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Rather outspoken : my life in the news
Rather, Dan.
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New York : Grand Central Publishing, [2012]

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vi, 498 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
This memoir by the author, one of the most pre-eminent journalists of our time, is told in a straightforward and conversational manner; you hear his distinctive voice on every page. He has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career, and discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan" as well as inside stories about all the top personalities he has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career. The book also includes his thoughts and reflections on the state of journalism today and what he sees for its future, as well as never-before-revealed personal observations and commentary.
Alone -- Abu Ghraib -- George Bush and the Texas Air National Guard -- Roots -- New York, civil rights, and Dallas -- Presidents I have known, part I -- Presidents I have known, part II -- Washington, London, Vietnam -- Afghanistan -- 9/11 -- Rather v. CBS -- Reinventing Dan Rather -- Corporatization, politicization, and trivialization of the news.
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This memoir by Dan Rather is told in a straightforward and conversational voice, and covers all the important moments of his journalistic career, including a frank accounting of his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, new insights on the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan" as well as inside stories about all the U.S. Presidents he covered and all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his distinguished career.

The book will also include Dan's thoughts on the state of journalism today and what he sees for its future, as well as never-before-revealed personal observations and commentary.

Author Notes

Dan Rather was born in Wharton, Texas, October 31, 1931. He attended Sam Houston State College at Huntsville, Texas, and earned his B.A. in Journalism in 1953. He went on to earn his Law degree from the University of Houston and South Texas School of Law.

After graduation he became a Journalism instructor at Sam Houston State College and worked for United Press International, and the Houston Chronicle as a news writer, reporter, and news director. He joined the CBS radio affiliate KTRH in Houston in the mid-late 1950s. He became the director of news and public affairs for CBS television affiliate KHOU in Houston in the late 1950s to 1961. From 1961 to 1964 he was the chief of CBS's southwestern bureau in Dallas. In 1963 he became the CBS White House Correspondent, and two years later the chief of the CBS London bureau for a year. In 1966 he was a war correspondent in Vietnam and returned to a position as CBS White House correspondent from 1966 to 1974.

In 1974, Rather became the anchor-correspondent for CBS Reports for a year before becoming the correspondent and co-editor for 60 Minutes until 1981. He has been an anchor for Dan Rather Reporting on the CBS Radio Network since 1977 and anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather form 1981 to 2005. In 1988 he became the anchor for 48 Hours and has anchored numerous CBS news specials.

Rather is the recipient of the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters' awards for spot news coverage in 1956 and 1959. He has received numerous Emmy Awards for his outstanding news reports. In May 2007, Rather received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Siena College in Loudonville, New York, for his lifetime contributions to journalism. Rather is also a columnist whose work is distributed by King Features Syndicate. On May 28, 2007, Rather compared historical events to events in the Star Wars films in the History Channel special, "Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed". Rather continues to speak out against alleged influence in journalism by corporations and governments. At a recent conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sponsored by the group Free Press, Rather criticized both local and national news organizations, stating, according to reports, that there is no longer incentive to do "good and valuable news." Rather has since resumed his career with HDNet, a high-definition cable television station as a producer and hosts a weekly one-hour show called Dan Rather Reports as of October 24, 2006. Rather also has contributed as a guest on The Chris Matthews Show, and on The Daily Show. He has also formed an independent company called News and Guts Media.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Dan Rather has a lot to say. Whether you agree with him or not, you have to give him this: he stands his ground and he's more than willing to name names. His memoir gets off to an intriguing start as Rather recounts how he and his team at 60 Minutes II pursued the story of Abu Ghraib, even as the Bush administration and Rather's superiors at CBS tried to block him. On the heels of that triumph, though, came Rather's pursuit of another story: President Bush's mysterious absences from his National Guard unit. After a right-wing blog swarm decided (erroneously, as it turned out) that Rather's documents were manufactured, scandal erupted, and, after much ado, including a (now-regretted) apology by Rather, the newsman's 40-plus years at CBS were over. Summer Redstone, the head of CBS' parent company, Viacom, was a staunch Republican, who by his own statement wanted Republicans in office and was willing to force the issue. The storied CBS wall between corporate and news had finally crumbled to dust. Rather retraces all this ground, but his book is much more than a redress of grievances. He also takes readers back to his humble Texas beginnings and the amazing story of how a nobody from nowhere came to be a media superstar. Along the way, he gives brief assessments of the presidents he has known, analyzes his role in other controversial stories (civil rights, Watergate), and discusses what he sees as the future of journalism. His view of the latter isn't pretty. Rather quotes Jefferson: The only security of all is in a free press and then notes that when you have a press that has become compliant to politicians, owned by corporations, and staffed by people who only want to entertain and obey their corporate masters, the plan fails. By turns an absorbing biography and a thought-provoking cautionary tale.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This memoir from legendary newsman Dan Rather charts the course of his career-highlighting the highs, the lows, and the controversy-his dismissal from CBS, and the biggest stories he covered (from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to the atrocities of Abu Ghraib) during his many decades in the news business. Much as he did during his years behind the news desk, Rather turns in a professional and compelling performance. His narration is sonorous, clear, and smooth, his voice trustworthy and tinged with the soft remnants of his Texas accent. In this audio edition, he offers up a reading that is straightforward and personal. Listeners who grew up getting their nightly news from Rather will likely find this a familiar and even comforting listen. A Grand Central hardcover. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

This very personal memoir from the legendary CBS news anchor relates the full account of his dismissal from CBS as well as the major events he covered throughout his award-winning career, including the Vietnam War, President Kennedy's assassination, Watergate, the 9/11 attacks, and the atrocities of Abu Ghraib. News junkies will enjoy the inside stories about the famous (and infamous) people Rather interviewed as well as his strong opinions on how a free press cannot become intertwined with political affiliations and corporate interests. Rather shares his memoir with the clear, no-nonsense delivery many listeners heard every night for decades. VERDICT Expect high demand and a long tail for this essential biography.-Beth Farrell, Cleveland-Marshall Coll. of Law Lib., Cleveland State Univ. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.