Let me start by agreeing with the that Murrow was one of a kind, arriving at a time that allowed his type of reportage and innovation,
neither of which would have flowered in today's media.
I found this book of great interest and it managed to whet my appetite for more. There can be no doubt from the book of the author's negative view of today's media, but this is limited to the last half-hour or so. I would have preferred a longer book that went
into more detail, including more on his life before radio, but generally I can heartily recommend this book on a man of more parts than I realized. Some of Murrow's work is included, from old recordings, and this too is a bonus, though again I would have wished for more examples-if they exist!
There have been a number of books about military mistakes, some good some bad. This falls into the latter category. A book called "days of infamy" that doesn't even cover the mistakes of Pearl Harbor (the original "day of infamy"? That talks of Versailles, but fails to detail the blunder of Appeasement (which undermined the treaty)?
That fails to record the Battle of France, together with "Sitzkrieg"
as great errors? That goes into detail about Hitler's declaration of war against the US as a major error (when it is clear that the US would have found a pretext (after Pearl Harbor to soon declare war on Germany) while missing the turning point of WW2, the invasion of Russia, underestimating the Russian will to resist and the Russian winter? These are all signs of poor understanding. Add to this numerous factual errors (eg Bismark was sunk in the Atlantic , not in
a fjord, and the Munich agreement was prior to the occupation of the Sudetenland) and you have (especially in the case of WW2) a poor result. Add also things that cannot be reasonably described as Military Blunders (eg the assassination of Franz Ferdinand) and an exagerrated breathless writing style (heavy use of phrases like
"little did they know they were sailing to their doom") and it spells literary disaster. A further point, names are mispronounced eg
the ship Graf Spee is pronounced Spay rather than rhyming with bee
and French city names are also mispronounced.
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