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Conversations with Cronkite Intimate Revealing Candid Published by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History Conversations with Cronkite gives readers a rare glimpse into the life and times of Walter Cronkite in his own words The book contains selections from interviews between the legendary journalist and an experienced oral historian Cronkite's friend Dr Don CarletonWith the publication of Conversations with Cronkite readers have the opportunity to discover the behind the scenes stories of his life edited by Carleton to focus on key events issues and themes More than just oral history transcripts these are the intimate conversations of two friends covering virtually every aspect of Cronkite's life and career Illustrated with photographs and archival treasures from the Cronkite Papers Conversations with Cronkite gives readers the opportunity to once again hear the voice of the most trusted man in AmericaWalter Cronkite onHis famous sign off And that's the way it isI didn't clear it with CBS in any way I started using it and Richard Salant said This presupposes that everything we said is right that that's the whole picture of the day's news I don't really think you ought to be doing that I think he was correct But the thing had already caught on It really was just rolling So I got to kind of a point of being stubborn about it and said Well I like it Salant said Well it's up to you He let it go It has been much criticized by serious television critics because of that argument that it was presumptive that everything we said is correct Which was wrong I shouldn't have said that And particularly when we got into controversial subjects like the Vietnam War In fact there's a New Yorker cartoon with a guy coming half out of his chair and shouting at his television saying That's NOT the way it isBeing a United Press reporter during the Battle of the Bulge in World War IIGod it was cold We looked like Washington's army at Valley Forge At one point the troops I was with entered a town and we got into a fire fight right away It was very intense My driver and I hopped out of our jeep and got in behind a doorway The Germans were at one end of the main street and it was a pretty good fire fight I looked up and saw a GI leaning out taking a shot or two I knew this was a story I yelled out What's your name soldier Colonel Jones I said Where are you from what outfit are you with He said Mr Cronkite I'm your driverOn Fidel CastroHe was fascinated about my war experience Fascinated about the landings in Normandy A real war buff At one point I said I've been in a lot of Communist countries including living two years in Moscow I have yet to see a Communist country that understood the necessity of maintenance of buildings or anything else Castro threw up his hands and said Oh boy I know that It's absolutely terrible I said Well why is it Castro said First of all it's inherent in the idea of Communism People don't own things so they don't take care of them That's the answer you capitalists give but it's true

3 thoughts on “Conversations with Cronkite

  1. Christina Christina says:

    Very interesting interviews with Walter Cronkite Dan Carleton did his homework before these interviews and wasn’t afraid to ask hard uestions But I learned that I don’t love reading entire books in a A format Probably should have read this as a companion to Cronkite’s autobiography as recommended rather than as a stand alone book

  2. Paul Delacruz Paul Delacruz says:

    An interesting lifelong perspective of historical events through the eyes of Walter Cronkite

  3. Reader57 Reader57 says:

    Walter was charged with writing his autobiography so me years ago He couldn't seem to just pull memories out his head So he enlisted a guy to research his life and ask interview him The recorded interviews helped him write his autobiography These are the transcripts of those interviews If you a Cronkite fan you'll really like this book as you get his real opinion on those news stories he reported objectively along with personal tidbits There just aren't any news people I trust today like I did Walter

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