Books: A Voice in the Wilderness Murrow: His Life and Times

If broadcast journalism has a secular saint, a Puritan forebear, a drafter of the Constitution, he is beyond challenge Edward R. Murrow, a man whose prestige endures more than a quarter of a century after he ceased to be a major force in reporting and analyzing the news. Murrow made his reputation covering war and challenging demagoguery. He burnished it by losing battles to commercialism and belatedly denouncing his betrayers. He died young: he was 57 when he succumbed to the lung cancer brought on by a four-pack-a-day cigarette habit, a vice he could not kick even while actually on air...

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