Book Reviews of Big Russ and Me: Father and Son--Lessons of Life

Big Russ and Me: Father and Son--Lessons of Life
Big Russ and Me Father and Son--Lessons of Life
Author: Tim Russert
ISBN-13: 9781401352080
ISBN-10: 1401352081
Publication Date: 5/10/2004
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 36 ratings
Publisher: Miramax Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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If you remember your childhood from the 50s, read this to remind yourself of those wonderful days of innocence, family, and fathers.
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A very heartwarming book about 2 VERY interesting men, each successful in his own way!
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5.5 hours on 5 CDs. Read by the author.
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Being a child raised in the 1950's I truly appreciated the way Russert was able to portray society in that time frame. A wonder tribute to Russert Sr. and a heartwarmimg story of a father and his son.
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If you are a fan of Tim Russert, you will enjoy his stories of growing up in Buffalo, NY, and the influence and values he got from his dad, "Big Tim".
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I thought this was a very good book. Tim Russert made me feel like I was right there when the events he wrote about took place.
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Enjoyed this book very much. Being the same age as Russert, he brought back many memories from my youth. His chapter on loss was so prophetic - brought tears to my eyes. This is a book that should be on every new father's reading list.
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I loved this son who wrote of his devotion and respect for Big Russ. This was so well written and paid homage to the author Tim Russert. I was only vaguely aware of Tim before reading this and now I regret that his life was way too short. Highly recommend this book to all ages. There is nothing in it to shock but totally will give new meaning to nobel gentlemen. Order this... you won't be disappointed.
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I dont know who the heck this Tim Russert guy is but apparently hes a pretty famous figure in tv news land. I try to avoid the news for the most part because it either makes me sad or irritates me. I picked this book up because I saw it on the new audiobook shelf at my library. I have a long drive and will grab anything new they have up for offer. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not so much.

This book is a love letter of sorts written to the authors dad Big Russ. But its more than that. It tells the story of Tims childhood in the 50s which seems pretty darn ideal and gives a clear picture of what growing up during that time frame was all about. Men worked two jobs to bring home the bacon and wouldnt be caught dead living on welfare, they taught their kids responsibility and manners while a loving mom stayed home to cook and pretty up the house. Their kids didnt complain and whine because dad was working too much or they didnt have the latest new kicks. Our world has changed so much, some of it for the better, I could never stay home and cook bacon all day (though I wouldnt mind staying home and reading all day), but some of the changes I could do without. It was nice to spend some time in a world so very different from my own.

As a youngster Tim seems to have been untouched by the ugliness that too many of us grow up with as wee children be it abusive parents, divorce, suicide, alcohol, poverty and has a nice thing to say about everyone. I wish I could be half as kind on any given day. There were some darker moments when he describes Big Russs time in the military but he doesnt dwell on the darkness. Instead he uses those experiences to explain how Big Russ became the strong, loving, father figure that he later became. Tim was a good boy who seems to have grown up to be a very nice man.

This book was very sweet and down to earth and I did enjoy listening to most of it. I cant say I exactly identified with any of it all that much having grown up in the 70s with a very different set of parents, and being a girl, but it was nice to read about a family who was always decent to their kids and taught them to work hard and take responsibility for their actions. Tim seems like a very lucky guy who lived an almost charmed life and was blessed to have met several influential and inspirational people in his life who nudged him in the right direction.

I cant say this was a gripping read, and many of the later bits focusing on sports and politics just didnt interest me at all, but for the most part it was pleasant enough to district me from glaring at other drivers jabbering away on their cell phones.
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Lessons on Life from Tim Russert with reminiscences of his father and thoughts on continuing the legacy through his son, Luke.
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Reading this book was such a great reminder of my own life growing up in the 50's. The family values it represent are great.

I am so glad Tim Russert shared his memories of growing up. Although I am not Catholic, I also enjoyed hearing how his faith played such an important part in his family's life. This is a very good read!
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Wonderful, inspiring biography of an admirable relationship between father and son. My copy is available for swap (hardcover) but note there is writing on the front page. Otherwise it is in perfect condition. If you can't find another copy and don't mind that, contact me. mzglorybe@gmail.com
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I loved it!!! Heartwarming, sincere, wrote with feeling & admiration!!!
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What a Great Guy. I mean Tim. In his decision to pay tribute to his old man, Tim Russert reveals why he has been so dearly loved and admired by those fortunate enough to know him. Chapter after chapter is engaging and this biography is one of the best. Now this is the way to truly write an "Autobiography" even though it was meant to chronical the life of Dad. Never knew either man but I mourn their loss and heap praise on their lives. Excellent in every way and so good to hear Tim's voice once again.
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I dont know who the heck this Tim Russert guy is but apparently hes a pretty famous figure in tv news land. I try to avoid the news for the most part because it either makes me sad or irritates me. I picked this book up because I saw it on the new audiobook shelf at my library. I have a long drive and will grab anything new they have up for offer. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not so much.

This book is a love letter of sorts written to the authors dad Big Russ. But its more than that. It tells the story of Tims childhood in the 50s which seems pretty darn ideal and gives a clear picture of what growing up during that time frame was all about. Men worked two jobs to bring home the bacon and wouldnt be caught dead living on welfare, they taught their kids responsibility and manners while a loving mom stayed home to cook and pretty up the house. Their kids didnt complain and whine because dad was working too much or they didnt have the latest new kicks. Our world has changed so much, some of it for the better, I could never stay home and cook bacon all day (though I wouldnt mind staying home and reading all day), but some of the changes I could do without. It was nice to spend some time in a world so very different from my own.

As a youngster Tim seems to have been untouched by the ugliness that too many of us grow up with as wee children be it abusive parents, divorce, suicide, alcohol, poverty and has a nice thing to say about everyone. I wish I could be half as kind on any given day. There were some darker moments when he describes Big Russs time in the military but he doesnt dwell on the darkness. Instead he uses those experiences to explain how Big Russ became the strong, loving, father figure that he later became. Tim was a good boy who seems to have grown up to be a very nice man.

This book was very sweet and down to earth and I did enjoy listening to most of it. I cant say I exactly identified with any of it all that much having grown up in the 70s with a very different set of parents, and being a girl, but it was nice to read about a family who was always decent to their kids and taught them to work hard and take responsibility for their actions. Tim seems like a very lucky guy who lived an almost charmed life and was blessed to have met several influential and inspirational people in his life who nudged him in the right direction.

I cant say this was a gripping read, and many of the later bits focusing on sports and politics just didnt interest me at all, but for the most part it was pleasant enough to district me from glaring at other drivers jabbering away on their cell phones.
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An excellent book CD - narrated by Russert and quite captivating and interesting - it really held our attention.
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heart-warming read