Lone Star : The Extraordinary Life and Times of Dan Rather

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-08-18
  • Publisher: Wiley
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"Alan Weisman has come as close as anyone to unraveling one of the big mysteries of the television age: who is the real Dan Rather? Weisman has devoted much time, energy, and talent to that question, and this book is a fascinating read." -Robert Pierpoint, former CBS News correspondent "There is no career in modern television journalism that is more fascinating, complicated, controversial, or accomplished than that of Dan Rather, and there is no one who has focused the attention of colleagues, TV writers, competitors, and, of course, critics to a similar degree over the last twenty-five years. Alan Weisman's lively account of this remarkable life explains why the quest to understand Rather has remained so vital and important." -Verne Gay, television critic, Newsday "This book is an attempt to take a few steps back from Memogate and examine the whole picture - the scope and breadth of Dan Rather's life, career, and times. If he mattered enough to be watched by untold millions of people for fifty years on television, then his story matters enough to be told as fully as possible." -From Lone Star: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Dan Rather

Author Biography

ALAN WEISMAN recently retired from CBS News after working as a writer and producer at the network for more than twenty-five years on news shows including 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. He has also worked for Charlie Rose and for Time Life. Weisman has been interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered and other national media.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Prologue 1(10)
Thanks for the Memories
Never Stay Down and Never Quit
From Big D to D.C. to the VC
Nixon and Gunga Dan
Life without Walter
Seduced and Abandoned
What Is the Frequency?
Live Fire
Blinded by the Light
Edward R. Murrow Is Dead
Epilogue: Picking Up the Pieces 215(8)
Notes 223(16)
Bibliography 239(2)
Credits 241(2)
Index 243

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