Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor Walter Cronkite.
An acclaimed author and historian, Brinkley has drawn upon recently disclosed letters, diaries, and other artifacts at the recently opened Cronkite Archive to bring detail and depth to this deeply personal portrait.
He also interviewed nearly two hundred of Cronkite’s closest friends and colleagues, including Andy Rooney, Leslie Stahl, Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, Brian Williams, Les Moonves, Christiane Amanpour, Katie Couric, Bob Schieffer, Ted Turner, Jimmy Buffett, and Morley Safer, using their voices to instill dignity and humanity in this study of one of America’s most beloved and trusted public figures.
What I liked most about this book was that it seemed to be a very unvarnished but fair view of the most trusted man in America. Cronkite had people he liked and some he didn't. Unlike his professional demeanor he could let his hair down at times. While he made every effort to be fair and impartial on air, he was a man with his own viewpoint and leanings. Author, Douglas Brinkley did a fine job of balancing all the many facets of Cronkite's life. I also enjoyed the overview of American history that went along with telling of Cronkite's career. To my mind, this is a most worthy read.
Such a true and lovely book!
It cannot be under-stated, the impact of having the sheer, unvarnished truth at ones fingertips. Walter Cronkite. Until his death, it was impossible to imagine the state of limbo which now exists with no truth “unspun” and no lie unproven. I am so homesick for his gracious understated simplicity and rigid, unvarnished standards. Like George Clooney, i tend to dislike America in direct proportion to the magnitude of the loss of his influence. The author could not possibly have done a better job in renewing my belief in the need for honor in the business of news.
A brilliant book about a fascinating character that help shape news.