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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!