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Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter's Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times

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An inspiring memoir from the front lines of history by award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley.

Don’t ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what’s the meaning of you?

With this provocative question, Truth Worth Telling introduces us to unforgettable people who discovered the meaning of their lives in the historic events of our times. A 60 Minutes correspondent
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Hanover Square Press
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Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An audio version of Truth Worth Telling by Scott Pelley, read by the author, is journalism the way journalism should be. The book is so well written, with so much caring for his subjects, that I took a break halfway through, needing some time to absorb the intensity of Pelley’s writing. This is a book that should be read by all who care for the world we live in. The reporting is accurate, intensive and sympathetic. In these troubled time, journalism has been denigrated and treated as being unimp ...more
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The opening essay in this collection of journalism pieces stitched loosely together to create a nonlinear memoir was one of the most difficult pieces of writing I've struggled to get through in a long time-- not because the writing was dense or hard to understand, but because it was so distressing, and so evocative of one of the most tragic moments in the recent history of the United States. Scott Pelley was at Ground Zero during 9/11 an
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I liked this book just fine, I'm not over the moon about it, though. It was well-written and informative. It was a little over the top regarding CBS News and 60 Minutes being so heroic, yadda yadda yadda. Having started my work life in journalism, I've read many books about journalists and their work. I've always noticed how each one is adamant that Media is the equivalent of one of the branches of government. Years ago I had a conversation with a European woman who was living and working in Ber ...more
Stewart Tame
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

The title is certainly accurate. These truths are indeed worth telling. Central to the book is the phrase, “Don't ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what's the meaning of you?” It's a question that will linger in the mind long after this book is finished.

The stories are about some of the most powerful events and people of the last several decades, and about those moments wherein people found their meaning.

Pelley writes
Patricia Romero
Don’t ask the meaning of life. Life is asking, what’s the meaning of you?

Journalist, Scott Pelley, is someone I have always respected. And counted on to give us the news and the story behind the news. The Truth.

Scott gives us true accounts of people changed forever by the events like The World Trade Center bombing, 9/11, fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq.

I found his telling of his own and others experiences on 9/11 to be difficult to read. The book is raw and unforgettable. Pelley has a writing styl
Review of the audiobook narrated by the author.

People, not politics. That simple sentence sums up Scott Pelley and what he is about. Every story he tells focuses is how the individual(s) were personally affected and its impact on the American people. Not to mention, he constantly goes out of his way to give credit to his colleagues behind the scenes that made each story possible. You would think he was a no-talent floating head by how incredibly humble he is, but that is obviously not the case.

Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Scott Pelley's (S.P.) memoir. He served as CBS Evening
News anchor. And he continues as a "60 Minutes"
correspondent. I realize he was/ is a serious-minded
man of integrity.

I don't expect a non-fiction book to be all roses and
rainbows. But this book had war (mostly Afghanistan
& Iraq), war torture, terrorism (9/11 etc), & domestic
terrorism (Oklahoma City bombing, Sandy Hook). I
learned some Afghan villagers got $10. ea. time he/she
planted a IED for the insurgents. Tempting when 54%
of this cou
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In case you weren’t aware of how much of their lives journalists put on the line when they cover stories, this book will be an eye opener. Scott Pelley takes us on his journey covering everything from rock stars to national tragedies to international war stories. He also shares his knowledge to aspiring writers and journalists. The takeaway from that is it’s better to be right than first on a breaking story. Very well written memoir by this award winning journalist.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew halfway through the first sentence of this book that it was going to be incredible, but honestly, it went far beyond that. This book was one of the hardest I think I’ve ever read—not because it’s a difficult read, but because it covers so much of the bad things that have happened over the last two decades in such intricate detail, before it turns around in the same chapter and offers insight as to how things can improve.
This book was powerful, insightful, and beautifully written. It was i
Betsy Crawford
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Scott Pelley’s “Truth Worth Telling” is more than just a journalist’s peek inside a “day-in-the-life.” The reader literally, goes along for a wild and incredible ride through some of the biggest news events of our lives (if your in your 50s at least!) I was completely drawn in by Pelley’s poignant description of September 11, 2001 and the behind the scenes details most people never knew.

I really appreciate the straightforward writing style and organization of events by chapter - no aimless wande
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I watched Scott Pelley when he was an anchor of the CBS evening news and I liked his reporting. His book provided interesting details about many of the stories he covered and prompted me to think differently about a number of issues. I love how he always gave credit to the many people with whom he worked and was so appreciative of their talent. I thought it was terrific that he commented on facts and didn't side with one political party. He enlightened me about the im ...more
Barbara Nutting
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and informative. I learned a lot from reading this book, about war and peace. It was a great look at some of the best news reporting in the past almost 30 years. I’ve always been a fan of 60 Minutes and Scott Pelley is one of the reasons why. Fair and square!!

From a moving account of 9/11 to his opinion of Trumps “gold” apartment- which he compared to Saddam Hussein’s garish palace! A very timely look at Bill Clinton’s impeachment, as we start this process again with another president
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such an excellent book, which was also a hard read.
It will change my lens as I look to the future.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020, own
In these times more than ever, books such as this focussing on the importance of journalistic integrity and clear, factual reporting. Pelley's memoir covers many of the biggest stories of these past several decades and an impressive career that has given him access to some of the most powerful and influential people involved in them. A compelling read. ...more
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I received my copy free through Goodreads Giveaways
Fred Forbes
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many stars does your flag have? Asking a question like that and reminding us that Americans, despite their political beliefs all serve a common country and the path to democracy is based on compromise with compromise based on suggestions from many sides of an issue. The extreme polarization, the preference for self affirming "news" from the echo chamber of opinion is not only inaccurate, it is dangerous.

The central message here is the value of, and the need to protect our freedom of the pres
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an eye opening narration of many of the author's experiences as a competent member of the fourth estate and both reminded and informed me of several contemporary issues that journalism exposed!
This native Texan mentioned his involvement with Marty Haag of local DFW broadcast fame with whom some in my family were acquainted along with other aspects of journalism in Texas but of course worldwide. I was angered to be reminded of the audacity of the Banking profession, the suppression of inf
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I highly recommend this book to anybody who has an interest in the history of the last 30 years, journalism, or who just likes a good story. It is a series of short stories about the stories Scott Pelley has covered throughout his career as a journalist as well as some of his own history. It was a gripping read that gave me the "feels" many times across the stories. ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can’t recommend enough

I’ve lived through the times Pelle writes about. But I only knew the surface. What he’s done here so well is to reveal what actually happened and in so doing deeply confirms my admiration for and appreciation of the need for a free press. I never realized what a hard, dangerous job it is. Thank you all!
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My gosh he is a hater of our military, our govt, and our people. First 3 chapters were awesome. The rest, not so much. I suffered through it.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Everybody should read! America needs to wake up and pay attention to what we say and do! This book gives some very interesting history of events he covered.
A solid book about journalism, a journalist and the most important events he covered in his career. He tackles a lot of topics and people he’s experienced in his job at CBS News and 60 Minutes. The most moving and heartbreaking are the events at the World Trade Center in 1993 and 2001. Troubling are his experiences with George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. What’s missing on purpose, is his lack of feeling and passion on the subjects. He feels a bout too much like 60 Mi ...more
Mary Vogelsong
A Review of Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times, by Scott Pelley. Audiobook, narrated by the author.

Scott Pelley, former anchor for the CBS evening news and part of the current 60 Minutes reporting team, has written a memoir of his storied career.

In Truth Worth Telling, Pelley gives us glimpses of his coverage of the White House, battle zones around the world, and the selection of Pope Francis; interviews with Nadia Murad who was kidnapped and raped
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Truth Worth Reading

Scott Pelley has written a book that ALL Americans should read! It is not only a very well written book regarding some of the more noteworthy news events of Mr Pelley's distinguished career as a professional journalist, but he also imparts literal examples of the basic human values and principles across our society of what it truly means to be a responsible functioning citizen of a free democracy. I believe, that Scott Pelley is a passionate American journalist who believ
As a journalist for CBS News and 60 Minutes for the last 30 years, Scott Pelley has had a front-row seat to some of the biggest news stories of our time. He's a good writer, and a good reporter, one with a conviction that the press must work for the people rather than for the government.

Frankly, this wasn't a book I was particularly interested in reading simply because I'm burned out on memoirs and politics -- Pelley was CBS's Chief White House Correspondent during the Clinton impeachment years
Aileen Elgie
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a keeper. Maybe you will go back to read again Bruce Springsteen's comments about music, or the day when Hillary barely missed being hit on the head by an overhead studio light, or maybe you think like I did, that I knew as much about 9/11 as I wanted to know- now I see it differently after reading Scott Pelley's chapter titled Gallantry. Step by step he makes order of absolute disorder. What looked to be total chaos as I watched on TV was, amazingly, supervised with the oversight o ...more
This is a very compelling narrative of many of the stories Pelley covered as a journalist. To me, the mark of a great story inspires you to read further, search deeper and come to terms with your beliefs. I found A Truth Worth Telling is such a story. He didn’t just report, he told us a great story.
Michael  Berquist
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review

"Only a free and unrestrained press cab effectively expose deception in government"

Throughout this book, veteran CBS news correspondent and editor, Scott Pelley recounts how he investigated various critical events from American history, from the Oklahoma bombing to Iraq to Sandy Hook and the 2016 election. Pelley lays out the facts and then recounts how he reacted to them and how his reporting impacted the perce
Jennifer Schmidt
Audiobook. Rises to the top of my favorite book so far of 2019. Recounting personal and vivid experiences in world events while making clear the importance of a free press in today's post truth era. Love that the author narrated it. Listened while doing field work.

"The United States almost alone today, offers the liberty and privileges and the tools of freedom. In this land the citizens are still invited to write their plays and books, to paint their pictures, to meet for discussion, to dissent
Donna Wetzel
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks Goodreads for my copy of Truth Worth Telling: A Reporters Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times by Scott Pelley. First a confession; I have been an avid 60 Minutes viewer and a huge fan of Scott Pelley for a great many years. It is not surprising therefore that I absolutely loved this book by Scott Pelley. Many people in recent years, myself included, have become disillusioned by the biased reporting by some news outlets and unreliable news found on Facebook and other internet si ...more
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