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The Good Times

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  235 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In this sequel to GROWING UP, Russell Baker relates the striving of his early career and contrasts it to the country's sunny years under Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy. Baker rose steadily, from newsboy to college paper, from police reporter to rewrite man, from White House correspondent to Washington columnist. In outline these stages read like a successful resume, but it ...more
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Published July 9th 1994 by Random House Value Publishing (first published June 1989)
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Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
I began reading this book twice. I hate reading something and not finishing it, so I tired and tried. It actually gets a bit less dry as the chapters move along. I was unaware at first that this was an autobiography, and indeed it does read like a curriculum vitae. It tells us the story of Russel Baker, who is at first driven to "do well"by his mother and then by his inner guardian. His "arch enemy" is his cousin Edwin, who was a very well known managing editor for the Times. Russell begins his ...more
I read Russell Baker's column in the NYTs and was connected. So, I read this and more...

I'm aging myself!
Jan 11, 2014 Camille rated it really liked it
Thoughtful, insightful, endearing and so simply and well-written. I reflected on the history of the USA in the 20th century via a newspaper reporter/columnist perspective. I look forward to reading Russell Baker's Growing Up (he received Pulitzer prize) again as well as There's a Country in My Cellar (includes much of his column for the NYT).
Diana Nieto
May 14, 2016 Diana Nieto rated it it was amazing
Russell Baker's "The Good Times" is a classic, intelligent ,comedic read.
Nov 14, 2014 Mshelton50 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and interesting read. While not quite as moving as "Growing Up," the book is fascinating on many levels, not least Baker's time as head of the Sun's London Bureau. I highly recommend it.
Diane Wachter
Russell Baker, HB-B, @ 1989, 1/90. Picking up where Growing Up left off, Journalist Russell Baker tells the story of his adult life as a journalist in Baltimore. Very good.
Apr 22, 2012 Garima rated it really liked it
Nice read........ but after reading Growing up by the same author lot of renundant information is there... i would suggest that only on of the book should be read...
May 18, 2012 Cathi rated it really liked it
Russell Baker's autobiography, Growing Up, is one of my all-time favorite books. This is the sequel to that book--good, but not nearly as satisfying as Growing Up.
Melinda McLaughlin
Apr 10, 2012 Melinda McLaughlin rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Recommended by my journalist husband, this was an enjoyable trip into the past. Light reading though, so definitely appropriate for beaches, airplanes, etc.
Michael Petrie
Jan 28, 2013 Michael Petrie rated it liked it
Follow up to a book I really liked, Growing Up. The Good Times not as good, but I still enjoyed it.
Mike Violano
Feb 26, 2010 Mike Violano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most enjoyable memoir of growing up as a journalist/humorist in America the 50s & 60s.
Dec 14, 2009 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who knew a stodgy writer writing about himself could be this entertaining?
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Oct 23, 2013 Robert Kradoska rated it really liked it
He was born inn 1925, 5 years older than me
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Aug 06, 2007 Andrew Kramcsak rated it it was amazing
Favorite memoirist. I wish he wrote more.
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Not really my type of book.
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On August 14, 1925, US journalist, humorist and biographer Russell Baker was born in Loudoun County, Virginia. His father died early on and his hard-working mother reared him and his sisters during the Great Depression. Baker managed to get himself into Johns Hopkins University, where he studied journalism.

Baker’s wit as a humorist has been compared with that of Mark Twain. “The only thing I was f
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