Big Russ and me: father and son, lessons of life

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Miramax Books, May 11, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
NBC-TVUs senior vice Washington bureau chief and host of "Meet the Press" offers an intensely personal and charming memoir of American life in the 1950s and the special bond he shares with his fatherQthe irrepressible Big Russ. From the lessons he learned from his father and his Catholic upbringing to his passion for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Yankees to the grace of daily obligations and patriotism, Russert's reflections hit the very epicenter of American values. Includes 16 pages of color and b & w photos. 1-40135-208-1$22.95 / Time Warner Book Group

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Enjoying this so much. I am reading it for Father's Day. Tim was just a few years older than me but growing up in Buffalo in 1950's is exactly as he portrays.It has brought back many memories ... Read full review

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Oh, I miss Tim Russert! I thought this book was to e about his father, it's mostly about Tim Russert. That's okay. It is also a poignant and wonderfully written love letter to his father, and to his son, Luke. Read full review


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Journalist Tim Russert was born in Buffalo, New York on May 7, 1950. He earned a B.A. from John Carroll University and a Juris Doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He was admitted to the bar in both New York and the District of Columbia. After graduating from law school, he worked on New York Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan's successful senatorial campaign in 1976 and served as his chief of staff from 1977 to 1982. He then worked on New York Democrat Mario Cuomo's successful gubernatorial campaign in 1982, and worked in the governor's office from 1983 to 1984. He joined the NBC Washington Bureau in 1984. He became Washington Bureau Chief in 1988 and was later promoted to senior vice president of NBC News. He became the host of Meet the Press in 1991. He won numerous awards during his career as a journalist including the Edward R. Murrow Award, the John Peter Zenger Freedom of the Press Award, the American Legion Journalism Award, and a 2005 Emmy Award for his coverage of former President Ronald Reagan's funeral. In 2004, he wrote an autobiography Big Russ and Me about his life growing up and the values his father taught him like the importance of maintaining strong family values, the reverence of faith, and of never taking a short cut to reach a goal. In 2006, he released Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons, which contained letters he received from people, detailing their own experiences with their fathers, in response to his first book. He died due to a heart attack on June 13, 2008.