderator of "Face the Nation." He is also the winner of six Emmys.
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At that time, I was too busy working as an RN and raising six chldren. I am not a writer, though wish I had more talent that way, just want to say,I enjoyed the book and thought it was worth while.
Bob Schieffer demonstrates in the book that reporters are just as vulnerable to the foibles of life as we are. While his career was most prominent in his life, the needs of his family, in the end won out.
He takes us into the broadcast booth with him where we find people who worked for four days in 9/11, producers who sat under his desk feeding him page after page of the Starr report and where on election night 2000, the networks themselves set the stage for the most bizarre night ever on TV.
We are with him in Dallas, Viet Nam and on the courthouse steps of a sleepy 1960 Fort Worth. Throughout the entire book Schieffer, in his modest, warm and humorous way takes us on a forty year journey through an America that has reinvented itself over and over, only to come full circle on a viewing platform at Ground Zero.
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 author communicates with wit, humor and humility..a real gentleman with an opinion, but without ever being boring or partisan. Truly a role model for up and comers.
The chapters get better and better, perhaps because of the recent nature of current events. His take on Bill Clinton, the man and the politician, is the most honest and best presented I have seen.
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