The Murrow Boys by Stanley W. Cloud
Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism

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In 1937, as World War II loomed, the task of forming a European news staff to cover the coming conflict for CBS radio fell to Edward R. Murrow. At a time when broadcast news was in its infancy, Murrow trained the talented and daring group of foreign correspondents - ten men and one woman - who came to be known as the Murrow Boys. As the war developed, these young pioneers of radio news had to teach themselves the business, and in the process they invented broadcast journalism. They won the admiration of the nation for their superb, often heroic coverage of the war and the postwar years. But in the decades after World War II the Murrow Boys, and the form of journalism they practiced, fell victim to corporate pressures. By the end of their careers, they would see the Murrow tradition give way to the commercialism and sensationalism associated with broadcast news today. The Murrow Boys - a dramatic narrative that vividly portrays, in addition to Murrow, such giants of journalism as Eric S
 

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Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud are coauthors of The Murrow Boys,"" a biography of the correspondents whom Edward R. Murrow hired before and during World War II to create CBS News. Olson is the author of Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970. Cloud, a former Washington bureau chief for "Time," was also a national political correspondent, White House correspondent, Saigon bureau chief, and Moscow correspondent for "Time," Olson was a Moscow correspondent for the Associated Press and White House correspondent for the "Baltimore Sun," She and Cloud are married and live in Washington, D.C. "From the Hardcover edition. Writer Lynne Olson graduated from the University of Arizona and began her career with the Associated Press in 1971. She was its first woman correspondent in Moscow from 1974 to 1976. She also worked as a reporter on national politics for the Baltimore Sun before becoming a freelance writer in 1981. Olson has contributed to publications including the Washington Post, American Heritage, Smithsonian, Working Woman, Ms., Elle, and Glamour. She taught journalism at American University in Washington for five years and has published several books of history.
 
Published November 2, 2009 by Mariner Books. 445 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, War, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The authors show that these new radio journalists played an important role in shaping American public opinion about the war: Despite the emphasis by CBS bureaucrats on ``objectivity,'' the Murrow group engaged in more than a simple presentation of facts, ranging from the overt editorializing of S...

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In 1937, Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) was dispatched to Europe by CBS Radio as its European representative. Although the job consisted of finding entertainment for the radio, world events would soon i

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In 1937, Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) was dispatched to Europe by CBS Radio as its European representative. Although the job consisted of finding entertainment for the radio, world events would soon i

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intrigued me but also brought to mind a book I'd not thought about in years - called The Curve of Time, it was discovered after the writer's death and published by friends and/or family, but what an incredible story - the writer takes her children on a summer boat trip after her husband passes aw...

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