A Reporter’s Life
Cronkite’s prose has the same stately cadences as that famous voice, reinforcing the grandfatherly persona that made him America’s most trusted anchorman until his retirement in 1981. He also has a dry sense of humor, so his memoirs are dignified rather than pompous. Chapters on the early days of radio and television broadcasting are colorful; the more episodic later portions contain some good anecdotes, plus a frank account of Cronkite’s dismay at the direction CBS News took under Van Gordon Sauter. Just the book you’d expect from Uncle Walter.
"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."
"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 more about because of Walter Cronkite’s work."
--The New York Times Book Review
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