"And that's the way it is." - Walter Cronkite
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute. And they can do so while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.
The rise of cable media in the 21st century has seen news programming become more opinionated and partisan than ever before. It has led many nostalgic Americans to yearn for the news programs of earlier times, with the seemingly objective anchor just giving viewers the facts. While that bygone era is no doubt idealized and romanticized to a certain degree beyond what it actually was, nobody epitomizes that era like Walter Cronkite, America's most famous news anchor.
Still a household name today, decades after he went off air, Cronkite is still remembered as the kind of trustworthy broadcaster whose reports could be taken as truth. His outsized influence on the American viewing public is best remembered in one of the more memorable anecdotes of Cronkite's career, which came during the Vietnam War when he opined near the end of one broadcast, "But it is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could".
What did you love best about American Legends: The Life of Walter Cronkite?
Having grown up with "Uncle Walter" on our family TV, I was interested in knowing more about him as a person. I did not want to buy a thick heavy book, but wanted something I could listen to easily. This fit the bill.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The narrator does an amazing job of sounding just like Walter Cronkite. He was also very pleasant to listen to in his regular voice.
Any additional comments?
If you are a "baby boomer," I'm sure that this audiobook will remind you of how good TV news was when men like Cronkite were real journalists, and not just personalities. Buy this to enjoy around the house or on your daily commute. You'll enjoy it!
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