A Reporter's Life

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  • Title: A Reporter's Life
  • Author: Walter Cronkite
  • ISBN: 9780394578798
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
  • IMMEDIATELY ENGROSSING A SPLENDID MEMOIR The Wall Street Journal Run, don t walk to the nearest bookstore and treat yourself to the most heartwarming, nostalgia producing book you will have read in many a year Ann Landers Entertaining The story of a modest man who succeeded extravagantly by remaining mostly himself His memoir is a short course o IMMEDIATELY ENGROSSING A SPLENDID MEMOIR The Wall Street Journal Run, don t walk to the nearest bookstore and treat yourself to the most heartwarming, nostalgia producing book you will have read in many a year Ann Landers Entertaining The story of a modest man who succeeded extravagantly by remaining mostly himself His memoir is a short course on the flow of events in the second half of this century events the world knows about because of Walter Cronkite s work The New York Times Book ReviewA MAIN SELECTION OF THE BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB

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    1. [according to Russian propaganda] we [the USA] allegedly delayed the second front in Normandy so that the Germans could kill more Soviet soldiers. And there were scores of little stones to go with these boulders of shameless falsehood. They claimed that Russians had invented every modern device, from telegraph to the airplane. They reached the pinnacle of mendacity with the claim that they had invented baseball. I thought surely that the people must find the official claims as ridiculous as I di [...]

    2. Definitely one of my favourite memoirs. Walter Cronkite is as talented and influential an author as he is a reporter, and his book is honest, forthcoming and powerful, capturing not only his career but also how he affected others throughout his life.

    3. Fantastic. Cronkite was an icon & actually lived up to his reputation. A fantastic reporter with real integrity. I was sorry this was abridged, but it was still really good.

    4. A good autobiography on what is now an extinct breed: The great professional journalist. No longer will anyone in journalism have the reputation or credibility that Cronkite had during his prime. What replaces him these days cannot even compare. It is amazing to read how Cronkite saw the world, being a direct observer to some of the greatest events of the 20th century. Now, was Cronkite perfect His commentary on Vietnam has been decried by several in the military and he made no secret of his pol [...]

    5. For the most part I felt the author to be mildly to moderately cocky, and arrogant in his narrative. This is understandable to some degree considering the fact it's an autobiography and the natural inclination is to portrays yourself the hero, but at times it was almost too much to bear. While there were some moments of humility and humor, more frequently I felt it took on a "snobbish" tone and too much of it was a recounting of major events in which he participated in, or people he rubbed shoul [...]

    6. From 1962 until 1981, Walter Cronkite, endeared to many as "Uncle Walter" came into the American living room every evening via CBS evening news. For many Americans, Mr. Cronkite was the standard in both news accuracy and honesty. However, actual standards are not established by consumers of products, but by their producers. And it is by that criterion set by his peers, was the overarching standard by which Cronkite existed, produced and has left as his professional legacy: objectivity. "A Report [...]

    7. Reading this book felt like sitting down to cocktails with a much smarter Forrest Gump. Cronkite was literally inserted into almost every major news story of the 1900s- and talks about major historical figures as his friends. A very enjoyable and very accessible historical read. Also notable were his thoughts on television and the future of democracy and the media.

    8. It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than eight years since our media world lost its “most trusted newsman” with the 2009 passing of Walter Cronkite. It’s even harder to believe that it’s been more than 36 years since the iconic anchorman signed off his CBS Evening News broadcast for the last time. Having recently re-read Douglas Brinkley’s biography of “Uncle Walt’s” life a second time, (reviewed here by me the first time more than three years ago), I still don’t know [...]

    9. I grew up with Walter Cronkite as the face of the nightly news. He was serious yet friendly, knowledgable yet not intimidating. I believed what he shared each evening; I was not yet old or mature enough to begin to decipher the "meaning" of the news on my own. As I grew older and went off to college, I watched very little television, and the nightly news, indeed any news, was relegated to past habits; I had no time or inclination to keep abreast of current events.By the time I returned to viewin [...]

    10. In the 50's, Walter Cronkite hosted a popular TV show called "You Are There", which time traveled to historic events and presented them as if they were news stories. The irony of it all is that Cronkite did not have to time travel to cover some of the most important events of the 20th century. From WWII and the Nuremberg trials to presidential conventions, assassinations, Viet Nam and Watergate, Cronkite was the trusted and authoritative voice that reported on the news."A Reporter's Life" is bot [...]

    11. This is a memoir, not an autobiogaphy. The best features are the many anecdotes that turn out to be ridiculously hilarious. Timelines are not always straightforward, partly because some chapters are dedicated to sigle subjects such as the manned space program, but the lack of dates is frustrating in places. There are some errors that are truly colossal, such as the statement the WW2 in Europe in 1943 and 1944 prior to D-Day was just an air war, when of course there was fighting on the ground on [...]

    12. This was a wonderful snapshot into the 20th century by a person who was dropped into the middle of many of the historical events of that time.Cronkite starts with a chronological account of his life. He switches to themed chapters after entering his TV broadcasting years (wars, presidents, science, etc). He touches a little on his personal life and familyI think more to acknowledge their existence in his life than to make any revelations.I would absolutely recommend this novel for anyone who may [...]

    13. I should have written this review immediately after finishing the book. It was well written and it was interesting, but I came away feeling a bit suspect that it wasn't 100% honest and objectively written as one would be lead to expect from such an icon of an earlier era of journalism. It could be that I was just misreading the authors manner of telling a tale or possibly misinterpreting sarcasm for a bit of truth stretching. In any case that bit of nagging doubt took the edge off a a good book [...]

    14. Cronkite led and amazingly fascinating long life and is truly an historically important figure. However, he wrote like a journalist. For me that meant he covered too much material at too service of a level. I would have preferred him selecting a short segment of his life and going deeper. I got bogged down and actually stopped reading about 3/4th of the way through.

    15. Excellent; "Uncle Walter" tells the tale of his life as a reporter, anchorman, and, above all, news man from World Wat II forward; ends with an indictment of the limitations of televised news and potential future issues of infotainment and profits over responsibility in news and the effects it will have on politics that are - 20 years later - appearing to be spot on, if not under called

    16. I enjoyed this book, and the insights into the life of news casting. It looks like a 24 hour a day job today. Interesting to reflect back on historical moments. Also, interesting to hear about the old technologies such radio.

    17. Interesting memoir, though the narrative jumped around a lot. More like the transcription of a conversation (or Cronkite's side of one).

    18. I'm rounding up from the 3 1/2 stars I would ideally like to award Cronkite's A Reporter's Life, published in 1996, some 13 years before his death. As with any such work, its author had an astounding window from which to witness momentous geopolitical events in addition to the changes within print, broadcast, and increasingly cable and internet news sources.Cronkite writes with a somewhat self-deprecating style, acknowledges the extreme good fortune he has enjoyed in his personal and professiona [...]

    19. After my beloved Oma passed, I went through her book collection and came across Walter Cronkite’s autobiography, A Reporter's Life. I had always known about Walter Cronkite but had been too young to watch his broadcasts. I knew that my Oma and Grandfather held him in high esteem as a leader of the nation. People flocked to see his broadcasts as he was somebody they trusted. A Reporter's Life chronicles Mr. Cronkite, his family, and the development of his early reporting days. It catalogs amazi [...]

    20. An enjoyable description of the twentieth century told through Walter Cronkite’s life experiences as well as his prominent journalistic pieces.Describing the incidents he reported on as a journalist many years ago, Cronkite also provides his personal opinions, a rarity during his lifelong tenure on the air. Viewing historical events through the lens of an experienced reporter, especially one as renowned as Cronkite for his integrity, provides a fascinating perspective.Full thoughts here: todhi [...]

    21. To be honest, I needed a "plane book" for my flight to Minneapolis. Something light and breezy, but not mindless. I spotted this at the Powell's bookstore at PDX on my way out. It proved fine for the purpose - chapters were short but interesting, there was enough biographic detail to keep me interested, and his angles on the world events on which he reported were certainly fun to read -- the news behind the news so to speak. Parts of it were predictable -- he liked JFK -- he did not like the Bus [...]

    22. During his tenure as the anchor of the “Evening News” on CBS, Walter Cronkite was widely recognized as one of the most trusted journalists in the nation. His reputation for honesty and fairness was earned over the course of a long career that began in newspapers before moving on to radio and eventually to television. This memoir captures his recollections of that career, providing us with a detailed glimpse into many of the pivotal events of the previous century. From World War II to Vietnam [...]

    23. Finished a book which is 20 years old called A Reporter’s Life by Walter Cronkite (WC). Reading it now because I made the decision to stop watching all news television. To stop watching what could barely be called news. WC speaks to the superficial quality of political coverage. Is it political coverage or just another piece of entertainment called National Enquiries? WC recounts dozens of his scoops: for example, tracking down and interviewing Takeo Yoshikawa, the Japanese spy who was strateg [...]

    24. A truly uplifting book--as strange as that may sound. Walter Cronkite has seen everything, done everything, been everywhere, and lived to report about it; but, despite his harrowing experiences in multiple wars, firsthand observations of Communist-Russia, and front row seats to numerous White House scandals, Cronkite remains positive about America's, and the world's, potential. His observations are honest and refreshing without being preachy or overly self-important.But, don't think you're going [...]

    25. THIS IS NOT NEWSThis is a book written totally from the perspective of the United States and its far reaching impact on the rest of the world. I’m not a citizen of the United States and found the tsunami of media personalities, that are presumably household familiar names, may stir up memories for Americans, but it was damn boring for me to wade through. His recollections of meeting with the powerful heads of state and the nuremberg trails were a relief to read. Unfortunately they were buried [...]

    26. I grew up being aware of the scratchy voice and popularity of Walter Cronkite. He was the symbol of the news and subconsciously many felt as I did that what he said was "the way it was" [He closed each night's news broadcast with, "And that's the way it is (and gave the date)."The book is well written with a brief comment on each of the significant events and people since the first TV news in 1948. What was amazing to me was how Walter Cronkite not only reported on every single one of these even [...]

    27. An icon of the news industry wrote this book in 1996, over a decade after retiring from his anchor desk on CBS. This autobiography takes you on a trip through Cronkites life, how he got there and the interesting things he seen along the way.But this story is told through his eyes, and at times his vision is boring. This book was one of the hardest I have ever read. While there were parts that made me want to finish, these nuggets were few and far between, in my opinion. Being a fan of Cronkite, [...]

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