Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor Walter Cronkite.
An acclaimed author and historian, Brinkley has drawn upon recently disclosed letters, diaries, and other artifacts at the recently opened Cronkite Archive to bring detail and depth to this deeply personal portrait.
He also interviewed nearly two hundred of Cronkite’s closest friends and colleagues, including Andy Rooney, Leslie Stahl, Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, Brian Williams, Les Moonves, Christiane Amanpour, Katie Couric, Bob Schieffer, Ted Turner, Jimmy Buffett, and Morley Safer, using their voices to instill dignity and humanity in this study of one of America’s most beloved and trusted public figures.
Francisco to the gathering press pool and to people on the street. Cronkite’s dear friend from wartime London, Herb Caen, the popular San Francisco Examiner columnist, had a field day linking Goldwater to Hitler. “You can say what you want about Goldwater’s conservatism and right-wing views,” Caen joked, “but personally, I find him as American as apple strudel.” While the Goldwater campaign viewed Cronkite as a Lyndon Johnson reelection stalking horse, the public relations department at CBS
two-and-a-half-hour Special Report for the end of the Vietnam War. Cronkite was slated to anchor the special, but he was home in bed, racked with back pain, a condition that occasionally sidelined him. Stouthearted, he refused to take prescription painkillers or morphia, though he was barely able to move. Time and rest, his physicians advised, but Cronkite was a famously restless man. During the past fifteen years, almost a million Vietcong troops had been killed, a quarter of a million South
moment. At the show’s close, he pointed at President Bush and offered a high note of thanks. “There’s one more honor to be paid tonight,” he said, turning himself to look squarely at the president’s face, “to an individual who has served his country in war and peace for more than a half a century who has joined us again tonight to pay tribute to America’s performing arts. We offer him our respect, our gratitude, and we thank him for service to his country with honor.” President Bush got a
Efron, The News Twisters (Los Angeles: Nash Publishers, 1971), pp. 1–2, 173. 464 the book concluded that 31 percent of the material: Efron, The News Twisters, p. 102. 465 Cronkite was given a clean bill of health: Les Brown, “Study at American University Disputes President on ‘Distorted’ Newscasts,” New York Times, March 26, 1974. 465 “I have watched Nixon spend a morning designing Walter Cronkite’s lead”: John Ehrlichman, Witness to Power: The Nixon Years (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982),
Curtain. He turned native, eating blini for breakfast and drinking vodka at night. With Betsy at his side he visited sights such as Lenin’s mausoleum, the Bolshoi Theatre, and St. Basil’s Cathedral, feeling the riptide of Russian history on every street corner. With UP picking up the tab, the Cronkites spent a long weekend in Leningrad and took a memorable cruise down the Volga. Right out of the gate, Cronkite wrote a colorful piece, full of lighthearted affection, about the differences between