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Fifty years of 60 minutes : the inside story of television's most influential news broadcast

Author: Jeffrey Fager
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"From its almost accidental birth in 1968, 60 Minutes has set the standard for broadcast journalism, joining us in our living rooms each Sunday night to surprise us about the world. The show has profiled every major leader, artist, and movement of the past five decades, perfecting the newsmaking interview and inventing the groundbreaking TV exposé. From legendary sit-downs with Richard Nixon in 1968 (in which he
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Fager, Jeffrey.
Fifty years of 60 minutes.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017
(DLC) 2017034887
(OCoLC)994263486
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Fager
ISBN: 9781501135804 1501135805 9781501135811 1501135813
OCLC Number: 994263260
Notes: Includes index.
Description: v, 409 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The beginning --
Decade 3: 1988 to 1998 --
Decade 1: 1968-1978 --
Decade 2: 1978 to 1988 --
Decade 4: 1998 to 2008 --
Decade 5: 2008 to 2018.
Other Titles: Fifty years of sixty minutes
50 years of 60 minutes
Responsibility: Jeff Fager.

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"From its almost accidental birth in 1968, 60 Minutes has set the standard for broadcast journalism, joining us in our living rooms each Sunday night to surprise us about the world. The show has profiled every major leader, artist, and movement of the past five decades, perfecting the newsmaking interview and inventing the groundbreaking TV exposé. From legendary sit-downs with Richard Nixon in 1968 (in which he promised "to restore respect to the presidency") and Bill Clinton in 1992 (after the first revelations of infidelity) to landmark investigations into the tobacco industry, Lance Armstrong's doping, and the torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib, the broadcast has not just reported on our world, but changed it too. Now, Executive Producer Jeff Fager pulls back the curtain on how this remarkable journalism is done, taking the reader into the editing room with the show's brilliant producers and beloved correspondents, including hard-charging Mike Wallace, writer's-writer Morley Safer, soft-but-tough Ed Bradley, relentless Lesley Stahl, intrepid Scott Pelley, ace interviewer Charlie Rose, tireless Anderson Cooper, and illuminating storyteller Steve Kroft. He details the decades of human drama that have made the show's success possible: the ferocious (and encouraged) competition between correspondents, the door slamming, the risk-taking, and the pranks. Fager takes on the program's mistakes and describes what it learned from them. Above all, he reveals the essential tenets that have never changed: why founder Don Hewitt believed "hearing" a story is more important than seeing it, why the "small picture" is the best way to illuminate a larger one, and why the most memorable stories are almost always those with a human being at the center. At once a sweeping portrait of fifty years of American cultural history and an intimate look at how the news gets made, Fifty Years of 60 Minutes shares the secret of what's made the nation's favorite TV program exceptional for all these years."--Jacket.

Starting with the third decade, the decade that saw a new generation of reporters and encapsulates the reasons the show became a hit, Fager tells the history of 60 minutes. He takes us into the editing room, details the decades of human drama that have made the show's success possible, and describes how the program learned from the mistakes they made. An intimate look at how the news gets made.

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