Father and Son--Lessons of Life
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"The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.
Hardly a day goes by when I donít remember something that
Big Russ taught me."
Over the last two decades,
Tim Russert has become one of the most trusted and admired
figures in American television journalism. Throughout his
career he has spent time with presidents and popes, world
leaders and newsmakers, celebrities and sports heroes, but
one person stands out from the rest in terms of his strength
of character, modest grace, and simple decencyóRussertís
dad, Big Russ.
In this warm, engaging memoir,
Russert casts a fond look back to the 1950s Buffalo
neighborhood of his youth. In the close-knit Irish-Catholic
community where he grew up, doors were left unlocked at
night; backyard ponds became makeshift ice hockey rinks in
winter; and streets were commandeered as touch football
fields in the fall. And he recalls the extraordinary example
of his father, a WWII veteran who worked two jobs without
complaint for thirty years and taught his children to
appreciate the values of self-discipline, of respect, of
loyalty to friends.
Big Russ and Me, written in
Russertís easygoing, straight-talking style, offers an
irresistible collection of personal memories. Russert
recalls the dedicated teachers who stimulated his
imagination and intellect, sparking a lifelong passion for
politics and journalism, and inspired a career that took him
from editor of his elementary school newspaper to moderator
of Meet the Press.
It has been an eventful and
deeply satisfying journey, but no matter where his career
has taken him, Russertís fundamental values still spring
from that small house on Woodside Avenue and the special
bond he shares with his fatheróa bond he enjoys now with his
own son. As Tim Russert celebrates the indelible connection
between fathers and sons, readers everywhere will laugh,
cry, and identify with the lessons of life taught by the
indomitable Big Russ.
Inside Edition - June 16, 2008
Good Morning America - June 14, 2008
Today - June 14, 2008
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - June 13, 2008
Extra - June 13, 2008
Imus in the Morning - September 2, 2006
Imus in the Morning - June 12, 2006
Imus in the Morning - May 15, 2006
Imus in the Morning - April 19, 2006
Imus in the Morning - April 10, 2006
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