Cronkite

Cronkite

Audiobook CD - 2012
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For decades, Walter Cronkite was known as "the most trusted man in America." Yet this very public figure was a remarkably private man. Drawing on unprecedented access to Cronkite's private papers as well as interviews with his family and friends, Douglas Brinkley now brings this American icon into focus as never before.

Brinkley traces Cronkite's story from his roots in Missouri and Texas through the Great Depression, during which he began his career, to World War II, when he gained notice reporting with Allied troops from North Africa, D-Day, and the Battle of the Bulge. In 1950, Edward R. Murrow recruited him to work for CBS, where he covered presidential elections, the space program, Vietnam, and the first televised broadcasts of the Olympic Games. Cronkite was also witness to many of the most profound moments in modern American history, including the Kennedy assassination, Apollos 11 and 13, Watergate, the Vietnam War, and the Iran hostage crisis.

Epic, intimate, and masterfully written, Cronkite is the much-anticipated biography of an extraordinary American life, told by one of our most brilliant and respected historians.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperAudio p2012.
Edition: Abridgment.
ISBN: 9780062212665
0062212664
Branch Call Number: 92 C9478
CDAUDIO BIO CRONKITE W. Brinkley 06/2012
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (12 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Guidall, George
Harper Audio (Firm)

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JCLJoyceM May 06, 2016

Brinkley provides an excellent biography of Walter Cronkite, TV’s first anchorman who managed to exude an everyman persona in spite of his years behind the camera. He loved researching, especially for moon and space explorations. Cronkite was proud to have established TV news standards and did n... Read More »


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JCLJoyceM May 06, 2016

Brinkley provides an excellent biography of Walter Cronkite, TV’s first anchorman who managed to exude an everyman persona in spite of his years behind the camera. He loved researching, especially for moon and space explorations. Cronkite was proud to have established TV news standards and did not dumb down news with theater. Narrator George Guidall successfully matches Cronkite’s intonations. Cronkite practiced delivering the news at a slower pace than the average spoken word, which gave his broadcasts a calming, knowledgeable tone, as he became the “most trusted man in America.”
The book also reveals the competition between networks and among CBS staff. Cronkite never tried to mend fences with Dan Rather, who moved into the coveted anchor spot. CBS pushed him to the side after his retirement. Despite the treatment, he mentored younger CBS reporters.

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