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Charles Kuralt's American Moments

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
To many, Charles Kuralt was the real and true voice of America, a man often compared to Mark Twain, Will Rogers, John Steinbeck, and Ernie Pyle.Kuralt's last television and book project was a series of short television spots called "An American Moment with Charles Kuralt". They were syndicated to news stations around the country, beginning in January of 1997 and running th ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 24th 1998 by Simon & Schuster (first published November 1st 1995)
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Jun 01, 2012 Annie rated it liked it
A nice, quick read. It was a trip through America, and a trip back in time. I enjoyed reading every little vignette. Gives you a different perspective on American life that was at one time and, amazingly, actually still is. I can still hear his voice, and that is the way to read this book, with Charles Kuralt narrating the words for you.
Apr 09, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it
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Wow. Charles Kuralt has been dead for 18 years as of this writing. I remember enjoying him on CBS News Sunday Morning which I considered a respectable show even if it didn't give you the heaviest hitting news. In fact it was because it didn't give into sensationalism that I considered it respectable. This book has the same tone as portions of that show.

I always enjoyed Kuralt's style of speaking and it works just fine when written. I kept hearing Charles Osgood's voice as I read the book, but th
Jun 07, 2008 Maurean rated it liked it
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As I said, “Charles Kuralt’s American Moments” is a collection of his stories of America, given in what were to be ninety-second long broadcast’s; a brief but lasting impression of his views on the American spirit and the people who create it. From the Cape of Disappointment in Washington State, to the deer of the lower Keys of Florida; from Mr. Ralph Woodside, who repairs victrolas in his Georgetown, Mass. workshop, to Naomi Lewis, the postmaster in Ochopee, FL., the smallest post office in the ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Chandler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming tales of the American spirit through roads less traveled. Kuralt was a one of a kind American treasure that will never be replicated. No one else could describe the odd, unique, or just plain mundane quite like Kuralt. This reads like a good travel guide to see the America that AAA or any other guidebook will not point you to.
Sep 14, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a compilation of Charles Kuralt's ninety second TV anecdotes that he presented over the years. They are pure Americana telling about people, places and things that truly reflect the lifeblood of our nation. The book is a quick, light read.
Nov 05, 2013 Terry rated it it was ok
Vignettes about places, people, and things that struck Kuralt's fancy and represent what is good about America. This are such sketchy vignettes that they don't really add much to our knowledge of America life.
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Nov 19, 2012 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
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Little essays on America that are almost short poems.
Todd Ryan
Sep 24, 2016 Todd Ryan rated it it was ok
I loved Charles Kuralt, but this book was disappointing. It was basically the text for the 30 second segments they used to air. Impossible to get interested or learn anything from the stories.
Michael  Skoien
May 03, 2016 Michael Skoien rated it it was amazing
American icon who finds the "real" America and its people and places..
Nov 30, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorites.
May 03, 2011 Cathyz rated it it was amazing
been a while since I've read this book, but I remember how much I enjoyed it. good stories about real people who make America what it is.
Feb 20, 2009 Brandon rated it did not like it
Talk about slap-dash! This is basically just the transcipts of a handful of TV segments he did.
Joseph Burt
Feb 15, 2016 Joseph Burt rated it liked it
Good read, I liked the brevity of the articles but enjoyed the scope of the work.
Feb 12, 2011 Tom rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kuralt relates tales of the American people as only a great storyteller can
Feb 04, 2014 Philip rated it really liked it
I never viewed the authors tv travel shows....The places visited in the book were short but wetted the appetite enough to be romanticized enough to visit or read more about.
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Charles Kuralt was an award-winning American journalist. He was most widely known for his long career with CBS, first for his "On the Road" segments on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, and later as the first anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning, a position he held for fifteen years.

Kuralt's "On the Road" segments were recognized twice with personal Peabody Awards. The first, awarded in 1968
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