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Bob Schieffer's America /
Bob Schieffer.
imprint
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008.
description
xxiii, 278 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
039915518X, 9780399155185
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008.
isbn
039915518X
9780399155185
contents note
How Washington works--and doesn't -- Vote for--never mind -- The best politicians money can buy -- Hail to the Chief -- Life, liberty and the pursuit of news -- War and peace -- Seasons -- Who we are -- Human interests -- The lives we led -- The unthinkable -- Heroes.
general note
Collection of commentaries: Schieffer's "Final thoughts," with which he closed his broadcast on Face the nation, beginning in 1994.
catalogue key
6650887
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-05-01:
Face the Nation anchor Schieffer, who's been closing his program with a commentary since Nixon's death in 1994, here offers 168 of his best comments. With a national tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2008-08-11:
Veteran CBS newsman and Frontline anchor Schieffer (This Just In) compiles 168 essays spanning his career from the Nixon administration to the present day. He reminisces about the pretelevision era when politicians "had to be entertaining to hold a crowd"; with tongue-in-cheek rhetoric, the author creates his own exploratory committee because "everyone else seems to be doing it.... and people for some reason send them million of dollars." In a critique of the current administration, Schieffer laments that "we had elected an administration that feared the future." The hypocrisy of American foreign policy is brought to the forefront in a discussion about democracy, war and the loss of humanity in politics. As an ardent fan of human interest journalism, comic personal writing and America, Schieffer portrays citizens optimistically while harshly criticizing the current policies in Washington. Schieffer's ruminations are appealing (though hardly groundbreaking), but a choppy organization and a tendency toward repetition and overemphasis on a few themes detract from an otherwise humorous, albeit simple, collection of essays. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Summaries
Main Description
Wise, rueful, candid, graceful commentaries from one of journalism’s most stylish and respected writers. With his critically acclaimed bestselling memoir, This Just In, Bob Schieffer proved a natural storyteller, a gifted writer able to capture current affairs, television news—and himself—with remarkable wit and insight. It is a gift he has also been able to bring to his awardwinning commentaries for Face the Nation. No one had done commentaries for CBS since Eric Sevareid’s retirement in 1977, when, in April 1994, Schieffer decided his show that week on the death of Richard Nixon needed a few closing words to put the subject into context. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, and he has been doing them ever since. Bob Schieffer’s Americabrings together 168 of his best essays, pieces that cover a broad range: from the hard issues of today to the human stories that show us who we are; from politics and presidents and tragedy to the things that touch us, make us laugh, or reveal the small shifts in our culture that sometimes just creep up on us. Smart, humorous, commonsensical, pitch-perfect—sometimes bitingly critical and plainspoken, other times suffused with wonder or delight—these essays speak to us all. My objective,” says Schieffer, has never been to convert someone to my way of thinking, but merely to provoke thought, to explain a complicated subject, or to call attention to a human foible. The greatest compliment to me is not when viewers write to say they agree with my conclusion, but when they say, ‘I really never thought of it that way before.’” In addition to these outstanding essays, Schieffer has written a wealth of brand-new material—commentaries on my commentaries”—that run throughout the book, offering further anecdotes, reflections, updates, and insights. In all, it is as Jim Lehrer described This Just In: A delight, a joy—a treasure.”
Main Description
Wise, rueful, candid, graceful commentaries from one of journalism’s most stylish and respected writers. With his critically acclaimed bestselling memoir, This Just In, Bob Schieffer proved a natural storyteller, a gifted writer able to capture current affairs, television news—and himself—with remarkable wit and insight. It is a gift he has also been able to bring to his awardwinning commentaries for Face the Nation. No one had done commentaries for CBS since Eric Sevareid’s retirement in 1977, when, in April 1994, Schieffer decided his show that week on the death of Richard Nixon needed a few closing words to put the subject into context. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, and he has been doing them ever since. Bob Schieffer’s Americabrings together 168 of his best essays, pieces that cover a broad range: from the hard issues of today to the human stories that show us who we are; from politics and presidents and tragedy to the things that touch us, make us laugh, or reveal the small shifts in our culture that sometimes just creep up on us. Smart, humorous, commonsensical, pitch-perfect—sometimes bitingly critical and plainspoken, other times suffused with wonder or delight—these essays speak to us all. “My objective,” says Schieffer, “has never been to convert someone to my way of thinking, but merely to provoke thought, to explain a complicated subject, or to call attention to a human foible. The greatest compliment to me is not when viewers write to say they agree with my conclusion, but when they say, ‘I really never thought of it that way before.’” In addition to these outstanding essays, Schieffer has written a wealth of brand-new material—“commentaries on my commentaries”—that run throughout the book, offering further anecdotes, reflections, updates, and insights. In all, it is as Jim Lehrer described This Just In: “A delight, a joy—a treasure.”
Table of Contents
How Washington Works - and Doesn'tp. 1
Vote For...Never Mindp. 27
The Best Politicians Money Can Buyp. 49
Hail to the Chiefp. 65
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Newsp. 91
War and Peacep. 115
Seasonsp. 145
Who We Arep. 165
Human Interestsp. 197
The Lives We Ledp. 215
The Unthinkablep. 233
Afterwordp. 269
Acknowledgementsp. 277
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