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Book Title: David Brinkley|
ISBN 13: 9780679406938
The author of the book: David Brinkley
Date of issue: October 10th 1995
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Really interesting tidbits about some of the major events and major players of the mid-to-late 20th century, as well as a nice behind the scenes peek at the early television industry. I was too young to pay close attention to Brinkley when he was on in prime time, but from what he writes, it sounds like TV journalism today could learn from his direct statements, his parsimonious use of words, and his sense of humor.
As to his stories, for some reason I'm still always shocked and somewhat appalled when I hear about journalists rubbing elbows with those they're covering. Brinkley talks about hosting the Kennedy family at his home just days after JFK's assassination, playing poker with Truman, Johnson flying him up to Camp David just to hang out, etc. How can a journalist report fairly on those with whom he socializes? That access provides Brinkley with the fodder for an interesting book several decades later, though.
Probably the least titillating chapter, but the most important to read, is the one on taxes.* Brinkley gives a brief but critical overview on the history of income tax, withholding, etc. which illustrates the greed and corruption in Congress and the gouging of the American public. If everyone had this basic understanding of things, the public might actually get angry enough to demand tax reform. But Congress knows it's not a sexy issue, and that most Americans are sheep who will do as they're told and will support the erroneous notion that higher taxes on "the wealthy" is somehow sticking it to others, when it's also the middle class that's getting skewered.
*My copy was an uncorrected proof. I have not seen the final, published version, but hope this chapter on taxation made the cut!
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