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Douglass K. Daniel
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University of Texas Press; annotated edition edition (April 1, 2007)
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Harry Reasoner was one of the most trusted and well-liked journalists of the golden age of network television news.

Those words presented a challenge to me as a biographer. In these pages I explore Harry Reasoner's life in the news-and his life beyond the newsroom

This is a print-on-demand title. Those words presented a challenge to me as a biographer. In these pages I explore Harry Reasoner's life in the news-and his life beyond the newsroom. It began in rural Iowa in the 1920s and encompassed the Depression, a world war, and the beginning of the medium that would bring him national acclaim. Harry met the great men and women of his day and traveled around the world, but he kept many of the best qualities of small-town America.

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Harry Reasoner: A Life in the News covers the entire sweep of this enigmatic journalist's life and career. Douglass K. Daniel opens with Reasoner's Depression-era Midwestern upbringing and follows him through his early work in newspapers and radio before he joined CBS in 1956.

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Harry Reasoner was one of the most trusted and well-liked journalists of the golden age of network television news. Whether anchoring the evening newscast on CBS in the 1960s or on ABC in the 1970s, providing in-depth reporting on 60 Minutes, or hosting numerous special programs covering civil rights struggles, the Vietnam War, and Watergate, Reasoner had "that almost mystical quality it seems to take for good television reporting, exuding this atmosphere of truth and believability," in the words of Walter Cronkite. Yet his reassuring manner and urbane, often witty, on-air persona masked a man who was far more complex and contradictory. Though gifted with the intelligence and drive to rise to the top of his profession, Reasoner was regarded by many colleagues as lazy and self-indulgent, a man who never achieved his full potential despite his many accomplishments.

Harry Reasoner: A Life in the News covers the entire sweep of this enigmatic journalist's life and career. Douglass K. Daniel opens with Reasoner's Depression-era Midwestern upbringing and follows him through his early work in newspapers and radio before he joined CBS in 1956. Focusing on Reasoner's thirty-five-year tenure in television news, Daniel presents fascinating, behind-the-scenes accounts of Reasoner's key role in founding the top-rated newsmagazine 60 Minutes. He also explores Reasoner's highly publicized move to ABC in 1970, where he anchored the nightly newscast, first with Howard K. Smith and later with Barbara Walters—a disastrous pairing from which Reasoner's career never fully recovered.

Based on scores of interviews and unpublished letters, memos, and other primary sources, this first biography of the man once rated second in credibility only to Walter Cronkite illuminates an entire era in broadcast journalism, as well as many of the unique personalities, from Andy Rooney to Mike Wallace, who made that era distinctive.

  • Mohn
Television news matured in the Sixties, and the correspondent who made its prominence most appealing was Harry Reasoner. The golden age of tv news boasted a panoply of stars -- Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America; David Brinkley, of the sardonic wit; Howard K. Smith, the occasionally controversial commentator; and more. Of them all, Harry was the one who seemed most like a close friend, eager to share a story, and least like a college professor, ready to scold our ignorance. Daniel's book examines and animates this Harry, the man whose geniality was so compatible with broadcasting that you could feel its warmth a continent away in your living room. Daniel helps us understand Harry's gifts, his drive, his connections to the heart of America, his professional ethos and concerns about the practice of journalism. For anyone interested in tv news in particular or journalism at large, this bookHarry Reasoner: A Life in the News (Focus on American History Series,Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin) is a delight. Moreover, the author includes a great selection of b/w photos -- from Harry at age 1 to the end of his career.
  • Very Old Chap
I remember watching 60 Minutes and other news shows when I was a kid and always perking up when Harry Reasoner came on. He was wry and warm, friendly and humorous, but always a newsman first and foremost. He's certainly worthy of a thorough biography, and I'm glad that someone as focused and astute as this writer rose to the occasion while there were still plenty of people alive who knew Reasoner well. I think Doug Daniel must have interviewed all of them, yet he managed to shape his voluminous research into a coherent story of a life purposefully but not perfectly lived. You'll find this book particularly fascinating if you're curious about the glory days of network news, an era fast disappearing in the digital age.
  • Stan
Douglass K. Daniel deserves kudos for an in-depth, meticulous, but thoroughly engaging look at one of the pioneers in broadcast journalism. Harry Reasoner was a familiar figure to millions of TV viewers, and now his less-than-perfect personal life (which in no way diminishes his professional accomplishments, by the way) has also been chronicled. This book would be interesting and relevant for anyone interested in the history of broadcast journalism, including college students and professors.
  • BoberMod
A reader will find my name in the introduction and in the text of this book. I am proud to note for those who seek to acquire this book that the quality of Doug Daniel's enterprise in writing about Harry Reasoner matches the quality Harry demanded of himself and of others who dared to take pen, typewriter or computer in hand. This is a poignant, heart rendering at times, superbly written biography done by a true craftsman in the trade of journalism. Harry Reasoner would be proud to know the author.
  • IWantYou
This energetic, entertaining biography serves as more than the life story of journalist Harry Reasoner. It can also be read as a social history of the heyday of network news, and the powerhouse that was CBS News in particular. A fascinating and well-crafted narrative of an imperfect man and his imperfect profession.
  • Bladebringer
I thought the author did a great job portraying Harry Reasoner in a way that anyone could appreciate. He provided an extremely objective and well-researched biography. Additionally, Douglass Daniel has a very fluid writing style that I enjoyed. A truly interesting read.