Previously published as Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power.
A riveting play-by-play of a reporter getting and defending a story that recalls All the President's Men, Truth puts listeners in the center of the 60 Minutes II story on George W. Bush's shirking of his National Guard duty. The firestorm that followed that broadcast - a conflagration that was carefully sparked by the right and fanned by bloggers - trashed Mapes' well-respected 25-year producing career, caused newsman Dan Rather to resign from his anchor chair early, and led to an unprecedented "internal inquiry" into the story...chaired by former Reagan attorney general Richard Thornburgh.
Truth examines Bush's political roots as governor of Texas, delves into what is known about his National Guard duty - or lack of service - and sheds light on the solidity of the documents that backed up the National Guard story, even including images of the actual documents in an appendix to the book. It is peopled with a colorful cast of characters - from Karl Rove to Sumner Redstone - and moves from small-town Texas to Black Rock - CBS corporate headquarters - in New York City. Truth connects the dots between a corporation under fire from the federal government and the decision about what kinds of stories a news network may cover. It draws a line from reporting in the trenches to the gutting of the great American tradition of an independent media and asks whether it's possible to break important stories on a powerful sitting president.
©2005 Mary Mapes (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
I read the book in 2005. With the story in the news again I decided to listen this time. Was pleased it was read by the author. That ratcheted up the drama considerably. MM is really quite funny, amazingly grounded and self effacing. This incident happened barely ten years ago, it certainly foretold a wickedly vile new direction for investigative journalism. Recommended!
The detailed investigations of how the witch hunt was effected.
Not sure. Will get back to this question.
Perfect. Great speak voice. I hope to hear more of her narrations.
Truth: the Press, and Privilege of Power
A must listen.
As narrated by the author, the performance is top notch. The book and its narrative, however, if handled as deftly as Woodward and Bernstein handled their experience, could have become a landmark piece of journalism. Instead, its full of finger pointing and self-mythologizing.
I could have listened to it in one sitting but divided it into two.
See the movie instead, there's still some bias there but objectivity wins out.
"Infuriating (and I mean that as a compliment)"
This is a fantastic book but it will make you feel very, very angry. I recall when this story broke and I believed in the story at the time but wasn't sure about the fuss regarding he documents.
Listening to the inside story is fascinating but infuriating. Dan Rather and Mary Mapes were scapegoated horrendously for merely telling truth to power.
In addition, Mary Mapes narration is fantastic. Her voice is simply wonderful and frankly, I think audible should recruit her to do a few more audiobooks- I could listen to her beautiful voice forever.
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