ISBN: 1627791507
EAN13: 9781627791502
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 11, 2022
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning coauthor of All the President's Men--the chronicle of the investigative report about the Watergate break-in and resultant political scandal which led to President Richard Nixon's resignation--recalls his formative years as a teenage newspaper reporter in JFK's Washington--a tale of adventures, scrapes, clever escapes, and the opportunity of a lifetime.

Carl Bernstein, Washington Star.

With these words, the sixteen-year-old senior at Montgomery Blair High School set himself apart from the high school crowd and set himself on a track that would define his life. Carl Bernstein was far from the best student in his class--in fact, he was in danger of not graduating at all--but he had a talent for writing, a burning desire to know things that other people didn't, and a flair for being in the right place at the right time. Those qualities got him inside the newsroom at the Washington Star, the afternoon paper in the nation's capital, in the summer of 1960, a pivotal time for America, for Washington, D.C., and for a young man in a hurry on the cusp of adulthood.

Chasing History opens up the world of the early 1960s as Bernstein experienced it, chasing after grisly crimes with the paper's police reporter, gathering colorful details at a John F. Kennedy campaign rally, running afoul of union Read More chevron_right

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   Surprisingly, a super book for teenagers
Chasing History teaches us what can be gained by really bearing down in whatever you're doing, he said. He was there when I was a kid and he was a star. We were in the copyboy and then dictationist gang, Hughes said. Most of us went into interesting lives but I dont think any of us were as single-minded as Carl in making opportunities at the Star, he said. If you're on the young side, do you know Carl Bernstein? Journalists have a reputation for being unreliable, and few would dispute that Woodward and Bernstein were at the center of the story. Richard Nixon was president of the United States. It's just that you never know." If you get a kick of the book, you can apply it to any item in your house. I'm not sure your teachers will Carl and school were not a good match, Mr. Carl said. The photo was taken on Oct. 12, 2001, just hours after the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.
   Terrific, interesting history
Yes, he has been a good reporter, but he has also been personally annoying in ways that became public. I think this book put me back in the long list of people who admire him. He joined the paper world when he was a teenager who, like many kids, simply refused to go to school. His instincts were perfect, the report said. He could be enormously annoying, even to the point where people complain. The book will make you laugh and you will learn. It's great to hear from Dr. Goin that people recommend it.
   Nostalgia to the max.
If you know anything about Washingtin during the years 1960 to 1965, I would love to hear from you. Not all a political book, but a memoir of his days at the Washington Star when they published five editions a day, days before television and the internet has largely put out of business. Think of all that happened during those years: The rise of the Vietcong, the Japanese invasion, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the emergence of the Vatican and the ascension of Pope John Paul II. A book for people my age, 83, and for aspiring journalists who want to know what the news business used to be and for any high school student who is curious about what to become.
Note that this does not include his early years in the music industry. In a generous gesture of uncharacteristic compassion, McCartney asked: "Do you think that this was a good Samaritan?"
   Great read for anyone interested in journalism...or anyone who likes great memoirs.
Carl and I were best friends. Yes, it's a great trip down memory lane. Carl started at the Evening Star as a copyboy in 1960 and worked his way up to become a reporter. I still vividly recall the reporters, editors, and I were reminded of the magic of Carl's command of writing. I knew I wouldn't be able to put it down.
   Fascinating account of Carl Bernstein's early newspaper days and 1960s America
Chasing History is the best type of memoir, which is one that works on multiple levels, Raymond said. Beyond that, Bernstein has vividly woven together the story of America - and Washington especially - during the first half of the 1960s. Told through the eyes of an enthusiastic kid who happened upon a chance to witness history up close, readers get a unique account of this transformative period in American history. Whether you're a history buff or just a fan of Bernstein, this is a great read.