Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts Audiobook, by David E. McCraw Play Audiobook Sample

Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts Audiobook

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Read By: Stephen Graybill, David E. McCraw Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781250318503

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Longest Chapter Length:

64:05 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

34 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

33:27 minutes

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Publisher Description

David E. McCraw recounts his experiences as the top newsroom lawyer for the New York Times during the most turbulent era for journalism in generations.

In October 2016, when Donald Trump’s lawyer demanded that the New York Times retract an article focused on two women that accused Trump of touching them inappropriately, David McCraw’s scathing letter of refusal went viral and he became a hero of press freedom everywhere. But as you will see in Truth in Our Times, for the top newsroom lawyer at the paper of record, it was just another day at the office.

McCraw has worked at the Times since 2002, leading the paper’s fight for freedom of information, defending it against libel suits, and providing legal counsel to the reporters breaking the biggest stories of the year. In short: if you’ve read a controversial story in the paper since the Bush administration, it went across his desk first. From Chelsea Manning’s leaks to Trump’s tax returns, McCraw is at the center of the paper’s decisions about what news is fit to print.

In Truth in Our Times, McCraw recounts the hard legal decisions behind the most impactful stories of the last decade with candor and style. The book is simultaneously a rare peek behind the curtain of the celebrated organization, a love letter to freedom of the press, and a decisive rebuttal of Trump’s fake news slur through a series of hard cases. It is an absolute must-have for any dedicated reader of  the New York Times.

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“Everyone in the business knows that David McCraw is the best friend a reporter can have. Brilliant, steadfast, and brave, he has made some of the best journalism done in my lifetime better, and, most importantly, possible.”

— Lowell Bergman, Pulitzer Prize winner and distinguished chair in investigative reporting, University of California 


  • “Through stories involving the toughest calls in journalism, he gives us an entertaining civics lesson in the First Amendment, deepening our understanding of how press freedoms have enriched our democracy.”

    — New York Law Journal
  • “Discusses the wonders of the First Amendment and how we must protect it…A passionate, important defense of the First Amendment and its absolute necessity in a democracy.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Arguably the best twenty-five behind-the-scenes stories from the New York Times newsroom since 9/11. Inarguably better than law school. To read about David McCraw’s legal work is largely to envy his career.”

    — David G. Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A #1 Amazon bestseller

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About David E. McCraw

David McCraw is Deputy General Counsel at The New York Times Company, where he has worked since 2002. He provides legal counsel to the Times newsroom on such issues as libel, freedom of information, access to the courts, litigation and news gathering. Previously, he was Deputy General Counsel of The New York Daily News. He conducts workshops and performs pro bono work regarding press freedom and freedom of information around the world, and is an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law.

About Stephen Graybill

Stephen Graybill is an actor, producer, and award-winning voice-over artist. He was seen on television in The Girls Guide to Depravity, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order, and HBO’s The Wire. He has also acted on stage and done voice-overs for commercials, winning both a Gold Clio Award and a Silver Effie Award. He has also worked on over fifty audiobooks, including Jesus Swagger by Jarrid Wilson.