Books: Tim's Man of the Year

A TV host's memoir is a valentine to his working-class father and the values he was brought up with

Journalists can go funny when they become famous. They can get windy and theatrical or display their regular-guy credentials with the subtlety of a gold tooth. Anyone who has watched Tim Russert, host of NBC's Meet the Press, could probably guess there's a Big Russ back in a working-class hometown whispering, "Don't let your head get too big for the doorway." Good son that he is, Russert has followed that advice, asking politicians and world leaders tough questions and then getting out of the way of their answers--and checking with his dad in South Buffalo, N.Y., after each show to make...

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