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A Reporter's Life A Reporter's Life is a refreshing story of the medium's heyday. During his 31-year tenure at CBS News, Walter Cronkite set the standard for integrity and compassion. In this autobiography, Cronkite turns his reporter's eye on his own life and times, providing a wealth of details about both his public and private sides. This humble but very exciting autobiography is full of interesting characters and lightly told anecdotes. Click here to purchase copies of this book. This is also available in an (abridged) audio CD version.

A Good Life A Good Life outlines Ben Bradlee's career as a journalist that encompassed many of the most important events of the late 20th century: from World War II to Watergate, from the domestic revolutions of the '60s to the international revolutions of the '90s. While serving as the Washington Post's Executive Editor from 1968 to 1991, the newspaper became a world-renowned and respected model of fearless and innovative journalism. A witty and candid story of a good life -- and a great read. Click here to purchase copies of this book.

The Murdoch Mission The Murdoch Mission gets inside Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and documents the media mogul's strategic forays in digital media and broadcasting and new Internet-based businesses. Among other giant highlights is the creation of his new $40 billion company, the mammoth Sky Global Networks. A dramatic narrative by a top journalist about the transformation of one of the world's greatest media empires. Click here to purchase copies of this book.

Tell Me a Story Tell Me A Story - In chatty, colloquial prose, 60 Minutes' Don Hewitt hits his show's high and low points, including a frank discussion of the compromises made to air an interview with Big Tobacco whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand and a blistering critique of the way those compromises were depicted in the movie The Insider. He pays tribute to his reporters, writes appreciatively of CBS founder William Paley, and discusses his differences with Paley's successor, Laurence Tisch. Click here to purchase copies of this book.

Me and Ted Against The World Me and Ted Against the World - "CNN is my invention," proclaims Reese Schonfeld at the beginning of this entertaining (and somewhat vindictive) memoir of founding the world's first 24-hour news network with media mogul Ted Turner in 1979. A longtime TV and print journalist, Schonfeld was president for three years until he was fired by Turner after a clash of egos and largely forgotten within CNN's institutional memory. This book is his opportunity to settle a few old scores. Click here to purchase copies of this book.

Anchors: Brokaw, Jenings and Rather Anchors - Ever since the ratings battle between Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Dan Rather began in 1983, fighting has been fierce. Anchors profiles all three of these larger-than-life newsmen, sometimes called "living logos of the networks." Today TV news netwrok competition is extremely close and the infighting between networks is often brutal. One ex-president of CBS News said about the conflict, "It's trench warfare. There's everything out there but mustard gas." Click here to purchase copies of this book.

Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times Front Row At The White House - Born in 1920, Helen Thomas was one of United Press International's very few female journalists for years. She promoted herself to UPI's White House Press Corps in 1960 ("I just started showing up every day") and has reported on eight presidential administrations ever since. Her episodic, old-fashioned autobiography contains anecdotes about each president, their first ladies, and their staff. Her stories are often funny, and she doesn't mind when the joke's on her. Click here to purchase copies of this book.

Staying Tuned Staying Tuned - Long a familiar face to American television-news viewers, Daniel Schorr recounts his 60-plus-year career covering some of the most significant events of the last century. Schorr had a gift for being in the right place at the right time, and this gift served him well as he rose through the ranks of foreign correspondents. Eventually joining CBS and heading the network's bureaus in Bonn and Moscow, he returned to the States where he covered American politics. Click here to purchase copies of this book.

The Real McKay The Real McKay - Decades before the term "extreme sports" was born, Jim McKay was introducing the world to sports such as cliff diving, big wave surfing, and barefoot water-skiing. For nearly 55 years, the ubiquitous McKay was the host of ABC's Wide World of Sports. This autobiography details many of the more memorable moments in a lifetime of sports: the wealth of human achievement as well as the "agonies of defeat." Click here to purchase copies of this book.

James Joyce James Joyce - With all the earthy sensuality and majestic storytelling that have made her one of Ireland's preeminent writers, award-winning novelist Edna O'Brien paints the most passionate, personal, and sensuous portrait of her fellow countryman yet written. James Joyce is a return journey to the land of politics, history, and the saints and scholars that shaped this creator of the twentieth century's most groundbreaking novel, Ulysses. Click here to purchase copies of this book.

On Writers & Writing Desk Diary On Writers & Writing Desk Diary features 53 original essays that discuss the "how" and "why" of writing from the perspective of a broad range of authors. In this year's edition, authors Helen Sheehy and Leslie Stainton include a host of notables, ranging from the intrepid traveler of Jacksonian America Harriet Nartineau, playwright Jean Anouilh, muckraker Jessica Mitford, poet Edmund Spenser, and novelist Iris Murdoch. Click here to purchase copies of this book.

Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf's life as part of the avant-garde Bloomsbury Group has captured the imagination of millions. Now Nigel Nicolson, the son of a close friend of Woolf, threads his personal reminiscences through the narrative of the famous writer's life. In so doing, he paints an astonishing portrait of one of the most remarkable women in history. Click here to purchase copies of this book.

Jane Austen Jane Austen - It's a perennial source of frustration to Jane Austen's admirers that so little is known about her quiet existence as an unmarried woman seeking an outlet for her ferocious intelligence in genteel, rural England at the turn of the 19th century. Carol Shields, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for The Stone Diaries, has already proved herself a writer who can convey large truths with an economical amount of material, which makes her an excellent choice as Austen's biographer. Click here to purchase copies of this book.

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