This Just in: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV

This Just in What I Couldn t Tell You on TV Bob Schieffer started his reporting career in Texas when he was barely old enough to buy a beer joined CBS News in and became one of the few correspondents ever to have covered all four major W

  • Title: This Just in: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV
  • Author: Bob Schieffer
  • ISBN: 9780425194331
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bob Schieffer started his reporting career in Texas when he was barely old enough to buy a beer, joined CBS News in 1969, and became one of the few correspondents ever to have covered all four major Washington beats the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Capitol Hill Over the past four decades, he s seen it all and now he s sharing the after hours talesBob Schieffer started his reporting career in Texas when he was barely old enough to buy a beer, joined CBS News in 1969, and became one of the few correspondents ever to have covered all four major Washington beats the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Capitol Hill Over the past four decades, he s seen it all and now he s sharing the after hours tales only his colleagues know.

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    About “Bob Schieffer

    • Bob Schieffer

      Bob Lloyd Schieffer is an American journalist who has been with CBS News since 1969, serving 23 years as anchor on the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News from 1973 to 1996 chief Washington correspondent since 1982, moderator of the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation since 1991, and, between March 2005 and August 31, 2006, interim weekday anchor of the CBS Evening News.Schieffer is one of the few journalists to have covered all four of the major Washington national assignments the White House, The Pentagon, United States Department of State, and United States Congress His career with CBS has almost exclusively dealt with national politics.Schieffer is a survivor of grade III bladder cancer he was diagnosed in 2003 and is currently cancer free.In 2004, he was the moderator of the third presidential debate between President George W Bush and Senator John Kerry On August 5, 2008, it was announced that Schieffer will also moderate the third presidential debate in 2008 between Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain.



    556 thoughts on “This Just in: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV

    • A memoir of the CBS newsman’s life, from his early days as a police beat reporter, through Nixon and Watergate, the bloodshed at home and at Vietnam in the ‘60s, up to 9/11. I had never heard of Schieffer before, even though he was originally a Texas newsman. In any case, this is a very pleasant autobiography which also serves as a sort of informal history of America’s last half-century. (The subtitle is somewhat misleading, as the book does not provide us with juicy tidbits which were too [...]


    • I really like books that take a look at the inside world of journalism and network news. This was an easy to read account of Bob Shieffer's career beginning in radio in Fort Worth, Texas, moving to the print media, and finally to television news. The book brought home how random events can make the difference in a national career or a noncareer--that pesky being at the right place at the right time. The section on the infighting at CBS over who would replace Walter Cronkite was particularly inte [...]


    • This was a really interesting behind-the-scenes look at Bob Schieffer's career as a broadcast journalist. I'm not a big fan of CBS News, but I always did like Bobhe's the sort of old school reporter (along with Dan Rather, who is mentioned frequently in this book, and Tom Brokaw) that we don't see much of anymore. The things he's seen, the people he's known and the stories he's covered are just fascinating, and the audiobook was particularly good, probably because he read it. Recommended if you' [...]


    • I really enjoyed reading this book - it was like taking a walk through the memory lane of my childhood, as it was tied to the events of the day. As certain songs remind me of moments in my life when i first heard them, so this book does the same with important political events of Bob Schieffer's career. He is also one of my favorite news correspondents and I am an avid watcher of "Face the Nation", so it was a perfect fit for me. An easy to read book on the work and life of a major network corre [...]


    • If you're a Network TV news junkie, or a member of the Bob Schieffer fan club, you'll thoroughly enjoy this book. If you stayed high during the 60's, and don't remember the Cuba Missle Crisis, the '68 Democratic convention in Chicago, or subsequent events like Watergate, Spiro Agnew, or Whitewater, you'll enjoy the nostalgia of the review of those events. Schieffer is a good writer and story teller, but the book is pretty much a walk-through of events from his broadcast life, without much or any [...]


    • I had always respected Bob Schieffer as a newsman but only decided to read this book after he agreed to be keynote speaker at the National College Media Convention, which I coordinated. A student lent me a copy of his book, and I'm glad he did. I took for granted just how much Bob is a part of the background of American life. He's been at the scene of virtually every big story for the past half-century from Vietnam to Sept. 11. Throughout all that time and all those stories, his journalistic int [...]


    • I saw Bob Scheiffer on one of the late night talk shows pushing his latest book. Unfortunately, he didn't read that one, but he did read this and it was truly a pleasure to listen to him relate some of the stories behind the stories he covered in his long career in journalism. There aren't really any stunning revelations in here, but it's interesting and told well. There aren't that many people he hasn't crossed paths with in the last 60 years. He's a throwback to the days when journalists were [...]


    • Summary: Bob Schieffer's book is easy to read but does not reward even that little effort. This Just In is like a stack of losing lottery tickets: hoped-for rewards repeatedly fail to materialize._____As Walter Cronkite reports that President Kennedy has been shot, he takes off his glasses and looks at the clock. The scene is replayed when documentaries look back on the recent history of the United States, the history of television news or the history of Cronkite, long revered as the country's m [...]


    • Pretty standard memoir from a guy who had a front row seat to many of the most interesting stories of the second half of the twentieth century. Definitely worth a read if you're a news junkie.


    • For a behind-the-scenes look at a newsman's life, this fascinating memoir will please all news junkies. It begins with Schieffer's days in Fort Worth, Texas working for a newspaper, and follows him through his career in television.The first chapter focuses on the day that President Kennedy was assassinated. Schieffer in Fort Worth meets a woman who asks to be driven to Dallas. After he agrees, he learns that she is Lee Harvey Oswald's mother. The book is filled with so many interesting facts man [...]


    • This is a rather long book, but oh so fascinating. Never read a bio like this before. Bob Schieffer is a very talented individual whose career started in the early 60's around the time of Kennedy, and this book went through September 11, 2001. He has worked for newspapers, starting out in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduating to television and blooming in many areas. Got to serve in VietNam, and covered many political elections, Nixon, Clinton, McGovern, Capital Hill, and those were some of his favo [...]


    • Just when you think all I read is fluff. I listened to this audio book. This was narrated by Bob Schieffer himself and he did a great job--it was like an extended conversation or like listening to a presentation.I am a very a-political person but I really liked this book. I realized as I listened to Schieffer's retrospective that just like music creates a background sound track for any particular decade, events of a decade create a kind of sound track of the era--people, places, events all playi [...]


    • If any book will make you fall in love with reporting and journalism, this one will. Bob Schieffer's stories are written with all the skill that made him one of America's top newsmen. They are funny and engaging, not to mention an excellent lesson in the history of America's politics from JFK to George W. Bush, and an insider's account of the evolution of the news industry. Schieffer's tales include personal encounters with everyone who was anyone, and his lively recollections make people like W [...]


    • If you're expecting one of those polarizing, didactic tell-alls from Mr. Schieffer, you will be disappointed. In a world in which the microphone is generally ceded to the loudest guy in the room as opposed to the smartest, THIS JUST IN is an earnest, level-headed, refreshingly centrist look at 40 years of American history through the eyes of one of the elder statesmen of the news media.Unfortunately the book's centrism is also its flaw. Sometimes I felt like Mr. Schieffer is too far above the fr [...]


    • I've always liked Bob Schieffer; he always seemed very calm with a faint trace of humor. The book strengthens that sense. He got his start around the time of the Kennedy assassination in 1963, which is also where this book begins. Shieffer is justifiably proud of the history of CBS News from the 50s through the 70s, and very unhappy with the corporate changes of the 80s. However, his career survived Vietnam, Watergate, years at the Pentagon, the presidencies of Carter, Reagan, Bush I and Clinton [...]


    • This book was really interesting. I enjoyed it a lot. I feel like I learned a lot since most of the events took place "before my time" It was good to hear about it from someone who was there. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in history, politics or broadcasting.The only downside was I felt like it took me forever to read. It's not too long but I guess it takes me longer to read non fiction. I was really enjoying it so I didn't want to quit reading it. I just felt like it took me longer [...]


    • Great personal story of where this nationally known journalist came from - and it was humble beginnings in case you are wondering. He talks about what it's like to be a national anchor, the challenges he faced balancing a demanding profession and his desire to be a good family man, and his personal reactions to some of the people that he interviewed and worked with. These behind the scenes anecdotes made for a much fuller picture of the news and the men and women who gather and televise it.


    • In This Just In, Schieffer relates details about some of the most interesting, important, famous, and infamous news stories he has covered during his long career. He also covers his personal life and the network news business. It was a very interesting and enjoyable book. Schieffer, although a very distinguished news reporter comes across as a very down-to-earth and likable guy. He has had, and continues to have, a remarkable career with CBS news.


    • After reading this book, I feel like I know just a little bit more about recent history, but I also feel like I have a slightly better understanding of how our political system works. I realize that the analysis of it in this book is the opinion of Mr. Schieffer, but considering what is currently taking place, it makes a whole lot of sense, and this book was published almost 10 years ago. For someone that has never been particularly fond of non-fiction, this was a pretty interesting book.


    • This is a really neat book by Bob Schieffer. It's a collection of personal reactions to different interviews and stories that he covered for the radio, newspaper, and TV industries. It talks about his own feelings that sometimes goes against the grain of what he was told to believe. His style is quite conversational, and it's a really good book to read to get a first person account of some of the biggest people to influence modern history.


    • An easy-to-read, breezy memoir about Bob Schieffer's career as a reporter. The book covers the period from Kennedy's assassination thru the attack on September 11th. I could appreciate the experiences that he recounted as they tracked my own political awareness which began the day I heard that President Kennedy had been shot. Schieffer's many anecdotes and behind-the-scenes-scene political gossip kept this book interesting right to the end.


    • Some interesting behind the scene things of some of our more memorable moments over the past 50 years. Can be slow at times if you don't have an interest in history, especially from a journalistic view. More interesting at this time of our current presidential election. Mr Schieffer worked all the major elections since Kenedy's shooting.


    • Very enjoyable read. A timeline of many of the memorable and influential historic (war & politics) events that have taken place during my lifetime. Bob Schieffer seems a humane and humorous man with a passion for his work. Highly recommend.


    • If your interest in political news coverage began in the mid-20th century, this book is wonderful. I listened to Bob read the unabridged version while on a long road trip. A rich pleasure for about 15 hours or so.


    • I am a fan of Bob Schaefer--one of a small number of journalists I trust and admire. I watch his show every Sunday morning because it is a real news show unlike so much fluff in the news today. Interesting insights into history and the news.


    • I particularly enjoyed the firsthand accounts of "newsworthy" events that happened in the last half of the 20th century. It is one thing to read about these events in textbooks quite another to read a firsthand account.


    • This was just a quick read. I remembering watching "Face the Nation" during and just after college. I always liked Bob, and this book was enjoyable about his life and the political highlights of the 20th C. There was some repetition (but I blame the editors there), but it's a nice read.


    • This book could definitely have used another round (or two!) of editing. I listened to it in the car, and found myself thinking "Have I already listened to this tape?" For a career journalist, I expect a little more than rambling circuitous stories.


    • Wonderful read! Greatly enjoyed reading the backstory behind the major news events that happened in my lifetime. I'd assign this book as a test if I were teaching history or journalism. It was also his memoir - funny, honest, moving.



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