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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norman Pearlstine Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781400174812
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In this hard-hitting inside story, Norman Pearlstine shows that confidentiality has become a weapon in the White House's war on the press. Pearlstine calls on Congress to pass a federal shield law protecting journalists from the needless intrusions of government; at the same time, he calls on the press to name its sources whenever possible. Off the Record is a powerful argument, with the vividness and narrative drive of the best long-form journalism. Download and start listening now!

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  • “This is a vital look at press responsibility in monitoring the government and itself.”

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 6/10/2012

    " This was really hard to get through. I couldn't finish it. It was two years ago, but it was pretty dry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lobstergirl | 7/23/2011

    " Among other things, Pearlstine opines about Patrick Fitzgerald and the CIA leak investigation. The book is most notable for the email exchange between Patrick Fitzgerald and Matthew Cooper's lawyer about Cooper's nudity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/13/2011

    " Much more interesting and enlightening than I expected. This well-placed journalist offers educational insight into the intricacies of dealing with sources. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 2/27/2010

    " This was really hard to get through. I couldn't finish it. It was two years ago, but it was pretty dry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lobstergirl | 1/15/2009

    " Among other things, Pearlstine opines about Patrick Fitzgerald and the CIA leak investigation. The book is most notable for the email exchange between Patrick Fitzgerald and Matthew Cooper's lawyer about Cooper's nudity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 12/4/2007

    " For a lawyer and journalist and editor, Norm churns out a pretty sludgelike product covering all those bases.

    The author photo chills me. He and Steve Forbes could form The Duo of Unnatural Creepy Smiling. "

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About the Author

Norman Pearlstine, editor in chief of Time Inc. from 1995 to 2005, was previously the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. He trained as a lawyer before making journalism his career, and he is now a senior adviser to the Carlyle Group. He lives in Manhattan.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.