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Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News | [Dan Rather, Digby Diehl (contributor)]

Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

Rather - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.
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This memoir by Dan Rather - one of the most pre-eminent journalists of our time - is told in a straightforward and conversational manner. Rather, - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.

Also included are Dan's thoughts and reflections on the state of journalism today and what he sees for its future, as well as never-before-revealed personal observations and commentary.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Dan Rather (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    suewatson FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA, United States 06-23-13
    suewatson FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Really enjoyed this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Rather Outspoken the most enjoyable?

    The book is a series of stories with such relevance to todays world, and todays news.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved this historical perspective he gave of news events over the past 30+ years, especially his take on the presidents.


    What does Dan Rather bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is believable and sincere


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The lawsuit with CBS. His perspective on the intrusion of corporations into the newsroom is a sad commentary.


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    Elizabeth Pitts San Antonio, TX 05-31-13
    Elizabeth Pitts San Antonio, TX 05-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    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.

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    Sam Motes Tampa 02-21-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 02-21-13 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Rather good listen"

    Much of the book focuses on the unceremonious ouster of Rather from CBS after what he called undue influence from the Bush administration after damning reports on Bush and his cabinet. The book also does a good job of giving Rather's formative years of building his career as well as his second act with HD Net thanks to Mark Cuban. Rather gives great personal memories into the major events of history from someone in a front row seat to the events that changed our world.

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    Amanda 01-14-13
    Amanda 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Best book I've gotten in a long time...EXCELLENT!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rather Outspoken to be better than the print version?

    Yes, hearing him tell his story tunes you in to the real emotion behind it all.


    Any additional comments?

    I have great admiration for Dan Rather. It's never easy to go against the popular opinion but sometimes it is necessary. Dan is an excellent example of how to do that with grace and dignity.
    I wanted to give him a standing ovation a the end of this book!!!

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    Ntropi Bay Area, CA, USA 01-08-13
    Ntropi Bay Area, CA, USA 01-08-13
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    "Just like a conversation with Dan Rather"

    As one might expect, listening to hours of Mr. Rather speaking is quite enjoyable, especially when you grew up listening to him in the evenings. I'm glad he read his book because it added emotion to the places he intended there to be emphasis. I always respected him as a journalist and now I know why one should respect what he does as his career. As humble as he is to describe his accomplishments, I know they were not subtle contributions. I was aware of his departure from the evening news and always felt like he was used as a scapegoat. It was the country's loss when he was replaced by people who do not understand how to communicate as well as he does.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about many of the major events that Mr. Rather reported about in the last fifty years. I was alive for some of them and recall them with my own perspectives as he recounts his. For the events I do not remember or have not already studied, I appreciate his in depth descriptions of what was happening at that time. He is a true journalist, an honorable person, and a pleasure to listen to.

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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 01-07-13
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "informative"

    The foundations of journalism- objectivity, balance etc are GONE. Poor Dan was thrown under the bus when the new guard took over. This book mostly deals with the days before the tyranny of the minority blogged all semblance of reason out of the news business. This shook him to his core and you can hear the bewilderment in his voice when he talks about it.

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    Annette M Long 09-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story from a great man."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rather Outspoken to be better than the print version?

    Yes. More personal.


    What other book might you compare Rather Outspoken to and why?

    I can't think of any other book I've read that reminds of his remarkable story.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to his story very much.

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    Peter 08-28-12
    Peter 08-28-12
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    "Dan Rather's view from inside the news"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rather Outspoken to be better than the print version?

    The audio version offers a sense of directness and authenticity by hearing Dan's voice narrate his own story and views about the growth and evolution of news coverage in his life as well as his emotional reaction to the events he witnessed and reported. The chapter on 9/11 is especially moving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the frankness and direct approach taken when dealing with personally moving events he witnessed first hand or when he had to tackle the CBS brass.


    What about Dan Rather’s performance did you like?

    Dan Rather has read news for many years and he does it very well - especially when he has scripted it himself. It just rings true, which I am sure it is.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The book is best heard chapter by chapter to allow the listener to digest each stage in Dan's saga. I did want to soar ahead but forced myself to reflect.


    Any additional comments?

    There are moments of preaching but these are forgiven as they stem from a deeply felt desire to maintain a sense of news reported by and for people who care about truth in news and reject the predigested news we see so often.

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    John Decatur, Illinois, United States 07-31-12
    John Decatur, Illinois, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012

    John O'Rourke

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    "Rather Unspoken, A Positive Review"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Rather and Digby Diehl (contributor) ? Why or why not?

    Yes Most Certainly.


    Which character – as performed by Dan Rather – was your favorite?

    Dan Rather's performance was authentic and sincere.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good read and I recommend it.

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    Eileen Charlotte, NC, United States 07-28-12
    Eileen Charlotte, NC, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2007
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    "The Other Side of the Story"

    Mr. Rather has had a very interesting career; he has covered a lot of news in a lot of places. This book recounts some of those experiences (good and bad).

    His experiences as a journalist make him uniquely qualified to set the record straight about the event that ended his career at CBS. Mr. Rather lays out, in detail, the story and the story behind the story. He very astutely points out that the real story of George W Bush's military service (and the lies that surround it) got lost in the smokescreen Bush operatives initiated about the documents. If the facts aren't in your favor, divert people's attention with garbage! If anyone has any doubt about the influence of political parties and people in power on a free press, this book and the attack ads in the current presidential campaign will erase those doubts.

    Hearing the story in Mr. Rather's own voice also adds interest to the story.

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