BOOKS: BEFORE THE NETWORK FALL

EDWARD R. MURROW AND HIS PROTEGES PIONEERED BROADCAST JOURNALISM. A NEW BOOK TELLS HOW THEIR LEGACY WAS FUMBLED

Anyone who works in a highly visible enterprise toils in the shadow of legends: a ballplayer in Yankee Stadium knows he is standing where Ruth and Gehrig and DiMaggio once played. A newly inaugurated President stands on the Capitol rostrum knowing his words will be measured against those of Lincoln, F.D.R., J.F.K.

For broadcast journalists the legend of Edward R. Murrow and his colleagues who covered World War II for CBS has cast its shadow for more than half a century, and for good reason. Remarkably gifted, remarkably courageous, remarkably ambitious, remarkably young--Murrow was 29 when he was sent to Europe...

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