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Unsilent Revolution : Television News and American Public Life, 1948-1991 - Robert J. Donovan

Unsilent Revolution

Television News and American Public Life, 1948-1991

Paperback Published: 7th September 1992
ISBN: 9780521428620
Number Of Pages: 372

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In four decades since its first broadcasts, television news has revolutionized public life and political policy making, transformed political careers, advanced civil rights, and radically changed newspapers and magazines. In Unsilent Revolution, veteran journalists Robert J. Donovan and Ray Scherer recount key episodes and analyze the areas of American public life most affected by television news. The authors' spirited accounts derive from research, analysis, professional experience, and previously unpublished accounts of people behind as well as in front of the camera. The stories they tell are among the most important of the past four decades: the civil rights struggle in the South, the downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the assassination and funeral of President John F. Kennedy, the ups and downs of President Richard Nixon, the Iranian hostage crisis and President Jimmy Carter, manned space flight, and relief of the Ethiopian famine in 1984. The authors also describe and reflect on the impact of television news on presidential and congressional politics through the Reagan years and into the Bush administration and address the changes in newspapers and magazines caused by the rise of television journalism. In 1989-91, three gripping events - the students' protest and its suppression at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Communist empire in Eastern Europe, and the war in the Persian Gulf - riveted the American public. Television news was central to each event, and this book explains why.

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"They are at their best as they amble through four decades of the most memorable moments in television coverage, from Richard Nixon's 'Checkers' speech of 1952 to the old guard's attempted coup in the Soviet Union in 1991. As a compilation of images and episodes, this book is a feast. They do make some fascinating observations. These authors have given us a welcome reminder of how deeply we have been touched by television news, and they encourage us to recall episodes that go beyond their own book." The New York Times

Preface
Acknowledgments
Twelve Episodes
Police dogs, firehoses, and television cameras: shockwaves from the South
Exit Joe McCarthy
Television news and the ups and downs of Richard Nixon: the 1960 election
Television's march on Cape Canaveral
Television's supreme hour: the Kennedy funeral
In the eye of the storm: television news and the urban riots
Vietnam, 1965-1967
Vietnam, 1968-1975
Nixon's presidency: a difficult time for television news and the press
Nixon in China and Watergate
Infuriating pictures from Iran: television news, Jimmy Carter, and the Iranian hostage crisis
The call: relief for the Ethiopian famine, 1984
Ongoing Impact
The White House in the television age
The television president: Reagan on prime time
The television occupation of Capitol Hill
From Dulles to Gorbachev: diplomacy and terrorism in the television age
Television and the transformation of American politics, 1952-1984
1988
Profound change in print journalism: the invasion by television news
Newspapers in the age of television
Television's intrusion in the press box
Two different mediums: newspapers and television news
Conclusion: Tiananmen Square, the Berlin Wall, the Persian Gulf War, and the Russian coup
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521428620
ISBN-10: 0521428629
Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 7th September 1992
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 14.88  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.5

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