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Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  677 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
This memoir by Dan Rather is told in a straightforward and conversational voice, and covers all the important moments of his journalistic career, including a frank accounting of his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, new insights on the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan" as well as inside stories about ...more
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Published May 1st 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
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Aug 16, 2012 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book much, much more than I thought I would. Having spent several years in television news, I was especially fascinated by Rather's experiences as a reporter in the field. But I found myself equally interested in his time as a White House correspondent and his views on the trivialization, corporatization and politicization of the news.

Despite what anyone believes about his departure from CBS, he deserves tremendous respect for his determination to seek the truth and his loyalty t
Michael Todd
Apr 14, 2013 Michael Todd rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
In the last month, I've read Bob Schieffer's, Roger Mudd's and now, Dan Rather's memoirs. All three are similar in describing facts of events and how CBS News operated at the time. Sheiffer's is very down to earth and humorous, while Mudd's is a more straightforward style of writing. I enjoyed them both.

Rather writes in a more lyrical style, which is not surprising because he is known for his clever use of phrases on the air. What caught me off guard was his candor and deep descriptions of his
Patrick Nichol
May 19, 2012 Patrick Nichol rated it really liked it
Dan Rather is a professional storyteller, there's no dispute.
What heppened to him at CBS News is in dispute and that's why this memoir is an important work.
Granted, Rather Outspoken is Dan Rather's own spin on why he was asked to leave CBS News after a contentious story about President George W. Bush's National Guard Service.
The story was he was let go because the segment which said Bush had shirked his duty relied on documents later "discredited" in the blogosphere. CBS held an "independent' in
Jun 22, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
Dan Rather has been a news reporter for over 50 years and in all those years he has made a few enemies, from the KKK during the civil rights movement to President Nixon to members of George W. Bush's administration. He covers the reasons why in Rather Outspoken- My Life in the News, co-written with Digby Diehl.

There are several events in Rather's life that had a lasting impact on him, beginning with a bad case of rheumatic fever when he was a child that left him trapped in his home, unable to pl
Jun 23, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it
This book by one of the elder statesmen of American journalism is part memoir, part reflection, part ringing condemnation, and all Rather. Opening with the events that led to his ouster from CBS News, Rather then reverts back to his childhood and his early interest in reporting the news, following that love of journalism from elementary school into college and beyond. As Rather recounts the work of his early years at CBS (the civil rights movement, the Kennedy assassination, his time in Washingt ...more
Reese Copeland
Jun 11, 2012 Reese Copeland rated it it was ok
The book is ok. I used to watch Dan Rather growing up as I was a very odd child, watching the news instead of cartoons. It was interesting to read about his life, and his very clear work ethic. However, two things I did not like. First, remember all those odd catch phrases he'd have in the 2000 Elections? Yeah, I found a few of those in here. Not a lot, just enough to annoy me. THe second thing I didn't like, he led off with the whole document about Bush being AWOL including the faked documents. ...more
Not my cup of tea. Well read by Rather himself, but I didn't care for the way he kept sneaking up on things. Just lay out the facts, please. Instead he gives this big build up & makes a lot of oblique comments before getting to the point. It was quite underwhelming. I probably wouldn't have rated this, but he's been a good newsman for a long time & can deliver in the constraints of the TV news. He obviously didn't feel the need here. Wish he had.

Besides, I'm not particularly interested i
Jul 13, 2015 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most people who know me well know that I'm a die-hard Dan fan, so it probably won't come as a surprise that I really loved this book. But I think this would be a genuinely fascinating read for anyone interested in history and politics, and the sorry state of journalism today. The first few chapters on CBS's treatment of Dan's stories on Abu Ghraib and Bush's military service are particularly worth reading (or listening to--I went back and forth between a hard copy and an audiobook version read b ...more
Lanny Carlson
Aug 23, 2012 Lanny Carlson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding book!
The author provides us with insights into the process and perils of
investigative reporting, drawing from his own experiences in the South during the Civil Rights movement,the war in Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc.
He also provides the troubled state of the current news business,
which has increasingly become the tool of corporate and political interests.
Especially enlightening was his observations on the internet,
and how a single false report can be repeated so often that it takes
Jul 09, 2012 Marvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
While this was not the detailed behind-the-scene memoir I was looking for, it was still an informative and enjoyable read. Think of this as more of a fire-side reminiscence. Dan Rather concentrates mainly on the reason he left CBS and his report on Bush II's military service...or lack of. He seems bitter often, which he should be. But there are also some nice insights in this book on Rather's early career and two chapters on his take on the presidents from Eisenhower to Obama and how they treate ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dan Rather is not someone I would chose to learn more about, however I saw an interview on television and became intrigued. The book is fast moving and he reviews succinctly all the newsworthy events of my lifetime. As a retired teacher, I would strongly suggest high school students read this book to get to know the recent Presidents. Rather brings them to life in personality, administrations and accomplishments. Current events of the recent past come to life. Eve
Jun 12, 2012 Mlg rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Rather's account of how the news has changed from a public service and education orientation to a "serve the corporation's interests" mentality. He details the story of how he tried to break the news of Bush's AWOL year from the National Guard's champagne unit and the push back he got from Viacom, the parent company of CBS that was openly advocating the Republican candidate. Viacom at one point wanted an independent vetting of the story offering to give it to Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Roger A ...more
Aug 07, 2015 Phyllis rated it really liked it
Wonderful biography and his reporting on our nation's larger stories like civil rights, 9/11, Kennedy's assassination. Terrific insight as to what has happened to news reporting since Edward R. Murrow to present.

Plus the real story of how he got canned by CBS. Compelling read and the audio was read by Rather.
Aug 04, 2013 Sealove rated it it was amazing
An amazing life lived by a man of truth!

This bio was very well written and told by the author himself. We learned much about the history of broadcast journalism, but even more about its present challenges and issues.

What we took away from this was the idea to seek the truth and share it wisely and with care, as these aspects are leaving our popular culture for things like ratings and corporate agendas. Rather has lived a life that inspires and informs, while remaining humble and down to earth.
Susan Hatch
Jun 05, 2012 Susan Hatch rated it it was amazing
I have already strongly recommended this book to a few of my friends. Dan Rather who got skewered big time by CBS for telling the truth and then allowing him and a couple other reports take the fall. It's a fascinating read on how CBS dealt with news and changed as the world changed.

He tells of his experiences with each president of the US. And how he dealt with the various wars he covered, even being embedded.

He has very great kind words for his wife. And how she stood by him and bolstered him
Mar 26, 2016 Taylar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so engrossed in listening to the section on the Civil Rights Movement that I missed my exit and had a 40 minute detour to get home! But that just meant I had more time to enjoy Rather's voice and excellent telling of historic events. I had absolutely no idea what Rather had accomplished in his career and I miss reputable, truthful journalists like him. While I don't believe he's "liberal," I believe he does his research and the truth does drive him, allowing him to reflect on the downward ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Steve rated it did not like it
Perhaps the most important chapter in this latest Dan Rather tell-all is the epilogue. Here the legendary TV anchorman spells out in detail the reasons he wrote the first eleven chapters. Here we learn the incident that ignited Rather’s life-long passion for investigative reporting at the age of 20. Here we learn the requirements and the pitfalls of being an investigative reporter. And here we are warned against what the veteran broadcaster calls the “corporatization, politicization and triviali ...more
Ryan G
May 05, 2014 Ryan G rated it it was ok
I was going to start this review off with the last paragraph, but after some more thought, I decided it wouldn't be a fair way to start things off. Instead I'm going to admit why I wanted to read this particular book. I think, like most people who have picked Rather Outspoken up, I was wanting to hear Dan Rather's account of what happened behind the story that brought an end to his career at CBS. For that reason alone, I think this book is worth the read.

I was never one of those who thought Mr.
Lisa Boyd
Feb 26, 2015 Lisa Boyd rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Great book from a great journalist. If nothing more, it was a pleasure to hear his voice
Jun 19, 2014 Dennis rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The book is fast moving and he reviews concisely many of the newsworthy events of a baby boomer’s lifetime. Mr. Rather brings the stories to life in personality, administrations and important events. The news about civil rights and Watergate with his first hand perspective is exciting. He takes you behind the scenes, to experience the back-story behind the news presented by the media. His explanation of what and how the change in news coverage has become less inde ...more
Christine Grant
Sep 17, 2014 Christine Grant rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
For someone who says that he didn't have it out for the right, Rather surely does not contain his disdain. I orginally gave this book a chance, because I wanted to hear his point of view, and I hoped to learn more about his history of CBS news. I loved Barbara Walter's "Audition" where she shares her career in the news, and hoped that this book might be similar. I finished that book with a great deal of respect for Walter's if not a inkling of her personal political views. This was not that kind ...more
Jun 27, 2012 R. rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought I could not dislike George W. Bush more, Rather gave me new reasons to detest him. The book is artfully crafted and full of behind-the-scenes detail of the workings of major television network news. The book reveals the enormous power the White House can exert over the activities of the national media companies. I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in the relationship between government and big business and our free press.
Aug 12, 2015 Helene rated it really liked it
Don't miss this one
Feb 18, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Rather’s memoir posits some interesting arguments from a journalist’s perspective. He examines, in an overarching fashion, how journalism has left the constitutional role of serving the people as an independent branch to becoming a means by which those in power can push their respective politics. With some interesting stories and equally strong diatribes, Rather attempts to show how jaded things have become in the world of journalism over the past 60 years.

Let me be frank and admit that I have r
Lynn Alan Heath
May 23, 2015 Lynn Alan Heath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
After listening to Rather Outspoken, I can remember why I no longer watch the CBS Evening News. First of all Walter Cronkite had retired and secondly Viacom, the corporation that owns CBS, has made it clear that the news is not as important as their lobbying machine.
When Dan Rather and his news team broke the story about President Bush going AWOL for almost a year while in the National Guard they were not supported by the CBS executives but rather thrown to the wolves who had an organized blog
Jul 11, 2015 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't watch Dan Rather when he anchored the CBS news. I was a Peter Jennings fan. After listening to this book, I think I made a mistake. This was a fascinating discussion of journalism. Certainly he discusses his career and goes into great depth into the incident that cost him his job at CBS. While some may view his explanation as sour grapes, it makes total sense. When you look at how the Republican machine operates to discredit and spread lies about things they don't like, I can see how Pr ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read from a reporter's reporter. Rather, in his trademark square-shootin' style, blows away myths about his departure from CBS and his infamous report on George W. Bush's tenure with the Texas Air National Guard. He also highlights the fantastic work he and his team are doing on HDNet with "Dan Rather Reports."
White House Public Library
Mar 07, 2016 White House Public Library rated it really liked it
This is a must read for all Americans. You don't have to like politics, or even the news to appreciate this book. Dan Rather pulls no punches in the names he offers up to explain wrongs that were done. I was very surprised how open Rather was with names and events; more than most gossip books you will learn interesting and revealing facts about politicians and other famous people.

Additionally, Rather gives first hand accounts of political events and gives an honest and revealing account of the p
Doug Warren
May 25, 2015 Doug Warren rated it it was amazing
A second read through. I have to say as far as pertinent biographies go, this one is it.

I like how he ordered the book. The most germane stories, though chronologically at the end of his CBS career, began the book. It really set the perspective for the rest of the book. Throughout the book, his determination and passion really showed.

Killian document questions are answered. We see the back scene going on of reporting Abu Ghraib. And, of course, he answered the question that I went into the book
Jan 29, 2014 Stella rated it really liked it
I grew up in a CBS/Dan Rather house. I know Dan Rather's voice as well as my own parents. Dan Rather is the reason that I started studying journalism.
This is not a lighthearted look back as a career. This is a look into the life of an American journalist who received the short end of the stick from a company that he spent 40 years of his life working for. The government's influence on what is reported is not a new topic, but getting the 'inside' track from the man himself, was outstandingly inte
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Daniel Irvin Rather, Jr. is a former news anchor for the CBS Evening News and is now managing editor and anchor of a television news magazine, Dan Rather Reports, on the cable channel HDNet. Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from March 9, 1981 to March 9, 2005. He also contributed to CBS' 60 Minutes. Rather left CBS Evening News in 2005 and the network itself in 2006. On Sept ...more
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