Making the News, Taking the News: From NBC to the Ford White House

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For fifteen years, Ron Nessen enjoyed an extraordinary career covering the major national events of the 1960s and ’70s for NBC News, and later serving as White House press secretary to President Gerald R. Ford. Making the News, Taking the News remembers the events and personalities that dominated national politics during Nessen’s career, bringing a hard-won perspective to those tumultuous times. Through an interweaving of countless incidents and personal anecdotes, Nessen builds a story that captures the true grit of closed-door politics. Off-the-record briefings and strategy sessions, as well as descriptions of experiences with Vietnam troops in the field, provide a vivid illustration of the life of an on-the-road reporter. At the heart of the book is Nessen’s White House years, as the veteran reporter gives a valuable eyewitness account of events both behind the scenes and in front of the cameras that shaped and altered America during two critical decades.

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RON NESSEN is the journalist-in-residence at the Brookings Institution. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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“The politics of the 1960s-70s come to life in Nessen’s recounting of the first 15 years of his journalism career from 1962-1977. ... Political junkies will love the details about the White House personalities and operations under Ford, and journalists and journalism scholars will appreciate Nessen’s reflections on the role and power of reporting.”—Judy Soldberg, Library Journal

"'Vietnam dominated my life for nearly a decade,' Nessen says in his new, sprightly written memoir…Nessen devotes about half of his book to his reporting in Vietnam and about half to an inside-baseball account of his life as President Ford's spokesman. He mixes in highly personal details of his life with solid, first-person reporting on the inner workings of the Ford administration."—Mark Leepson, VVA Magazine

“In this strongly written, evocative and at times very personal memoir Ron Nessen takes us on an intensely remembered journey through a unique period of American history, when it seemed the center might not hold…”—John R. Coyne Jr., Washington Times

“A smooth, engaging, funny and serious jaunt through the 60’s and 70’s with Ron Nessen. All students interested in journalism, the Vietnam War, or politics will find this book a winner. It will hook the reader from the first word and is hard to put down.”—Annemarie Roscello, AASL/PLR “Outstanding” University Press Books

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