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As much an icon of American history as the events he covered during the course of his career, Walter Cronkite was one of those rare men who could be identified by last name alone. From his first major story on the freak explosion of an East Texas school, to his reporting on WWII and on through his CBS career, Douglas Brinkley’s Cronkite offers the untold story of the man who guided a nation through turbulent times by newspaper, radio, and televised programming. From the time Cronkite was fired from one of his earliest jobs in news for refusing to break journalistic integrity, to the truth behind accusations that Cronkite went on a personal crusade against Senator Barry Goldwater during his campaign, Brinkley goes in-depth into Cronkite’s history to piece together a living portrait of someone considered a legend in his own time. “Cronkite emerges as a more interesting character than the avuncular anchor of the CBS Evening News,” the Chicago Tribune writes. “Brinkley shows how Cronkite emerged from Depression-era Missouri and Texas plagued with apprehension about unemployment, and had the kind of complicated relationships … that make life, and reading, interesting.” Brinkley has been featured at many prior Festivals, most recently in 2011 for his book The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960. He is a professor at Rice University and the author of The Wilderness Warrior and The Reagan Diaries, among others. Brinkley lives in Austin.