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For fifteen years, Ron Nessen enjoyed an extraordinary career covering the major national events of the 1960s and '70s for NBC News, and later serving as White House press secretary to President Gerald R. Ford. Making the News, Taking the News remembers the events and personalities that dominated national politics during Nessen's career, bringing a hard-won perspective to those tumultuous times. Through an interweaving of countless incidents and personal anecdotes, Nessen builds a story that captures the true grit of closed-door politics. Off-the-record briefings and strategy sessions, as well as descriptions of experiences with Vietnam troops in the field, provide a vivid illustration of the life of an on-the-road reporter. At the heart of the book is Nessen's White House years, as the veteran reporter gives a valuable eyewitness account of events both behind the scenes and in front of the cameras that shaped and altered America during two critical decades.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. The Mal Jaune
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  1. 2. Golf in Palm Springs, Death in Saigon
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  1. 3. “You Lied to Me!”
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  1. 4. Weekends in Austin
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  1. 5. “We Shall Overcome”
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  1. 6. A Change of Plans
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  1. 7. The Five O’Clock Follies
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  1. 8. Baptism by Fire
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  1. 9. Cindy and the Two Apple Troupe
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  1. 10. Tet and Other Horrors
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  1. 11. “I Don’t Want to Die”
  2. pp. 57-61
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  1. 12. The Cease-Fire That Wasn’t
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  1. 13. Around the World in Eighty Stories
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  1. 14. “Nattering Nabobs of Negativism”
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  1. 15. “Our Long National Nightmare Is Over”
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  1. 16. The President Next Door
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  1. 17. Changing Sides
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  1. 18. The First Days
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  1. 19. The Ghost Who Wouldn’t Go Away
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  1. 20. The First Lady
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  1. 21. “WIN” and Other Economic Disasters
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  1. 22. Too Much Vodka, Too Much Nicole
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  1. 23. Slippery Slopes
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  1. 24. The CIA Did WHAT?!
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  1. 25. Speech Writing or Speech Fighting
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  1. 26. Kicking Around Ron
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  1. 27. Testing the President’s Resolve
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  1. 28. Stumbles and Changes
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  1. 29. To Helsinki and Beyond
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  1. 30. Nine Lives
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  1. 31. “Ford to New York: Drop Dead!”
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  1. 32. State of the World, State of the Union, State of My Marriage
  2. pp. 188-194
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  1. 33. “Live from New York”
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  1. 34. Ford vs. Reagan
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  1. 35. “One Actor Is Enough”
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  1. 36. Swine Flu and Other Maladies
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  1. 37. Does the Soviet Union Dominate Eastern Europe?
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  1. 38. The Race to the Wire
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  1. 39. The End
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819571571
Related ISBN
9780819571564
MARC Record
OCLC
759213693
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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