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The Good Times

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  208 ratings  ·  13 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 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
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).
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.
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...
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
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
Follow up to a book I really liked, Growing Up. The Good Times not as good, but I still enjoyed it.
Mike Violano
Most enjoyable memoir of growing up as a journalist/humorist in America the 50s & 60s.
Who knew a stodgy writer writing about himself could be this entertaining?
Robert Kradoska
He was born inn 1925, 5 years older than me
Andrew Kramcsak
Favorite memoirist. I wish he wrote more.
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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