The Murrow Boys: Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism
... Murrow's opening … "This … is London" … delivered often with the sound of bombs in the background
... radio correspondents dug out stories with their reporting, wrote the scripts, and spoke on the air … creating a sense of immediacy
... Murrow's guidance … use language and images that are informative and compelling to you (the broa ...more
Murrow and the aura of integrity became an icon that modern broadcasters tried to emulate and idolize. Dan Rather “donned the mantle so often in public” that ...more
The book is an excellent tale of the lives of the men and women Ed Murrow corralled at the start of World War II, their invention of radio news reporting, and the mann ...more
For me personally, the second half of the book is less compelling. I enjoyed learning about these men and how their lives and careers proceeded in the post war years, but it was more fragmented. As some of them left CBS I found myself loosing the thread of each story. I don't thin ...more
LO./SC. Have collaborated on a factual account of the Murrow. Boys, as they were known, before, during and after World War II. These men were the father's of journalism, written journalism, not what you see today. The gentlemen presented the facts and let the truths speak for themselves. In the early 50's television broadcasting began and if you knew what yellow journalism is you would see it daily on TV. The days of the Murror. Boys were be ...more
The Murrow Boys is effectively a history of broadcast news, distilled through the lens of the few men, led by Ed Murrow, who changed the way it was delivered. Tracing their ascent as the first celebrity repo ...more
I remember a lot of these reporters at the end of their careers. Fascinating to read how they all started and what happened throughout their long careers. I think the news anchors and reporters today could learn a great deal from this book. I agree with this book that today's news broadcasts are totally lacking in reporting the news. I want news NOT celebrity gossip. Why are things happening, what are the implications, is there a history behind it. That's what I want. ...more
But there was. The Murrow Boys is a well-written, moving –sometimes gripping – true story that helped me better understand the huge role Edward R. Murrow and the American writers he recruited to cover events in Europe and Asia had in shaping public opinion about our involvement in WWII.
The authors of this book worked in print journalism an ...more
This is a great blow-by-blow accounting of how Ed Murrow & his boys ushered America into the age of radio journalism during WW II, and incidentally pushed CBS to the top of the news heap, where it would stay till that new-fangled TV pushed its way into our conscious.
This book covers the story of Murrow's young men who reported the news on CBS during World war 2. It also describes their careers after the war and follows each of them until death. It is an interesting story and one which shows how little game means ...more
Told me very much about the CBS team before and after WW2 and about the voices and faces of the men who I've collected a great deal of old news shows its into their story's in great detail and is well worth reading and I intend to read more by these authors ...more
I was born and raised in and around Los Angeles and graduated as an English major from Pepperdine College. After college, I was a naval officer for six years.
I am also a former journalist (the Monterey Peninsula Herald, Time magazine, the Washington Star, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner) and, now, am the author or co-author of books, both fiction and non-fiction. With my wife -- the writer and his...more