A Reporter's Life
On Sale: November 5, 2007
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An intimate, comprehensive portrait of the late, legendary
journalist and news anchor in the words of his family,
friends, and colleagues.
Peter Jennings was the sole
anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until
his death from cancer in 2005. For many Americans, he was
the voice and face that gave shape and meaning to every
day's news. But who was Peter Jennings really? In this
absorbing biography, readers will get to know Jennings
through the memories of his friends, family, competitors,
colleagues, and interview subjects. Their stories are full
of surprises. Jennings, we learn, was a high school dropout
who spent the rest of his life in pursuit of knowledge. He
traveled the world in search of stories, a notebook
perpetually thrust through his back belt loop. In his front
pocket, he carried a miniature copy of the Constitution, a
testament to his love for the United States; a Canadian by
birth, Jennings acquired American citizenship in 2003.
Peter Jennings was a celebrity, of course--a dashingly
handsome and elegant man, famous for his ability to charm
women and world leaders alike--but in these pages he is
remembered as a loyal friend and a devoted family man, who
loved nothing more than to canoe with his kids and listen to
jazz with his friends in the Hamptons. Not that he was the
relaxing sort. Jennings was a task-master, who ripped other
reporters' pieces to shreds, forcing them to rewrite from
the ground up. He was a perfectionist, too, who drove his
fellow correspondents crazy with his adlibbed questions on
the air. It was all about standards. Throughout his life,
Peter Jennings was driven by a passion to seek the truth and
convey that truth accurately, simply, cleanly, and elegantly
to his American audience. He was our voice.
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