This Is CBS A Chronicle of 60 Years Author:Robert Slater From Library Journal — Slater accurately calls this a narrative history of CBS. Parts of this chatty book should be read aloud, preferably by a Murrow or Cronkite. "This might have been the story of a cigarmaker, or no story at all . . .," Chapter 1 begins. Though not a comprehensive history, the book explores the development of radio and televis... more »ion from 1928 to the present, as well as politics, programming, and personalities at CBS. The author, a Time correspondent, does not offer the sometimes limited inside view of Bill Leonard's In the Storm of the Eye ( LJ 5/15/87) or Peter McCabe's Bad News at Black Rock ( LJ 4/15/87). A useful addition to general and mass communication collections, the book would have benefited from a few new words from Chairman Bill Paley, the cigar maker's son who started it all. He declined to be interviewed, according to Slater, because he's writing a second book of memoirs. Jo Cates, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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