Cecil Brown

Cecil Brown

The Murrow Boy Who Became Broadcasting's Crusader for Truth

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The son of Jewish immigrants, war correspondent Cecil Brown (1907-1987) was a member of CBS' esteemed Murrow Boys. Expelled from Italy and Singapore for reporting the facts, he witnessed the Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia and the war in North African, and survived the sinking of the British battleship HMS Repulse by a Japanese submarine. Back in the U.S., he became an influential commentator during the years when Americans sought a dispassionate voice to make sense of complex developments. He was one of the first journalists to champion civil rights, to condemn Senator McCarthy's tactics (and President Eisenhower's reticence), and to support Israel's creation. Although he won every major broadcast journalism award, his accomplishments have been largely overlooked by historians. This first biography of Brown chronicles his career in journalism and traces his contributions to the profession.
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina :, McFarland & Company, Inc.,, [2017]
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Jefferson, North Carolina :, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781476672021
1476672024
Characteristics: x, 288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Cover; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments ; Preface ; 1. Growing up Jewish in America; 2. A Cub Reporter Becomes a Pioneering Broadcaster; 3. A Correspondent's Rewards: Evicted, Strafed and Censored; 4. Sounding the Alarm for Singapore; 5. Reporting History Up Close and Personal; 6. Out of the Sea but into Hot Water; 7. Welcome Home to Accolades and Controversy; 8. A Cause Worth Quitting For; 9. Exercising a Liberal Voice; 10. Fighting for Unpopular Causes; 11. Back to the Far East for a New Medium; 12. Return to the U.S. to Open More Eyes
Summary: The son of Jewish immigrants, war correspondent Cecil Brown (1907-1987) was a member of CBS' esteemed Murrow Boys. Expelled from Italy and Singapore for reporting the facts, he witnessed the Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia and the war in North African, and survived the sinking of the British battleship HMS Repulse by a Japanese submarine. Back in the U.S., he became an influential commentator during the years when Americans sought a dispassionate voice to make sense of complex developments. He was one of the first journalists to champion civil rights, to condemn Senator McCarthy's tactics (and President Eisenhower's reticence), and to support Israel's creation. Although he won every major broadcast journalism award, his accomplishments have been largely overlooked by historians. This first biography of Brown chronicles his career in journalism and traces his contributions to the profession.

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