NBC-TVUs senior vice Washington bureau chief and host of "Meet the Press" offers an intensely personal and charming memoir of American life in the 1950s and the special bond he shares with his fatherQthe irrepressible Big Russ. From the lessons he learned from his father and his Catholic upbringing to his passion for the Buffalo Bills and the New ...
NBC-TVUs senior vice Washington bureau chief and host of "Meet the Press" offers an intensely personal and charming memoir of American life in the 1950s and the special bond he shares with his fatherQthe irrepressible Big Russ. From the lessons he learned from his father and his Catholic upbringing to his passion for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Yankees to the grace of daily obligations and patriotism, Russert's reflections hit the very epicenter of American values. Includes 16 pages of color and b&w photos. 1-40135-208-1$22.95 / Time Warner Book Group
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I purchased 3 cd audio books for my husband and brothers. I very much enjoyed Tim Russert reading his story of the relationship he developed with his Dad and later on in life, with his son. The story took me back to my younger years, which were the 60?s, and the turbulent times of that era. Many of the family situations he and his Dad encountered reminded me of my own family at that period in time. I would recommend this book to anyone who values the relationship between a son and father or who anticipates becoming a father. Truly sad that Tim Russert passed away, way before his time.
Aug 13, 2007
Great read !!!
This is another of those "hard to put it down" books. What did I enjoy about it? Probably the most important thing was the relationship Tim Russert had with his father. There are many instances we can all relate to. I plan to recommend the book to my Son in hopes he'll retain some ideas for the rearing of our grandson. I have a new respect for the author after reading the book and learning about his life...even though I was already a regular viewer of his TV news program. My wife is currently reading and enjoying the book. After reading the book you will know Tim Russert.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-04-05 Meet the newsman's father in this stupendously entertaining book. The senior Tim Russert served in WWII, married and settled in South Buffalo, N.Y., worked days for the Sanitation Department, drove a night truck for the local evening paper and raised four kids. The younger Russert's memoir begins as a tribute to his dad and the lessons he taught through the years, but also takes ample time to tell how Russert junior grew up and became the moderator of Meet the Press. His neighborhood in the 1950s was tightly knit, Irish Catholic and anchored by the institutions of marriage, family, church and school. Nuns and Legionnaires shaped young Russert's character; in high school, his Jesuit instructors strengthened and solidified it. John Kennedy's short life and career still resonated when Russert began law school in 1970. He worked on Daniel Patrick Moynihan's 1976 campaign, then on the senator's staff. A friend of Moynihan provided the link that brought Russert to NBC and the Today show. He first appeared as a panelist on Meet the Press in 1990, becoming moderator in 1991. Throughout his private and public life, Russert continually turned to his father for advice, and the older man's common sense served the younger pretty much without fail. The memoir is candid and generous, so warm-hearted that readers should forgive the occasional didactic touch (and it's a soft touch). There are hard ways to learn life lessons; fortunately, readers have Russert to thank for sharing his with them. 16 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW. Agent, Bob Barnett. (May 10) Forecast: Ads in the national press as well as the Buffalo News, along with TV satellite and radio drive time tours, and a 17-city author tour, should help Russert's memoir to take off. Readers of Tom Brokaw's books will enjoy it, as will dads of all ages. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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