The Face the Nation commentator delivers ?a fitting companion to his career memoir, This Just In? (Texas Monthly).
Bob Schieffer?s America brings together 171 of his smart, humorous, and pitch-perfect essays: from today?s hard issues to the human stories that show readers who they are; from politics and presidents and tragedy to the things that touch them, make them laugh, or record the small shifts in culture that just creep up. In addition, Schieffer has written ?commentaries on my commentaries? that run throughout the book, offering further anecdotes, reflections, updates, and insights.
Veteran CBS newsman and Frontline anchor Schieffer (This Just In) compiles 168 essays spanning his career from the Nixon administration to the present day. He reminisces about the pretelevision era when politicians "had to be entertaining to hold a crowd"; with tongue-in-cheek rhetoric, the author creates his own exploratory committee because "everyone else seems to be doing it.... and people for some reason send them million of dollars." In a critique of the current administration, Schieffer laments that "we had elected an administration that feared the future." The hypocrisy of American foreign policy is brought to the forefront in a discussion about democracy, war and the loss of humanity in politics. As an ardent fan of human interest journalism, comic personal writing and America, Schieffer portrays citizens optimistically while harshly criticizing the current policies in Washington. Schieffer's ruminations are appealing (though hardly groundbreaking), but a choppy organization and a tendency toward repetition and overemphasis on a few themes detract from an otherwise humorous, albeit simple, collection of essays.