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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 Guidal Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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