Peter Jennings: A Reporter's Life

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Peter Jennings: A Reporter's Life

Format:  Paperback,

321 pages

Publisher: Perseus Books Group

Publish Date: Nov 2008

ISBN-13: 9781586486440

ISBN-10: 1586486446

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For many Americans, Peter Jennings was the voice and face that gave shape and meaning to every day's news. In this oral biography, readers witness Jennings' extraordinary rise to the top of his profession, but they get to know him as a person, too. It brings together memories contributed by Peter's friends, family, competitors, colleagues, and interview subjects. They reveal facets of a man many of us felt we knew well--but only because he greeted us every weekday evening from our television sets.

Peter Jennings was a celebrity, of course, but in these pages he is remembered as a loyal friend and a devoted family man. Throughout his life, Peter Jennings was driven by a passion to seek the truth and convey that truth accurately, simply, cleanly, and elegantly to his American audience. He was our voice.

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Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: Nov 2008
ISBN-13: 9781586486440
ISBN-10: 1586486446
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 321
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.6 x 1.0 x 8.8

Chapter outline

Introductionp. vii
Contributorsp. xi
A Canadian Childhoodp. 1
Boy Anchorp. 17
The Talking Trench Coatp. 33
Roving Anchorp. 61
Flying Solop. 79
Making the Newsp. 101
World News Tonightp. 135
Enthusiasmsp. 173
September 11p. 203
The Manp. 217
Citizenp. 249
I Have Lung Cancerp. 265
Legacyp. 283
Finally, This Evening...p. 295
Acknowledgmentsp. 297
Notesp. 301
Chronology of Peter Jennings' Lifep. 311
Selected Documentaries and News Specialsp. 313
Photo Creditsp. 317

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Review by Library Journal (2007-11-01)

This account of the life of a longtime anchor of American evening news was culled largely from interviews conducted for a televised remembrance of Peter Jennings, which aired shortly after his death in 2005. Presented verbatim, the material comes from Jennings's colleagues, friends, and family members and is arranged into a handful of loose themes with little added information or research. As such, the work is more akin to an extended eulogy than a biography.

Indeed, the editors themselves, among them Jennings's wife, Kayce Freed Jennings, make no claims that this is an exhaustive examination of the man's life. Some of the anecdotes, such as, for example, assertions that Jennings was unhappy with TV coverage of the Iraq War, would have benefited tremendously from supporting evidence. All told, this is a lively collection of stories about one of television's most successful newsmen, told by those who loved and respected him. Some stories are touching, some funny, and a handful provide insight into how his personality was a natural fit for TV news. Fans of Jennings will appreciate the effort.

-Fred Baerkircher, Twinsburg P.L., OH

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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For many Americans, Peter Jennings was the voice and face that gave shape and meaning to every day’s news. In this oral biography, readers witness Jennings’ extraordinary rise to the top of his profession, but they get to know him as a person, too. It brings together memories contributed by Peter’s friends, family, competitors, colleagues, and interview subjects. They reveal facets of a man many of us felt we knew well—but only because he greeted us every weekday evening from our television sets.

Peter Jennings was a celebrity, of course, but in these pages he is remembered as a loyal friend and a devoted family man. Throughout his life, Peter Jennings was driven by a passion to seek the truth and convey that truth accurately, simply, cleanly, and elegantly to his American audience. He was our voice.

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