Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley

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26 Critic Reviews

Still, the best portrait of Cronkite—that legendary journalist, certainly worthy of a big biography—that we have.
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Synopsis

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.

 

About Douglas Brinkley

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Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him "America's new past master," and six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His recent The Wilderness Warrior won the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature and the National Outdoor Book Award. The Great Deluge, his account of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.
 
Published May 29, 2012 by Harper. 1459 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Cronkite
All: 26 | Positive: 24 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 15 2012

Still, the best portrait of Cronkite—that legendary journalist, certainly worthy of a big biography—that we have.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Chris Matthews on Jul 06 2012

“Cronkite” is evidence that a job can be done just about perfectly. That goes for the man and this exceptional biography.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Ron Kaplan on Jun 15 2012

Anyone who grew up watching “Uncle Walter” on TV will appreciate Brinkley’s thorough biography of a broadcasting legend.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Wendy Smith on Jun 24 2012

The biography of longtime CBS anchor Walter Cronkite covers all the bases but includes jarring editorial outbursts.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert MacNeil on Sep 07 2012

For anyone interested in the evolution and power of broadcast news, this book is a tremendous read, minutely documenting TV journalism’s most remarkable phenomenon, Walter Cronkite.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Philip Seib on Jun 08 2012

In Cronkite, Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley (no relation to former NBC newsman David Brinkley) presents a thorough, although clumsily written, portrait of Cronkite and his times.

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The Boston Globe

Excellent
Reviewed by James Rosen on Jul 01 2012

“Cronkite’’ brims with funny and telling anecdotes about this larger-than-life figure who helped shape the Information Age. 

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The Daily Beast

Excellent
Reviewed by The Daily Beast on May 21 2012

The book, written with the cooperation of Cronkite and his family, recounts the remarkable career for which he is justly revered.

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Boston.com

Excellent
Reviewed by James Rosen on Jul 01 2012

“Cronkite’’ brims with funny and telling anecdotes about this larger-than-life figure who helped shape the Information Age.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon on Jun 25 2012

Epic, intimate, and masterfully written, Cronkite is the much-anticipated biography of an extraordinary American life, told by one of our most brilliant and respected historians.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Bob Minzesheimer on May 25 2012

Brinkley's book traces Cronkite's roots as a radio sports announcer in Kansas City and World War II wire service reporter who went on bombing missions over Germany.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by BILL MILLSAPS on Jul 08 2012

Brinkley's "Cronkite" is meticulously reported and sourced and is alternately admiring and critical.

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My San Antonio

Excellent
Reviewed by David Hendricks on Jun 04 2012

In short, Brinkley's absorbing biography is a story to treasure.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Andy Lewis on Jun 08 2012

 Most marvelously, he reveals the anchor's unexpected friendships with people like Andy Warhol, Hunter S. Thompson and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

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Las Vegas Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Chuck Twardy on Jun 27 2012

...Brinkley chronicles a tension in Cronkite’s character that colors the journalism his generation gave us, between the noble practice of “objective” journalism and the hollow performance of simulated “events.”

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Biographile

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Muscollno on Jun 11 2012

If you aren't careful, reading Brinkley's "Cronkite" might stir within you a wrenching nostalgia. 

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New York Sun

Excellent
Reviewed by CONRAD BLACK, on Jul 18 2012

Douglas Brinkley’s biography of Walter Cronkite tells you all any sane person would want to know about the subject, and tells it fluently and with rigorous attachment to sources.

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Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

Below average
Reviewed by Brig on Jun 26 2012

This book is NOT recommended for anyone who doesn’t have the patience to wade through poorly proofed material.

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The National Interest

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert W. Merry on Jul 12 2012

Douglas Brinkley’s new biography of Walter Cronkite has sparked an intriguing controversy about the CBS anchorman’s famous trip to Vietnam in February 1968.

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The Pitch News

Excellent
Reviewed by Dan Lybarger on Jun 04 2012

Brinkley assembled Cronkite by interviewing all three of Cronkite's children and by digging through the newsman's papers at the University of Texas...

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The Backstage Beat

Excellent
Reviewed by Wilson Trivino on Jun 01 2012

A good read for fans or those who want to learn more about this gentleman from Middle America.

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CT

Good
Reviewed by Christopher Arnott on Jul 25 2012

The real achievement here is restoring the reputation of the old-school world of newsgathering in an era when scoops come via Twitter.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Chris Matthews on Jul 06 2012

“Cronkite” is evidence that a job can be done just about perfectly. That goes for the man and this exceptional biography.

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Cozy Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Cozy Librarian on Jun 27 2012

Cronkite is over 800 pages, heavy enough to serve as a doorstop, but well worth the time it takes to read and absorb it.

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By the Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Hubert O'Hearn on Aug 15 2012

One could go on with many, many stories in this engrossing biography. It really should be read by every journalist in every medium, then memorized and used as the template for a career.

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A Jazz Listener's Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by A Jazz Listener's Thoughts on Jun 11 2012

For those of us born in the 50s and raised in the tumultuous 60s, the book reads like an itinerary of our own lives and memories just as it was narrated by our own "Uncle Walter." 

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