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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (321 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Brinkley Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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Audie Award Nominee, Biography and Memoir, 2013

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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Gudger | 2/7/2014

    " Excellent ... loved every minute of it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 1/29/2014

    " Maybe more than I really wanted to know ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/25/2014

    " This book was really informative and I learned a lot about Cronkite and about CBS News before and during his tenure. Brinkley, while sympathetic to Cronkite, did not pull any punches and painted him as a less than perfect man, which I appreciated. He had an ego, which was not unexpected, and held a very liberal political philosophy, which was also not unexpected. Brinkley even mentioned some of Cronkite's philanthropic endeavors, which was a good thing to add for readers disenchanted with his personal foibles. The pressure of staying "King of the Hill" of network broadcasters must have paid a toll on Cronkite, who in retrospect may have felt he retired too early. He continuously searched for meaningful work after retiring, even though he was in good financial standing. There has to be lesson there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice Shellenberger | 1/15/2014

    " Feel somewhat guilty giving this 3 stars. Listened to this audiobook and lost interest several times. Perhaps this book should be read, instead. Learning about Cronkite's life is learning about the birth of television news and revisiting the historical happenings of my youth and beyond. So much is covered and through the eyes of Uncle Walter, not a perfect man --- but a principled one with good common sense. The book ends with Cronkite's death and the birth of cable news. Enough said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/5/2014

    " Excellent biography of Cronkite - quite interesting retelling of the historical events he reported over the course of his long career. I feel as if I got to know the man from reading this book and I like him even more than I did before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/2/2014

    " I thought this book was a bit dull particularly when the subject lead such an interesting life. I much preferred Cronkite's memoir, A Reporter's Life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/12/2013

    " A fairly written biography of one ofthe greatest figures of the 20th century. His influence is sorely missed in today's news reporting world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Hammond | 9/29/2013

    " I finished this on Sunday, & loved it worth four, & a half. Not worth five because there were a few mistakes like when the author wrote about the Clinton sex scandal in 97. It was in 98. However, overall it was a great read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S & H | 7/3/2013

    " Very interesting account of how he got into the news business. I agree with others that the information is interesting, but could have been better written. I enjoyed learning more about Cronkite's personality and transitions from print to TV and conflicts with other reporters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 4/1/2013

    " Took me awhile to get through this book, so I can't say it was a nailbiter. But I did enjoy the walk down memory lane of the news and events that shaped my life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/28/2013

    " well researched and worth reading for the assembly of facts. repetitious -- keeps repeating stuff on the assumption the reader won't remember facts previously discussed. Poorly organized, which is why he finds it necessary to repeat himself. The NASA stories are the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 1/30/2013

    " Must-read biography of the most important figure in TV news history. Brinkley has also crafted fine work, one of the best books I have read in the last 20 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean Lauterbach | 12/24/2012

    " Loved it. A great way to look at history through the development of broadcast news. I love Uncle Walter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janeene | 11/6/2012

    " 2.5 stars -----interesting - a little slow in parts but overall an interesting look back at not only Cronkite's career - but intersting hearing about previous presidents, Watergate,etc "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.He has published several essays on Carter’s post-presidency, which have appeared in World Policy Journal, Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic History, and the New Orleans Review.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.