Bob Schieffer's America

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Penguin, Oct 6, 2009 - Political Science - 320 pages
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The Face the Nation commentator delivers ?a fitting companion to his career memoir, This Just In? (Texas Monthly).

Bob Schieffer?s America brings together 171 of his smart, humorous, and pitch-perfect essays: from today?s hard issues to the human stories that show readers who they are; from politics and presidents and tragedy to the things that touch them, make them laugh, or record the small shifts in culture that just creep up. In addition, Schieffer has written ?commentaries on my commentaries? that run throughout the book, offering further anecdotes, reflections, updates, and insights.
 

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Contents

Big Shots
Victory Over What?
Slow and Bluesy
Get Out the Shovel
Dogs and Cats
Tractor Man
The F Word
The English Language Debate
Friends Like These
Mothers Day
Graduation Day
Code of Honor
Dad Please Just Act Normal
The Name of the Day
Checks and Balances
Saying Thanks for Thank sgiving

An Act of Terrorism?
A Government That Cant Remember Anything
Lost Lessons from Vietnam and Watergate
The Weirdest Week Ever?
When Defeat Is Not a Victory
Nothing Doing in Congress
McDonald s for President
Debating Debates
Just a Dream
My Exploratory Committee
My Friends It Is with a Heavy Hear t
The Industry of Politics
Geeks and Snolly Gusters
While Waiting for a President
What Was That Again?
Campaign Commercials
Presidential Predictions
Campaign Ads and Brain Waves
Axes Pancakes and Big R igs Oh My
Calling Mr Jefferson
A Simple Plan
Sam Houston
A TwelveStep Program
All Things to All People
Casting the Line
A Real Debate
Bad Advice vs Common Sense
The Money Game
Include Me Out
Me Too
Second Inaugurals
Role Model?
Starstruck
Are We There Yet?
The Boy Who Shook Hands with JFK
One Year On
HistoryMakers Climb Mountains
Vacations
Reagans Wit and Optimism
Lessons from Ronald Reagan
Fords Clumsiness
If I Were President
The Senior American Official
OneHundredYear Old Man
Kicking the Tires
For Danny Pearl Who Tried to Get It Right
Escapism at the Paris Hilton
No Bribe Left Behind
Getting the Story
Practicing What We Preach in Iraq
Sometimes Good Things Happen
A Case for Newspapers
We Didnt Get the Paris Interview
Pitching In
A Death in the Family
Our Policy and Our Aim
Service
Ben Hua
Bob Kerreys Story
Duct Tape and Tax Cuts
The Spin on War
War Reporters
What Comes Next
Going It Alone
Honesty Still the Best Policy
No Excuse Sir Is the Only Answer
Sharing the Sacrifice
More Than Lip Service
Is Baghdad Too Hot for Iraqi Leaders?
A Tragedy Waiting to Happen
Do We No Longer Practice What We Preach?
The Christmas Story
NotSoHappy Holidays
Valentines Day
And Speaking of Food
Trailer Trash
Sophistries
O J and DC
The Hit Parade
Common Sense
The Baseball Lesson
A Centurys Work
The Nation Faces Us
Vouchers
Listening in the Dark
Unreality
To Know More
The Scandal and the Church
The Ten Commandments
Barry Bonds Is No Hero
A Very Bad Habit
The Sunset of Life
No Police
Good News
Working the Phones
A Real Snake
Everyone Cheered
Top Dog
Talking the Talk
Just Call on Me
Staying in Touch Too Much
Sorry Andy
The Obits
Angel Wallenda
Scott Lewis
Diana
James Michener
Madeline Kahn
Russell Long
Johnny Cash
Eddie Adams
Pope John Paul II
Peter Jennings
William F Buckley
A Grayness Within Grayness
Oklahoma City
A Very Small Place
Falling to Earth
911
Aftermath
The Origins of Hatred
Proud to Be Americans
Government Failed the People
911 and Hurricane Katrina
A Nations Concept of Itself
FloodLevel Hypocrisy
Feeling Abandoned in New Orleans
At FEMA Your IQ Must Be Below This Line
Our Finest Hour
FDR
Eugene Lang
John Glenn
Hamilton Jordan
Martin Luther King Jr
Iowa
Name Calling
Dylan Had It Right
Some Week
Grace
The TwoBillion Dollar Question
The Dude Abides
The Real Stakes
The Bill Comes Due
Rescue?
The Moderator Speaks
Our National Endurance Test
Grant Park
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About the author (2009)

Bob Schieffer has been at CBS News since 1969, where he is one of the very few correspondents to have covered all four major Washington beats: the White House, Pentagon, State Department, and Capitol Hill. He is now CBS's chief Washington correspondent, and anchor and moderator of "Face the Nation,

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