A timely, important work by one of the most talented and dedicated journalists of our time, this is an excellent memoir, as well as a clarion call for anyone concerned with the state of journalism today.
Dan Rather has been a household name for many years now, but nevertheless I hadn't realized the depth and breadth of his work. What a life, what a legacy. Rather took his cue in part from the legendary "Murrow Boys," and it shows.
Rather details his time at CBS, including his eventual departure, as well as coverage of Abu Ghraib, Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard, the civil rights movement, and years of reportage from war zones across the globe, and interweaves his views on journalism in general and the importance of a robust free press in particular.
Throughout the book, Rather's integrity, fierce dedication and drive to report the news, to tell people what they need to know, as an agent of the public interest, shine through. His narration of the audio book is excellent; it's his story, and he conveys the narrative and the emotion of the events well, in his distinctive "Dan Rather, CBS News," voice.
This excellent book is the result of a life well lived, and should be read far and wide.
I would absolutely recommend it, and I have. Like so many reviewers have mentioned, Colin Firth's performance of this work is stellar, and complements the novel itself well. His reading is powerful and evocative, and really captures the nuance and lyricism of the work.
This is the first Graham Greene novel I've read, and I absolutely loved it.
Even though it's set in pre-war, wartime and post-war London, from around 1939 to 1946, its themes and the struggles of its all too human characters are timeless. It is a beautiful meditation on love, hate, reason, faith, spirituality and human potential. It's wonderfully written, and I was taken aback more than once by the force of its simply stated truths. I don't know that I fully agree with everything Greene seems to be saying in the work, but I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless.
Colin Firth's narration is extremely evocative, without being at all overwrought. His performance is nigh perfect, and contributes to the lyricism and power of the book.
No. Even though it's a short work, and I really enjoyed it--in fact, because I really enjoyed it--I wanted to take the time required to really take it in and appreciate it. I listened over a period of about three days.
I'll be reading more Graham Greene, and I would listen to anything else Colin Firth narrated as well.
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