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Brinkley, Douglas.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
New York : Harperluxe, [2012]

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xi, 1408 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowed news anchor Walter Cronkite.
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Includes index.
The making of a reporter. Missouri boy ; Houston youth ; Learning a trade ; Making of a unipresser -- The Second World War. Gearing up for Europe ; The writing Sixty-ninth ; Dean of the air war ; Gliding to V-E Day ; From the Nuremberg Trials to Russia -- Cold War broadcaster. Infancy of TV news ; Election night and UNIVAC ; Mr. CBS utility man ; The Huntley and Brinkley challenge ; Torch is passed ; New space frontier on CBS -- Anchorman. Anchorman of Camelot ; The Kennedy assassination ; Who's afraid of the Nielsen Ratings? ; Paley's attempted smackdown ; Civil rights and Project Gemini ; What to do about Vietnam? ; The Tet Offensive -- Top game. Calm and chaos of 1968 ; Mr. Moon Shot ; Avatar of Earth Day ; The Nixon-versus-CBS war ; Reportable truth in the age of Nixon ; Fan clubs, stalkers, and political good-byes ; A time to heal ; Live with Jimmy Carter -- The spokesperson. Retirement blues ; Struggling elder statesman ; Defiant liberal ; "The world's oldest reporter" ; The new millennium ; Electronic Uncle Sam.
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Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor Walter Cronkite.

An acclaimed author and historian, Brinkley has drawn upon recently disclosed letters, diaries, and other artifacts at the recently opened Cronkite Archive to bring detail and depth to this deeply personal portrait.

He also interviewed nearly two hundred of Cronkite's closest friends and colleagues, including Andy Rooney, Leslie Stahl, Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, Brian Williams, Les Moonves, Christiane Amanpour, Katie Couric, Bob Schieffer, Ted Turner, Jimmy Buffett, and Morley Safer, using their voices to instill dignity and humanity in this study of one of America's most beloved and trusted public figures.

Author Notes

Douglas Brinkley was born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 14, 1960. He received a B.A. from Ohio State University in 1982 and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1989. He was a professor at Tulane University, Princeton University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Hofstra University, and the University of New Orleans. In 2007, he became a professor at Rice University and the James Baker Institute for Public Policy. He is a commentator for CBS News and a contributing editor to the magazine Vanity Fair.

His first book, Jean Monnet: The Path to European Unity, was published in 1992. His other works include Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years, The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter's Journey Beyond the White House, Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day, and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion, The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, Cronkite, and Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America. He also wrote three books with historian Stephen E. Ambrose: The Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938, Witness to History, and The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisiana Purchase to Today. He has won several awards including the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize for Driven Patriot and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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In this well-researched, readable book, Brinkley (history, Rice Univ.) details the life and work of Walter Cronkite (1916-2009). Brinkley focuses on Cronkite's thoughts and actions while covering the Nuremberg Trials, the 1952 presidential election, the Kennedy era, civil rights, Vietnam, the space program, the Nixon presidency, Watergate, and the Carter White House. This is not a scholarly analysis of Cronkite's motivations, the evolution of television journalism, or the times in which he lived. Instead, the author introduces the reader to television's most celebrated news anchor via revealing anecdotes--for example, Cronkite's occasional outbursts about politics and culture--and leaves the interpretation of his influence to coworkers, competitors, admirers, and critics, who offer insightful comments. The book does not conceal Cronkite's darker side, such as his highly competitive nature, and this forthrightness underscores the narrative's authenticity. By the book's end, readers will feel they know Cronkite as well as did his CBS News colleagues who worked with him for decades. The editing is skillful, and the footnotes and index are helpful. A good choice for those interested in American history as well as journalism history and broadcast news. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. R. A. Logan emeritus, University of Missouri--Columbia

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Part I The Making of a Reporter
1 Missouri Boyp. 15
2 Houston Youthp. 33
3 Learning a Tradep. 55
4 Making of a Unipresserp. 87
Part II The Second World War
5 Gearing Up for Europep. 111
6 The Writing Sixty-Ninthp. 140
7 Dean of the Air Warp. 171
8 Gliding to V-E Dayp. 192
9 From the Nuremberg Trials to Russiap. 219
Part III Cold War Broadcaster
10 Infancy of TV Newsp. 237
11 Election Night and UNIVACp. 262
12 Mr. CBS Utility Manp. 285
13 The Huntley and Brinkley Challengep. 302
14 Torch Is Passedp. 331
15 New Space Frontier on CBSp. 367
Part IV Anchorman
16 Anchorman of Camelotp. 399
17 The Kennedy Assassinationp. 438
18 Who's Afraid of the Nielsen Ratings?p. 475
19 Paley's Attempted Smackdownp. 506
20 Civil Rights and Project Geminip. 540
21 What to Do About Vietnam?p. 568
22 The Tet Offensivep. 614
Part V Top Game
23 Calm and Chaos of 1968p. 651
24 Mr. Moon Shotp. 684
25 Avatar of Earth Dayp. 713
26 The Nixon-versus-CBS Warp. 740
27 Reportable Truth in the Age of Nixonp. 769
28 Fan Clubs, Stalkers, and Political Good-byesp. 812
29 A Time to Healp. 851
30 Live with Jimmy Carterp. 880
Part VI The Spokesperson
31 Retirement Bluesp. 921
32 Struggling Elder Statesmanp. 959
33 Defiant Liberalp. 993
34 "The World's Oldest Reporter"p. 1033
35 The New Millenniump. 1069
Epilogue: Electronic Uncle Samp. 1107
Acknowledgmentsp. 1127
Biographical Glossaryp. 1150
Notesp. 1171
Author's Interviewsp. 1404