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3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5 3.40 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Edwards Narrator: Bob Edwards Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9781400171361
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"Most Americans living today never heard Ed Murrow in a live broadcast. This book is for them. I want them to know that broadcast journalism was established by someone with the highest standards. Tabloid crime stories, so much a part of the lust for ratings by today's news broadcasters, held no interest for Murrow. He did like Hollywood celebrities, but interviewed them for his entertainment programs; they had no place on his news programs. My book is focused on this life in journalism. I offer it in the hope that more people in and out to the news business will get to know Ed Murrow. Perhaps in time the descent from Murrow's principles can be reversed." -Bob Edwards Long before the era of the news anchor, the pundit, and the mini-cam, one man blazed a trail that thousands would follow. Edwards brings to life the great stories Murrow covered and brought into American living rooms for the first time - the rooftop reports of the London Blitz, bombing raids over Berlin, and the 1954 broadcast that helped bring down Senator Joe McCarthy - as well as the ups and downs of his career at CBS. Edwards reveals how Murrow dramatically impacted public opinion and how the high standards he lived by influenced an entire generation of broadcasters. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Most Americans living today never heard Ed Murrow in a live broadcast. This book is for them I want them to know that broadcast journalism was established by someone with the highest standards…Perhaps in time the descent from Murrow’s principles can be reversed.”

    Bob Edwards

  • “The charismatic career and pioneering efforts of renowned newsman Murrow…Edwards delineates a brief but striking portrait of a ‘driven man,’ a fearless fighter who set such a high standard for himself and others that he became a legend, leaving a lasting impact in newsrooms even after his death in 1965…The book includes excerpts from memorable Murrow broadcasts throughout.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Edwards paints a colorful portrait of pioneer broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow…this succinct and concise biography…offers an introduction to Murrow’s fascinating career and to the history of broadcast journalism.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 11/27/2013

    " Very interesting and great insight to broadcast journalism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/11/2013

    " I learned a great detail about the life of Ed Murrow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 10/28/2013

    " There was a time when television was the "New Media" and Edward R. Murrow was on the scene molding the future of television news. He laid a great foundationa nd Bob Edwards does a great job of telling the story. Too bad the 65 cigarettes a day habit took the life of this pioneer broadcaster. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Myles Osborne | 10/22/2013

    " Hagiography Alert! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 4/14/2013

    " Borderline hagiography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 3/25/2013

    " details make it slow in places, but great way to learn about an awesome historical figure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peregrina651 | 2/17/2013

    " Fascinating. I've ready this one three or four times already. I especially love the closing essay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 10/8/2012

    " I read this a couple weeks before "Good Night and Good Luck" came out without knowing the movie existed. This book is a great supplement to that movie and Murrow was a pretty impressive guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 5/28/2012

    " Read this book after seeing "Good Night, and Good Luck". Well written, but pretty thin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 10/11/2011

    " Most of the book was a review of the highlights of Murrow's career, but Edwards emphasizes Murrow's desire to educate through media. Edwards himself would prefer that news help us learn about both sides of an issue, make us think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 9/17/2011

    " Reads like a 192-page Wikipedia entry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliebd | 9/5/2011

    " Interesting account of a fascinating time in the history of broadcast journalism "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy N | 6/17/2010

    " Interesting guy, during an interesting and changing time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 5/25/2010

    " Good narrative. “He was a shooting star and we shall not see his like again.” "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 3/28/2010

    " What a wonderful book. I loved it. Edward R. Murrow is the great example of independent journalism, untainted from money.
    I loved the Afterword by Bob Edwards. I downloaded it from audible.com. It was great to hear the actual voice recording of Murrow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 10/24/2008

    " I learned a great detail about the life of Ed Murrow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 9/7/2008

    " I read this a couple weeks before "Good Night and Good Luck" came out without knowing the movie existed. This book is a great supplement to that movie and Murrow was a pretty impressive guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 8/19/2008

    " Oh the joy of learning about a quality news reporter - someone of honesty and high standards. Yes, there once were such reporters of the news - people who reported facts and did not belittle others or holler.
    For those interested in real news, this is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 5/25/2008

    " Most of the book was a review of the highlights of Murrow's career, but Edwards emphasizes Murrow's desire to educate through media. Edwards himself would prefer that news help us learn about both sides of an issue, make us think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 2/10/2008

    " details make it slow in places, but great way to learn about an awesome historical figure "

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About the Author

Bob Edwards is the host of The Bob Edwards Show on XM Satellite Radio. From 1979 until 2004, he hosted NPR’s Morning Edition. In 1999, he and the program received a prestigious Peabody Award for “two hours of daily entertainment expertly helmed by a man who embodies the essence of excellence in radio.” Also a recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Edward R. Murrow Award, he is the author of Fridays with Red, which chronicled his radio friendship with legendary sportscaster Red Barber.