Bob Schieffer's America by Bob Schieffer.

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      Collection of commentaries of Schieffer's "final thoughts" with which he closed his broadcast on Face the nation beginning in 1994.
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      9781410411617 (hardcover : alk. paper : large print)
      1410411613 (hardcover : alk. paper : large print)
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Booklist Reviews 2008 August #1

When Richard Nixon died in 1994, CBS newsman and host of Face the Nation Schieffer felt the occasion called for some closing remarks at the end of the news broadcast, the first time since the retirement of Eric Sevareid in 1977 that CBS News closed with commentary. From that time on, Schieffer offered the occasional closing commentary on everything from politics to war to the news business itself. Most of the 168 essays in this collection were culled from those broadcasts, and they offer a broad range of perspectives on diverse topics, some reflecting changes in Schieffer's sentiments over the years and some showing steadfast concern. Among the subjects of these pithy essays are campaign reform, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, tax policy, school vouchers, and common sense. He precedes each chapter with commentary, updating readers on new developments or the lack thereof. The essays are thoughtful, engaging, and often humorous as Schieffer looks back on 40 years of covering Washington and the nation's hinterlands, noting that he has found “more to  celebrate than to lament.” A solid follow-up to his earlier best-selling memoir, This Just In (2003). Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2008 May #1

Face the Nation anchor Schieffer, who's been closing his program with a commentary since Nixon's death in 1994, here offers 168 of his best comments. With a national tour. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

PW Reviews 2008 August #2

Veteran CBS newsman and Frontline anchor Schieffer (This Just In ) compiles 168 essays spanning his career from the Nixon administration to the present day. He reminisces about the pretelevision era when politicians "had to be entertaining to hold a crowd"; with tongue-in-cheek rhetoric, the author creates his own exploratory committee because "everyone else seems to be doing it.... and people for some reason send them million of dollars." In a critique of the current administration, Schieffer laments that "we had elected an administration that feared the future." The hypocrisy of American foreign policy is brought to the forefront in a discussion about democracy, war and the loss of humanity in politics. As an ardent fan of human interest journalism, comic personal writing and America, Schieffer portrays citizens optimistically while harshly criticizing the current policies in Washington. Schieffer's ruminations are appealing (though hardly groundbreaking), but a choppy organization and a tendency toward repetition and overemphasis on a few themes detract from an otherwise humorous, albeit simple, collection of essays. (Sept.)

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