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He has been called the most trusted man in America. His 60-year journalistic career has spanned the Great Depression, several wars, and the extraordinary changes that have engulfed our nation over the last two-thirds of the 20th century. When Walter Cronkite advised his television audience in 1968 that the war in Vietnam could not be won, President Lyndon B. Johnson said: "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America."
Here is Cronkite's remarkable autobiography: his growing up in Kansas City and Houston; his service as a war correspondent for United Press; his plunge into television when it was still an infant industry; his rise to anchorman of The CBS Evening News and its eventual dominance of the airwaves. Here is Cronkite covering space shots, political conventions, a coronation, the assassinations of the Kennedys and King. Here are Cronkite's portraits of presidents, his behind-the-scenes tales of politics and broadcasting, his vigorous views on the future of television and the presentation of news.
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If you're looking for something in between Charles Dickens and James Thurber, try Walter Cronkite's A Reporter's Life. This humble but very exciting autobiography is full of interesting characters and lightly told anecdotes. (Early on in the narrative, young Cronkite recalls running from a cigar store, where he has surreptitiously memorized box scores, down the street to the radio station where he can report them over his daily news broadcast.) The full, even tones of Cronkite's voice rise to describe the best fight he'd ever seen on a movie screen and fall to recall the day John Kennedy died. A hundred years of American history are offered with refreshing color and candor, a tale many may only know as a semester-long drone in high school. The audio version of A Reporter's Life has the advantage of Cronkite's famously unassuming voice, perfectly suited to the weight and manner of prose that delights with understatement. Cronkite's affections, both for his wife and for his own success, are tempered with charming modesty. He delivers keen and respectful observations of U.S. presidents and other heads of state that he has worked with, as though they were simply colleagues he has known through the years. For example, when Walter Cronkite returned from Vietnam after the Tet Offensive, he announced on national television that he deemed the war to be a stalemate, after which President Johnson is said to have turned off the set and said, "Well, we've lost middle America."From the Publisher:
Just some of the praise for Walter Cronkite's reading:
"It's the reading only [Cronkite] could give"
- Arizona Daily Star
"This memoir par excellence . . . read in his steady style, is a pleasure and a reminder that there is a better way. Mr. Cronkite, why didn't you ever run for President?"
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Book Description Random House Audio, 1996. Audio Cassette. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11067945814X