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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Osgood Narrator: Charles Osgood Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781543611199
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The year is 1942. Charles Osgood is a nine-year-old living in Baltimore. His idols are Franklin Roosevelt and Babe Ruth, a hometown hero. Charlie spends his days delivering newspapers on his daily route, riding the trolley to the local amusement park, going to Orioles' baseball games, and playing with his younger sister, Mary Ann. With great attention to detail, Osgood captures the texture of life in a very different era, before anyone had heard of penicillin or the atomic bomb. In his neighborhood of Liberty Heights, gas lights glowed on every corner, milkmen delivered bottles of milk, and a loaf of bread cost nine cents. Although Osgood had many interests as a child, what captivated him more than anything else was the radio. He would listen huddled under the covers, after his parents had turned off the lights, to Spiderman, Superman, The Lone Ranger, the Shadow - and of course baseball. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 10/13/2013

    " This is a delightful little book! This book gives us a nostalgic look at the WWII era through the eyes of a child. I laughed out loud at some of his childhood antics. I would recomend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 10/3/2013

    " A really cute short little book about author at the age of nine in 1942. It is a sweet and funny book full of memories of childhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Zink | 10/3/2013

    " This is a short memoir of the author's tenth and eleventh year. It was amusing and well written but not too significant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 9/13/2013

    " This an autobiography of one year (1942) out of Charles Osgood's life. Not as informative as the Alan Alda bio I read early this summer but a more fun. A nice fun quick read but an acquired taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyle | 8/3/2013

    " Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adam | 4/27/2013

    " Mostly, this book consisted of Charles Osgood lamenting the degraded state of the American child today, unlike when he was a young patriot during World War II. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 3/27/2013

    " Listened to CD from the library. Very short. Mostly interesting as to his experiences during WWII that coincided with that of my parents. Very lightweight memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 7/30/2012

    " Nostalgic look back at the WWII years from the eyes of a 9 year old boy. Osgood is a better reader than he is a writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 5/10/2012

    " A nice picture of like as a nine year old during the WWII in Baltimore "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 3/15/2012

    " This was a really cute book by Charles Osgood. He is the same age as my parents, and since I'm writing their personal histories, it helped me remember questions to ask them. I would recommend listening to this, as I enjoy the Osgood Files. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Hein | 3/11/2012

    " Another book on tape from a long car ride-read aloud by the author. Just OK-fun for the nostalgia, although a little before my time. Would be a light, breezy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cin | 2/23/2012

    " Nice Easy Read. Very enjoyable. Life through the eyes of a young child set during WWII. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia T. | 11/29/2011

    " CBS newscaster Charles Osgood serves up a slice of life from 1942, his view of World War II from the home front, when he planted a victory garden, rooted for the Orioles, and was nine years old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/21/2010

    " Some of the stories were endearing, but the "kids today" complaints throughout the book became tiresome very quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/5/2010

    " Another book on tape from a long car ride-read aloud by the author. Just OK-fun for the nostalgia, although a little before my time. Would be a light, breezy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 6/10/2010

    " This is a delightful little book! This book gives us a nostalgic look at the WWII era through the eyes of a child. I laughed out loud at some of his childhood antics. I would recomend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 12/30/2009

    " CBS newscaster Charles Osgood serves up a slice of life from 1942, his view of World War II from the home front, when he planted a victory garden, rooted for the Orioles, and was nine years old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cin | 7/25/2009

    " Nice Easy Read. Very enjoyable. Life through the eyes of a young child set during WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raymond | 7/25/2009

    " "Defending Baltimore…" is a touching, tickling boyhood account with the whimsy of which Charles Osgood is a master and with the fine style for which he is noted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyle | 11/19/2008

    " Nostalgia just ain't what it used to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 8/18/2008

    " This was a really cute book by Charles Osgood. He is the same age as my parents, and since I'm writing their personal histories, it helped me remember questions to ask them. I would recommend listening to this, as I enjoy the Osgood Files. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adam | 7/6/2008

    " Mostly, this book consisted of Charles Osgood lamenting the degraded state of the American child today, unlike when he was a young patriot during World War II. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 3/24/2008

    " Listened to CD from the library. Very short. Mostly interesting as to his experiences during WWII that coincided with that of my parents. Very lightweight memoir. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/27/2007

    " Some of the stories were endearing, but the "kids today" complaints throughout the book became tiresome very quickly. "

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About the Author

Charles Osgood writes and anchors The Osgood File four times daily over the CBS Radio Network, and anchors CBS News Sunday Morning. He was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1990 and has won numerous awards and honors, including three Emmys and three Peabodys. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Jean. They have five children.