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Rather Outspoken Audiobook

Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Dan Rather (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    jeffrey 16/06/2012
    jeffrey 16/06/2012
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    "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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  • J. James-Long
    Portland, OR United States
    07/05/12
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    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Vicki F-S
    15/05/12
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    "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?

    No


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

    No


    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pam
    Redmond, WA, United States
    06/06/12
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    "Better than expected !!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rather Outspoken to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Although I will not be able to read the printed version. I love to listen to Dan Rather.He is an amazing story teller.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked all of it, and will re-listen to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scenes, just great stories. An eye opener of inside journalism and our media, and how things are not always as we hear or see them. Our US network media does a lot of cut and paste.


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

    It was perfect. I will re-listen to this book again.


    Any additional comments?

    It's perfect! Thank you Mr. Rather.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Marianne Murphy Zarzana
    04/03/17
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    "Preach, Dan Rather - Democracy Needs Your Voice"

    When I was marching in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Women's March on Jan. 21, 2017, a fellow marcher recommended this book. What a timely read. I teach journalism at the college level, and I will recommend this book to all my students. Dan Rather is one of my heroes, and reading this book only deepened my respect for him and my gratitude for his legacy. I loved listening to him tell his own story too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David P. McGivern
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    18/07/12
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    "Engaging!"

    I am Canadian, and grew up with the CBC, not CBS. So I bought this on a whim. What a great surprise. Mr Rather was much more interesting than I had anticipated, and - though melodramatic in parts - presents a compelling argument ( I say as a lawyer) that he was not treated well by CBS. ( As a trial lawyer I found this - which takes up the first 50% of the overall book- interesting but can understand lots will not). The second part of the book - his experinces in the Kennedy, Nixon, years, his time in Vietnam etc - well worth the time to listen. I found his character part of the appeal, surprisingly so. Less ego than I had anticipated.

    And above all - what a treat to listen to that voice!

    High recommendation

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Donna
    LaPorte, IN, United States
    28/05/12
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    "A must read."
    If you could sum up Rather Outspoken in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, shocking, disturbing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rather Outspoken?

    Learning how news media controls what US citizens are and aren't privy to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Whatever happened to our free press?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • geffrey
    KENT, WA, United States
    08/05/12
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    "An compelling, authoritative listen!"

    I stumbled across this excellent audiobook - equal parts personal memoir and professional wake-up call to fellow U.S. journalists - entirely by chance and was hooked instantly just listening to the preview. Rather's telling of his life's work and travels here and abroad, are recalled in his trademark no-nonsense fashion, seasoned with just the kind of behind-the-scene anecdotes and details that keep you paying close attention, chapter after chapter. From covering the White House, to Vietnam, 9/11, Afghanistan and so many more, he shares the stories behind the stories, and in doing so paints a vivd self-portrait of a devoted journalist (and Texan) borne of an unflinching, old-fashioned patriotism as well as a confessed obsession to "get it right", in many cases no matter the consequences, personally or professionally.

    Just as importantly, Rather makes a strong case for how the last two-decades have dealt wicked blows to our free press, an institution he (rightfully) views as an integral part of our democratic process, and one in peril. His detailed recounting of his personal experiences with the Viacom-owned CBS contains revelations both stunning and sobering, and no doubt serve the perfect example of our need to preserve a press that is free of manipulation - and outright control - by a government which has strayed dangerously far from it's constitutional roots to become "... of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations."

    This is an engrossing, and important, listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • suewatson
    FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA, United States
    23/06/13
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    "Really enjoyed this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Rather Outspoken the most enjoyable?

    The book is a series of stories with such relevance to todays world, and todays news.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved this historical perspective he gave of news events over the past 30+ years, especially his take on the presidents.


    What does Dan Rather bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is believable and sincere


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The lawsuit with CBS. His perspective on the intrusion of corporations into the newsroom is a sad commentary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eli Harris
    San Antonio, TX
    31/05/13
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    "And What a Life It's Been..."

    A timely, important work by one of the most talented and dedicated journalists of our time, this is an excellent memoir, as well as a clarion call for anyone concerned with the state of journalism today.

    Dan Rather has been a household name for many years now, but nevertheless I hadn't realized the depth and breadth of his work. What a life, what a legacy. Rather took his cue in part from the legendary "Murrow Boys," and it shows.

    Rather details his time at CBS, including his eventual departure, as well as coverage of Abu Ghraib, Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard, the civil rights movement, and years of reportage from war zones across the globe, and interweaves his views on journalism in general and the importance of a robust free press in particular.

    Throughout the book, Rather's integrity, fierce dedication and drive to report the news, to tell people what they need to know, as an agent of the public interest, shine through. His narration of the audio book is excellent; it's his story, and he conveys the narrative and the emotion of the events well, in his distinctive "Dan Rather, CBS News," voice.

    This excellent book is the result of a life well lived, and should be read far and wide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam Motes
    Tampa
    21/02/13
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    "Rather good listen"

    Much of the book focuses on the unceremonious ouster of Rather from CBS after what he called undue influence from the Bush administration after damning reports on Bush and his cabinet. The book also does a good job of giving Rather's formative years of building his career as well as his second act with HD Net thanks to Mark Cuban. Rather gives great personal memories into the major events of history from someone in a front row seat to the events that changed our world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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