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A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radioby Bob Edwards
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Croswell Bowen: A Writerand#8217;s Life, a Daughterand#8217;s Portrait is the life story of a journalist who wrote his way through the major events of the mid-twentieth century.
While tracing the trajectory of Croswell Bowenand#8217;s (1905and#8211;71) personal life, his daughter, Betsy Connor Bowen, follows the path left by her father as he wrote about the Wall Street crash of 1929, the Great Depression, World War II, the McCarthy era, the presidency of John F. Kennedy, and the Vietnam War.
A riveting account of the life and times of an American journalist, Connor Bowenand#8217;s biography of Bowen is a daughterand#8217;s quest to find her father through his work at the intersections of journalism, democracy, and liberalism.
Bowenand#8217;s life and work were shaped by his conviction that finding the right stories and telling them with the right words could create a better world. He wrote about criminals, poverty, illness, discrimination, and other matters of social injustice. While writing to advance causes he believed in and lending a voice to the less fortunate, he struggled to maintain his marriage and provide for his family. Although he made mistakes in both his professional and personal life, Connor Bowen celebrates his ability, even in failure, to maintain bold moral integrity.
"After 30 years as an NPR radio host (All Things Considered and Morning Edition) and seven years and counting with two eponymous shows at Sirius XM, Edwards knows how to tell a story. The author of Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism presents his own story, written in his trademark spare style (called 'Bobspeak' by NPR colleagues). From toddlerhood in the late 1940s, Edwards dreamed of being on the radio. His family listened to all manner of programs, and their 1939 Zenith radio sits in his living room today. Far less retro is his current employer, Sirius XM Radio: Edwards began hosting there when he was fired by NPR. He details the controversy and media attention generated by NPR's decision to let him go; in fact, the passages about how he and trusted friends handled the exposure are an excellent lesson in managing a message. On the whole, there is much to learn and enjoy. Edwards shares fascinating details about beginning a career at a tiny station; becoming part of the energetic, excited startup team at NPR; conducting interviews and producing shows; and building a career as a beloved host. He's forthright about his disappointments, too, including a divorce and the shock of being fired. In this solidly entertaining book, Edwards engages readers with tales from his new radio incarnation. Photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
BETSY CONNOR BOWEN has worked as a community organizer, elementary school teacher, college instructor and assistant professor, securities analyst, journalist, and filmmaker. She is the author of a young adult novella, Spring Bear, and the editor of her father's World War II memoir, Back from Tobruk (Potomac Books, 2012).
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