Betsy Cronkite carefully saved the letters, copying many to circulate among family and friends. More than a hundred of Cronkite's letters from 1943-45 (plus a few earlier letters) survive. They reveal surprising and little known facts about this storied public figure in the vanguard of "The Greatest Generation" and a giant in American journalism, and about his World War II experiences. They chronicle both a great love story and a great war story, as told by the reporter who would go on to become anchorman for the CBS Evening News, with a reputation as "the most trusted man in America."
Illustrated with heartwarming photos of Walter and Betsy Cronkite during the war from the family collection, the book is edited by Cronkite's grandson, CBS associate producer Walter Cronkite IV, and esteemed historian Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of History at Hamilton College.
Now this historical portrait is new in paperback.
|Publisher:||National Geographic Society|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
MAURICE ISSERMAN is the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of History at Hamilton College.
His most recent book is the prize-winning Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes, co-written with Stewart Weaver, which the New York Times called "the book of a lifetime...an awe-inspiring work of history and storytelling."
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Foreword Tom Brokaw xi
Map: Walter Cronkite's World War II Assignments xiv
Character Key xvii
Introduction Walter Cronkite IV xxv
Chapter 1 A Pretty Personal Matter 1
Chapter 2 The Writing Sixty-Ninth 11
Chapter 3 The Youthful Dean of American Air-War Writers 79
Chapter 4 Invasion Jitters 143
Chapter 5 Once This War Is Over 201
Epilogue Maurice Isserman 289
Afterword Walter Cronkite IV 303
Time Line 309
Select Bibliography 313
Illustrations Credits 314
What People are Saying About This
"What a treasure! If you like the news, if you like a good adventure story or if you're just a sucker for a good old fashioned love story, you will love this book." —Bob Schieffer, CBS News
"The immediacy of these letters provides an unforgettable glimpse into how people lived during the most devastating war in human history, and shed light on how Walter Cronkite became one of our greatest newsmen." —Susan Eisenhower
"An extraordinary journey with the most trusted man in America." —Kirkus Reviews