This memoir by Dan Rather is told in a straightforward and conversational voice, and covers all the important moments of his journalistic career, including a frank accounting of his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, new insights on the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan" as well as inside stories about all the U.S. Presidents he covered and all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his distinguished career.
The book will also include Dan's thoughts on the state of journalism today and what he sees for its future, as well as never-before-revealed personal observations and commentary.
Anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, much-honored newsman Rather has been a working reporter for 64 years. He began his series of memoirs with The Camera Never Blinks (1977), a bestseller spanning his life from journalism study at Sam Houston State Teachers College to Watergate. He followed with I Remember (1991), recalling his Texas childhood, and The Camera Never Blinks Twice (1994) about TV journalism on location from Afghanistan to Vietnam. In this latest update to the series, his straight-arrow honesty is punctuated with occasional humor: It was long said of me that I had the CBS Eye tattooed somewhere on my ass. For a blistering opening chapter, he details the absence of executive backbone during CBS News investigation of Abu Ghraib: The possibility that the financial and political interests of CBS corporate almost buried a story as compelling as Abu Ghraib was most unsettling. He s equally outspoken on the journalistic meltdown when CBS News was ordered to drop its investigation into Bush s experience with the Texas Air National Guard. Throughout the book, he delivers strong punches at those who stood in his way, but he also has much praise for the co-workers who joined him in his quest for the truth. With his usual conversational writing style, he maintains a personal connection with his readers in this riveting and revelatory autobiography that can also serve as a valuable textbook for anyone studying journalism.
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I love this book and am glad that he took the time to tell the real story about his end at CBS news. This is a must read in my book.
If you're tired of contemporary television news and wonder why you must sit through "news" of Tom and Katie's divorce and other celebrity items ad nauseum, read this book.
Ok I may be biased as I have been a Rather fan since I was a child. That said, this book is entertaining and interesting. Well written you feel like Dan is sitting in your living room telling you the story. I highly recommend it to any news or political junkie such as myself. Also good publicity for HDNet. Can't wait to see Dans new show.