Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism - Bob Edwards

I like to re-read this one every couple of years.  Murrow is a founding father of broadcast journalism, both radio and TV. His biography is riveting and Edwards' closing essay on the future of broadcast journalism is enlightening--and it really explains why I so dislike TV news broadcasts. The best part of listening to this book rather than reading it, is that when the author refers to a particular broadcast--such as his historic live broadcast during the Blitz, his description of going on a bombing run into German, his visit to one of the concentration camps --you get to hear the original broadcast. They send chills down my spine every time.

 

Five stars -- very well-written, long enough to cover the subject; short enough to keep your attention. Get the audio version if you can.