FIGHTING FOR AIR

IN THE TRENCHES WITH TELEVISION NEWS

A feisty memoir by politically conservative and personally brash TV foreign correspondent Trotta. Trotta begins her network news career at NBC during the Vietnam War, and her war at home is the battle to become the first woman TV war correspondent. She wins a six-month tour of the war zone in 1968, after two reporters get wounded, one goes crazy, and the network's ``cannon fodder was getting scarce.'' In Vietnam, she's at her best, dodging bullets with her cameraman and the boys. Trotta believes that the only thing wrong about the war is ``the U.S. government's half-hearted commitment to it,'' and she sympathizes deeply with the soldiers while being attacked by antiwar superiors at NBC, including John Chancellor. Her later assignments are also plums: civil war in the Philippines and Ireland, the Iran hostage crisis, the invasion of Grenada, and even the Claus von BÅlow trial. She takes them all on with a growing sense of bitterness and disillusionment with TV news, and a temper that has her pushing and bullying her way to a story. Finally, her aggressiveness gets her demoted at NBC just after she wins an Overseas Press Club Award for a series on famine in Africa. She then goes over to CBS, where she is eventually fired at age 41, in part for being ``too old.'' Here is her chance to get even by releasing tidbits like the fact that WNBC anchorman Chuck Scarborough has no books in his office, and that Dan Rather's starting contract as an anchor was for $20 million instead of the $8 million reported. Well drawn, exciting, and biting, but in the end Trotta's seeming vindictiveness overwhelms her story.

Pub Date: June 1, 1991

ISBN: 0-671-67529-X

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 1991

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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