Brinkley's Beat by David Brinkley
People, Places, and Events That Shaped My Time

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From one of America’s most revered journalists–a richly entertaining roundup of the extraordinary individuals with whom he crossed paths in our nation’s capital and of the events that marked the twentieth century.

Here are firsthand profiles of Washington insiders that only an insider himself could have given us: Franklin D. Roosevelt counting out enough cigarettes to get through a half-hour debriefing with the press; May Craig, the first female reporter to penetrate Roosevelt’s inner sanctum, who never failed to remind the president that his wife was a newspaper writer, too; Theodore Bilbo, a Mississippi senator and race baiter who effectively became mayor of Washington at a time when it was a segregated provincial town; Jimmy Hoffa, the popular and ill-fated union leader; Lyndon Johnson, whom Brinkley describes as the most impressive and appalling figure he encountered; and Ronald Reagan, whom he found to be the most mysterious of the eleven presidents he covered. Here is also Brinkley’s account of President Kennedy’s assassination and a poignant remembrance of D-day.

David Brinkley was there and saw it all. In the “sour-lovable manner” (Mark Feeney, Boston Globe) of storytelling that he perfected, and in a narrative style that is both “hilarious and instructive” (George Will), Brinkley’s Beat gives us his vivid recollections and the intelligence, acuity, and clear-sightedness on which his unimpeachable reputation rested for more than half a century.


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About David Brinkley

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David Brinkley was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and educated at the University of North Carolina and at Vanderbilt University. After his army service in World War II, he worked for United Press and then joined NBC, where he launched The Huntley-Brinkley Report with Chet Huntley in 1956. He was also co-anchor of the NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor and hosted ABC’s This Week with David Brinkley. He has been the recipient of ten Emmy Awards and three George Foster Peabody Awards. He died in June, 2003.
 
Published November 4, 2003 by Knopf. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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in the place of bragging about scoops and discoveries, we have Brinkley's self-effacing recollections of missed stories, as when he ignored the efforts of an anticigarette group active decades before the surgeon general's report.

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Brinkley brings his bracing wit and journalistic acumen to this selection of his brief closing commentaries delivered over the last 15 years of his Sunday morning ABC-TV news program, This Week with David Brinkley.

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He gives his crusty opinion of both political parties: ``I find one to be about as bad as the other and both pretty bad.'' The only thing that mars this work is Brinkley's diatribe against taxes, which comes off as the ramblings of a grump.

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Television newsman Brinkley's look back on his career spent 11 weeks on PW's bestseller list.

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The sketches are purposely brief, verging on perfunctory: Brinkley consciously keeps his remarks on the surface, so only some of the sketches have compelling insights to offer.

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Brinkley applies the description of "most impressive and, in some ways, the most appalling" to President Johnson, who snubbed Brinkley and ordered his phones tapped after the commentator said U.S. involvement in Vietnam was pointless.

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