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Author: John Dickerson Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 11, 2018 ISBN: 9781508268796
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Before Barbara Walters, before Katie Couric, there was Nancy Dickerson. The first female member of the Washington TV news corps, Nancy was the only woman covering many of the most iconic events of the sixties. She was the first reporter to speak to President Kennedy after his inauguration and she was on the Mall with Martin Luther King Jr. during the march on Washington; she had dinner with LBJ the night after Kennedy was assassinated and got late-night calls from President Nixon. Ambitious, beautiful, and smart, she dated senators and congressmen and got advice and accolades from Edward R. Murrow. She was one of President Johnson's favorite reporters, and he often greeted her on-camera with a familiar "Hello, Nancy." In the '60s Nancy and her husband Wyatt Dickerson were Washington's golden couple, and the capital's power brokers coveted invitations to swank dinners at their estate on the Potomac.

Growing up in the shadow of Nancy's fame, John Dickerson rarely saw his mother. This frank memoir—part remembrance, part discovery—describes a freewheeling childhood in which Nancy Dickerson was rarely around unless John was in trouble or she was throwing a party for the president and John was instructed to check the coats. By the time John was old enough to know what the news was, his mother was no longer in the national spotlight and he didn't see why she should be. He thought she was a liar and a phony. When he was fourteen, his parents divorced, and he moved in with his father.

As an adult, John found himself in Washington, a reporter covering her old beat. A long-delayed connection between mother and son began, only to be cut short by Nancy's death in 1997. In her journals, letters, and yellowed newspaper clippings, John discovered the woman he never knew—an icon in television history whose achievement was the result of her relentless determination to reinvent herself and excel. On Her Trail is a fascinating picture of the early days of television and of Washington society at its most high-powered, and charts a son's honest and wry search for the mother he came to admire and love. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling and nuanced portrait…There are plenty of details in Dickerson’s book to interest Kennedy watchers. . . . But most of all, the book is rich with details about the political and the powerful in the ’60s and ’70s as television news came of age.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Beautifully observed and richly reported.”

    Peggy Noonan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Riveting…You cannot turn your eyes away.”

    Washington Post

  • “A memorable portrait of the woman and her career…A unique and authentic view of Nancy Hanschman Dickerson…that will shape future studies of this phenomenal woman.”

    Washington Times

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About the Author

John Dickerson is moderator of Face the Nation and political director of CBS News and a columnist for Slate. In the 2016 election cycle he has interviewed every major candidate and was the chief moderator of CBS News’ Democratic Debate. Dickerson has been a reporter in Washington for almost twenty years covering the White House, Congress, and political campaigns. Before joining Slate, Dickerson was with Time magazine for almost fifteen years. He is a regular guest on PBS’ Washington Week, NPR’s the Diane Rehm Show, and the Charlie Rose show. He has also written for the New York Times and Washington Post. A native Washingtonian, he graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia.

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.