"A monument to journalistic excellence.… Highly recommended!” —Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite and American Moonshot
An inspiring memoir from the frontlines of history by the award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent.
Don’t ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what’s the meaning of you?
With this provocative question, Truth Worth Telling introduces us to unforgettable people who discovered the meaning of their lives in the historic events of our times.
A 60 Minutes correspondent and former anchor of the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley writes as a witness to events that changed our world. In moving, detailed prose, he stands with firefighters at the collapsing World Trade Center on 9/11, advances with American troops in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reveals private moments with presidents (and would-be presidents) he’s known for decades. Pelley also offers a resounding defense of free speech and a free press as the rights that guarantee all others.
Above all, Truth Worth Telling offers a collection of inspiring tales that reminds us of the importance of values in uncertain times. For readers who believe that values matter and that truth is worth telling, Pelley writes, “I have written this book for you.”
A TV newsman confronts war, terror, economic collapse, and presidential deceit in this tumultuous memoir. Pelley, a 60 Minutes correspondent and former anchor of CBS Evening News, combines firsthand observations, interviews with newsmakers, and reported profiles to recapture the stories he covered. An opening piece on the September 11 attacks mixes his on-the-spot impressions of the collapsing World Trade Center with an intimate profile of a fire department chief coping with the disaster; a chapter on the 2008 financial crash puts him in the room as Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke struggle to bail out the economy, then probes the big banks' mortgage frauds; and a recap of the 2016 election reviews the dissembling and derangements of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Many chapters are devoted to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: Pelley watches U.S. helicopters bombard the enemy; slogs along on counterinsurgency patrols; confronts President George W. Bush over the lies told to justify the invasion of Iraq; and examines the kidnapping and torture of prisoners by the U. S. military and CIA. Pelley's narratives are a riveting blend of investigative reporting, color commentary, and personal reminiscence; they make a convincing case for why journalism still matters.