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Face the Nation: My Favorite Stories from the First 50 Years of the Award-Winning News Broadcast

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Publisher Comments:

In this engaging memoir of television news and its unique place in history, New York Times bestselling author and Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer takes us behind the scenes of the Sunday morning institution that has provided a window on the most memorable events of the last half-century.

With his critically acclaimed memoir This Just In, Schieffer proved himself a natural storyteller, a gifted writer able to capture the workings of television news with remarkable wit and insight. Now Schieffer focuses his keen reporter's eye on 50 years of Face the Nation's live broadcasts and the historic moments the program has captured. From its 1954 debut, an interview with Senator Joe McCarthy the day before the Senate debate that would condemn him, to the broadcast's 1957 groundbreaking interview with a candid and controversial Nikita Khrushchev; from the brilliant analysis of communism made by guest Martin Luther King Jr. to the sometimes stunning, always revealing interviews with each sitting president; from the heroic and moving coverage of the terrorist attacks of September 11 to the revolutionary coverage of the war in Iraq, Schieffer shares unforgettable anecdotes about the guests, the stories and the events captured by the venerable public affairs program.

Marked by the author's candid personal observations and wise, good humor, and featuring a special companion DVD of broadcast highlights created by CBS News for this edition, Bob Schieffer's look at 50 years of Face the Nation shines an entertaining and nostalgic light on America's presidents, culture, foreign policy and domestic affairs.

Review:

"Schieffer began moderating CBS's Face the Nation in 1991. In the 50 years since the Sunday series' November 7, 1954, debut, 4,862 key newsmakers have appeared on 2,450 broadcasts. For this work, Schieffer interviewed broadcasting notables (Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, etc.) and drew on the resources of the CBS News Library, sifting through press releases, newspaper clippings and show transcripts. He opens by recounting how CBS chief Frank Stanton and CBS founder William S. Paley teamed up to make the 'Tiffany network' a broadcasting giant. Stanton, now 96, told Schieffer how he created Face the Nation to match NBC's Meet the Press: 'We needed a broadcast where newsmakers could be questioned in a live setting. NBC had one and we didn't.... [W]e had the responsibility to provide one.' Writing with warmth, wit and insight, Schieffer looks back at significant events and personalities — from the civil rights movement and Vietnam to anthrax and Iraq, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Bill Clinton's 'Oval Office trysts,' from the Pentagon Papers to the Pentagon on 9/11. His perspective expands beyond the confines of the TV studio to become a memoir of milestones in 20th-century history. Photos. Agent, Esther Newberg. (Oct. 13) Forecast: Promotions on CBS could drive viewers to bookstores, where many will seek the special DVD created to accompany this book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A fascinating look at how the nation and the show have evolved over 50 years." Booklist

Synopsis:

In this engaging memoir of television news and American history, Bob Schieffer shares unforgettable insights about the guests, the stories, and the history-making moments of the venerable public affairs program. From the show's 1954 debut, and the interview with Senator Joe McCarthy the day before the senate debate that would condemn him, to a controversial 1957 interview with Khrushchev, to Ed Sullivan's competitive bid for an interview with Fidel Castro (one that did indeed air on his variety hour, wedged between comedian Alan King and a dog act); to a brilliant and articulate analysis of communism by Martin Luther King — the stories Schieffer tells in these pages are surprising, often moving, always fascinating.

From civil rights to Vietnam, the terrorist attacks of September 11 through the groundbreaking coverage of the war in Iraq, Schieffer captures it all — the moments and the milestones. Filled with the author's trademark candor and compassion, and featuring a special DVD created exclusively for this book, Face the Nation shines a witty and nostalgic light on our nation's presidents, culture, foreign, policy, and domestic affairs. This is a one-of-a-kind anniversary gift from a man uniquely qualified to reflect on our changing country over the past fifty years.

Synopsis:

In this engaging memoir of television news and its unique place in history, New York Times bestselling author and Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer takes us behind the scenes of the Sunday morning institution that has provided a window on the most memorable events of the last half-century.

With his critically acclaimed memoir This Just In, Schieffer proved himself a natural storyteller, a gifted writer able to capture the workings of television news with remarkable wit and insight. Now Schieffer focuses his keen reporter's eye on 50 years of Face the Nation's live broadcasts and the historic moments the program has captured. From its 1954 debut, an interview with Senator Joe McCarthy the day before the Senate debate that would condemn him, to the broadcast's 1957 groundbreaking interview with a candid and controversial Nikita Khrushchev; from the brilliant analysis of communism made by guest Martin Luther King Jr. to the sometimes stunning, always revealing interviews with each sitting president; from the heroic and moving coverage of the terrorist attacks of September 11 to the revolutionary coverage of the war in Iraq, Schieffer shares unforgettable anecdotes about the guests, the stories and the events captured by the venerable public affairs program.

Marked by the author's candid personal observations and wise, good humor, and featuring a special companion DVD of broadcast highlights created by CBS News for this edition, Bob Schieffer's look at 50 years of Face the Nation shines an entertaining and nostalgic light on America's presidents, culture, foreign policy and domestic affairs.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Part I

Window on History: The Story of Face the Nation

1. In the Beginning

Stanton and Paley Invent CBS News

2. In the Age of Fear

McCarthy, Blacklists and the Red Scare

3. The Big Scoop

But Should Americans Be Hearing This?

4. The Men of Love Put On a Really Big Show

Castro, Ed Sullivan and Face the Nation

5. Coverage a Long Time Coming

The Sunday Shows and Civil Rights

6. Vietnam

The Ongoing Search for Good News

7. For Want of a Question

The Pentagon Papers, Gobbledygook and Government Secrecy

8. Badgering George Shultz

The Rise of Women in Politics and Journalism

9. The Sunday Primaries

Tales from the Campaign Trail

10. The Longest Story

The Saga of Clinton vs. Starr

11. War at Home and Abroad

9-11, Anthrax and the Terrorists

12. The War in Iraq

Combat Coverage in Real Time

13. Looking Ahead

Television's Expanding Universe

Part II

Behind the Scenes

14. My Thoughts Exactly

The Face the Nation Commentaries

15. They Made It Happen

The Correspondents and Producers of Face the Nation

Work Notes, Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743265850
Author:
Schieffer, Bob
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Radio - History & Criticism
Subject:
Television broadcasting of news
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Film and Television-Media Studies
Subject:
General Political Science
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 b/w photo t/o
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 17.955 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Schieffer began moderating CBS's Face the Nation in 1991. In the 50 years since the Sunday series' November 7, 1954, debut, 4,862 key newsmakers have appeared on 2,450 broadcasts. For this work, Schieffer interviewed broadcasting notables (Walter Cronkite, Andy Rooney, etc.) and drew on the resources of the CBS News Library, sifting through press releases, newspaper clippings and show transcripts. He opens by recounting how CBS chief Frank Stanton and CBS founder William S. Paley teamed up to make the 'Tiffany network' a broadcasting giant. Stanton, now 96, told Schieffer how he created Face the Nation to match NBC's Meet the Press: 'We needed a broadcast where newsmakers could be questioned in a live setting. NBC had one and we didn't.... [W]e had the responsibility to provide one.' Writing with warmth, wit and insight, Schieffer looks back at significant events and personalities — from the civil rights movement and Vietnam to anthrax and Iraq, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Bill Clinton's 'Oval Office trysts,' from the Pentagon Papers to the Pentagon on 9/11. His perspective expands beyond the confines of the TV studio to become a memoir of milestones in 20th-century history. Photos. Agent, Esther Newberg. (Oct. 13) Forecast: Promotions on CBS could drive viewers to bookstores, where many will seek the special DVD created to accompany this book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A fascinating look at how the nation and the show have evolved over 50 years."
"Synopsis" by , In this engaging memoir of television news and American history, Bob Schieffer shares unforgettable insights about the guests, the stories, and the history-making moments of the venerable public affairs program. From the show's 1954 debut, and the interview with Senator Joe McCarthy the day before the senate debate that would condemn him, to a controversial 1957 interview with Khrushchev, to Ed Sullivan's competitive bid for an interview with Fidel Castro (one that did indeed air on his variety hour, wedged between comedian Alan King and a dog act); to a brilliant and articulate analysis of communism by Martin Luther King — the stories Schieffer tells in these pages are surprising, often moving, always fascinating.

From civil rights to Vietnam, the terrorist attacks of September 11 through the groundbreaking coverage of the war in Iraq, Schieffer captures it all — the moments and the milestones. Filled with the author's trademark candor and compassion, and featuring a special DVD created exclusively for this book, Face the Nation shines a witty and nostalgic light on our nation's presidents, culture, foreign, policy, and domestic affairs. This is a one-of-a-kind anniversary gift from a man uniquely qualified to reflect on our changing country over the past fifty years.

"Synopsis" by , In this engaging memoir of television news and its unique place in history, New York Times bestselling author and Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer takes us behind the scenes of the Sunday morning institution that has provided a window on the most memorable events of the last half-century.

With his critically acclaimed memoir This Just In, Schieffer proved himself a natural storyteller, a gifted writer able to capture the workings of television news with remarkable wit and insight. Now Schieffer focuses his keen reporter's eye on 50 years of Face the Nation's live broadcasts and the historic moments the program has captured. From its 1954 debut, an interview with Senator Joe McCarthy the day before the Senate debate that would condemn him, to the broadcast's 1957 groundbreaking interview with a candid and controversial Nikita Khrushchev; from the brilliant analysis of communism made by guest Martin Luther King Jr. to the sometimes stunning, always revealing interviews with each sitting president; from the heroic and moving coverage of the terrorist attacks of September 11 to the revolutionary coverage of the war in Iraq, Schieffer shares unforgettable anecdotes about the guests, the stories and the events captured by the venerable public affairs program.

Marked by the author's candid personal observations and wise, good humor, and featuring a special companion DVD of broadcast highlights created by CBS News for this edition, Bob Schieffer's look at 50 years of Face the Nation shines an entertaining and nostalgic light on America's presidents, culture, foreign policy and domestic affairs.

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