Dan Rather

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Dan Rather at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

In Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News, renowned journalist Dan Rather gives his perspective on the events that lead to his dismissal from CBS News, his personal views on journalism, and his aspirations for his future with HDNet’s Dan Rather Reports. "I had wanted since childhood to do extended great reporting," he explains in the autobiography. "Work that might stand with the best of my time, if not the best ever. And I had not achieved that. Not nearly. Not yet." It’s indicative of Rather’s ambition that this realization emboldens him to leave CBS and attain more success. With the aid of Digby Diehl, the founding book editor of The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Rather provides rich insight into events both current and past and infuses his writing with the journalistic philosophy to which he owes his accomplishments. According to Publishers Weekly, Rather "maintains a personal connection with his readers in this riveting and revelatory autobiography that can also serve as a valuable textbook for anyone studying journalism." Kirkus calls Rather Outspoken "an engaging grab-bag: part folksy homage to roots, part exposé of institutional wrongdoing and part manifesto for a truly free press." One of America's most decorated news journalists of all time, Rather anchored CBS Evening News for decades. Starting his career in Texas with his coverage of Hurricane Carla, Rather quickly gained national recognition and a position as a correspondent for CBS News.