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Title : Brinkley's Beat: People, Places, and Events That Shaped My Time
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ISBN : 9780375406447
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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  • Ice
    2018-12-08 23:35

    This volume serves as an appropriate remembrance of the acerbic longtime NBC News and, later, ABC, anchorman, who died in June. A journalist since 1938, Brinkley was an unusual figure in American life: a mainstay media personality whose defining trait was intelligence and good judgment.The subtitle serves as an exact description of the table of contents, as the book indeed does begin with personalities (Hoffa, Reagan), then recounts some of his travels (Hong Kong, Vienna) and closes with reflections on events like the Kennedy assassination. As befits memories of a Washington journalist, the "People" section focuses almost entirely on Washington political creatures, some of them obscure (e.g., Martin Dies, May Craig). The sketches are purposely brief, verging on perfunctory: Brinkley consciously keeps his remarks on the surface, so only some of the sketches have compelling insights to offer.The sketch of Bobby Kennedy, a friend of Brinkley's, is a notable exception, capturing the split nature of his truncated career. Brinkley's skill at handling tone is better displayed in the final two sections. His thoughts about the men who made sacrifices at Normandy in 1944 are very moving; writing about the Mediterranean, he is appropriately charmed and awestruck by its history. Brinkley wrote a somewhat similar volume in 1995, although his tenor has softened considerably in the intervening years.In this posthumously published memoir, Brinkley's well-known wry perspective is brought to bear on some of the most notable people, places, and events of his 50 years in television news. Brinkley came to Washington, D.C., in 1943 to begin a career that would put him in contact with an array of memorable figures, including Mississippi Senator Theodore Bilbo, whose career was "distinguished by its unabashed racism," and Congressman Martin Dies, the original architect of the House Un-American Activities Committee.Brinkley covered 11 presidents during his career but profiles only 3: cunning, energetic Lyndon Johnson; Ronald Reagan, whom Brinkley found impenetrable, "a man who filtered reality through a set of assumptions and preconceptions that he refused to question"; and Bill Clinton, coming to office with great promise but ultimately as overestimated as president as he had been underestimated as a candidate.The places Brinkley recalls include Normandy in 1944 and 1994 and black-and-white Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1960s. Given his longevity as a television journalist, his access to the powerful and influential, and his own sardonic perspective, Brinkley offers an engrossing look at the most fascinating people and events of the last half-century in a fitting capstone to his memorable career. Vanessa Bush

  • Mike
    2018-12-07 17:32

    I grew up watching the Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC, so I thought I knew what to expect -- I was very wrong. David Brinkley's observations over the many busy decades in which he lived surprised me all the way through.I especially liked his places sections, and observations on Vienna, Austria, where a grad school friend now lives. The Viennese sound so laid back that I believe I really have to go there some day. Brinkley's somewhat introspective observations of the American South, and Washington, D.C., and the people associated with all of that made it much better reading, too.Also, especially helpful, this is a large print edition, and I really appreciate that.This is a great book for anyone interested in journalism, recent American history, or television news. It is pretty good.

  • Hapzydeco
    2018-11-23 18:38

    Brinkley quoted last speech of JFK given in Fort Worth the morning he died. "We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it....We are still the keystone in the arch of freedom. And I think we will continue to do as we have done in the past - our duty."

  • Gloria
    2018-12-16 23:40

    I have mixed feelings about this book. Parts were extremely interesting, and other sections were so boring that I skipped them. I am interested in current events and historical memoirs. Brinkley was present at many important events in recent history and his memoirs could have been totally absorbing. Perhaps it was the style which did not hold my attention. Or perhaps it was just the fact that I read this with many interruptions. But no matter how I look at it, I almost gave up the book before I finished it.

  • Scottnshana
    2018-12-16 15:31

    The book Mr. Brinkley wrote shortly before his death in 2003; I think the perspective of a professional journalist (i.e., one who did his life's work before the news was "on your side") covering the people, places, and events he selects are well-considered and -reasoned. These short chapters cover some of the personalities he interviewed (I especially enjoyed his pieces on Ronald Reagan and Bobby Kennedy) and various places around the globe he visited to describe them to Americans through their TV sets in the '60s--when the medium was new and NBC was working to put out the best news features possible. The EVENTS segment, though, really brought some insight into the '60s for me. I had read in detail about the 1968 Democratic Convention in Rick Perlstein's "Nixonland", but enjoyed Mr. Brinkley's eyewitness (and shorter) account as much as Perlstein's in-depth analysis also made via 40 years of hindsight. His "A State Visit" chapter, describing Haile Selassie's 1963 visit and Washington's preparation for it made me wonder if Eddie Murphy read about this before scripting "Coming to America". It was, however, the author's description of the JFK assassination that occurred three weeks after "A State Visit" that nicely tees up the book's summary chapter. Mr. Brinkley's narrative on how the networks brought news of this horrible event to the aforementioned television audience evokes both emotion and a longing for the days before cable news started spinning every event into a screaming argument. I enjoyed this book, and I wish Mr. Brinkley's professionalism quite a bit.

  • Brian
    2018-11-23 23:27

    This was a pleasant memoir that enabled me to revisit many of the important news stories of my youth, including Vietnam war coverage on TV and the assassination of JFK and the all news weekend (including the live coverage of the murder of Oswald by Jack Ruby) that followed. Parts of the book were not that interesting, such as his recollection of the places he visited for news TV shows in the 50's and 60's. But I found most of the book and especially the people who had the greatest impact on him to be very interesting.

  • Len Knighton
    2018-12-01 20:29

    I always loved David Brinkley's reporting, his commentaries, his on-air humor and his writing. Another good read from Brinkley, especially the first section on people he had known and covered. He could have focused on the well known but he threw in a couple who are not prominent in history, but did have an impact positively or negatively. His places section is of the same style, writing about unexpected places.

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-12 16:28

    Excellent read! It is interesting to better know the man who was half of the team that delivered my nightly news for years,

  • Karol
    2018-12-14 16:37

    Interesting perspective on the events of his day, through the eyes of a traditional -- and I would say more ethical than most -- news reporter. Entertaining reading.

  • Toesnorth's mom
    2018-12-13 19:29

    good

  • Anne
    2018-12-15 20:18

    Very interesting. Makes me want to brush up on some history lessons though!

  • Kirstie
    2018-11-20 17:38

    Currently reading and so far very engaging. True history.