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This memoir by Dan Rather - one of the most pre-eminent journalists of our time - is told in a straightforward and conversational manner. Rather, - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.
Also included are Dan's thoughts and reflections on the state of journalism today and what he sees for its future, as well as never-before-revealed personal observations and commentary.
©2012 Dan Rather (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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By J. James-Long on 05-07-12

Excellent first-hand exploration of media today

I just finished reading this book. I recommend it to anyone who wonders how corporations influence the media. What I took away from the book is the following:

The fourth part of checks and balances in this country is a free press. It is enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and is an integral part of informed voting and participation in our democracy. The public is entitled to receive information, despite making angry those who don't wish certain information to be known. Oftentimes, it is precisely that hidden information that MUST be known. The corporatization, trivialization, politicization of the press is a serious national problem that continues to grow worse. The problem is that the public is becoming more and more desensitized to the sensationalistic corporate "news" being aired today.

Lots more than that, but you'll have to listen for yourself.

A most excellent book.

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By Vicki F-S on 05-15-12

Speaking truth to power and the cost.

If you could sum up Rather Outspoken in three words, what would they be?

Wake up call!!

Have you listened to any of Dan Rather’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Rather is rooted in the great age of journalism, He crossed swords with powerful corporate and governmental interests in his attempt to get at the truth during the G W Bush administration, and he paid a heavy price. This is a great story. Rather is a great man and a great American.

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By jeffrey on 06-16-12

The voice of truth - Great book

I will say this for every audiobook: When you listen to a biography that is read by the person the book is about, you cannot help enjoying it. In this case this is a well written, well read, story, As a US expat, I and most Americans looked to Dan Rather for the truth about the goings on in America. His is a heartbreaking story with a happy ending. I highly recommend it even if you are not that familiar with who Dan is.

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