Books: Reporting Live

By Lesley Stahl

Turn to the index of this memoir from the 60 Minutes correspondent, and under the entry "Donaldson, Sam" you'll find this subheading: "physical appearance of." Stahl describes her Watergate rival as resembling "a long-lost brother of Mr. Spock." Reporting Live is more engaging as an amalgam of such observations and tidbits than it is as a chronicle of Stahl's assignments during the '70s and '80s. The book also succeeds as a compelling portrait of a mother-daughter relationship: Dolly Stahl's a lot more quotable than Roger Mudd.

--By Ginia Bellafante


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