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Tick....Tick....Tick....The Long Life and Turbulant Times of 60 Minutes

2 Ratings: 1.5
2004 non-fiction book

60 Minutes is an investigative television newsmagazine on United States television, which has run on CBS News since 1968. The program was created by long time producer Don Hewitt who set it apart by using a unique style of reporter-centered investigation. … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction
Author: David Blum
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: September 21, 2004
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Don Hewitt and the topsy turvy 40 year history of "60 Minutes",

  • Dec 23, 2008
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While I am not quite as hot to trot about this book as some of the other reviewers, author David Blum tells a pretty remarkable tale.  There is a lot of dirty laundry exposed here along with some pretty fascinating stories about the evolution of a show that was at its conception way back in 1968 a revolutionary concept for television.  But Don Hewitt had a vision and the determination to make it happen.  And no one can deny that "60 Minutes" has been one of the great success stories in the history of television.

But how did CBS, Don Hewitt and his rambunctious and ever-changing cast of charactors manage to pull it all off?  In the pages of "tick...tick...tick....The Long Life and Turbulant Times of 60 Minutes" David Blum reveals that the "shop" as Don Hewitt likes to refer to the "60 Minutes" offices is largely occupied by ego-maniacs who genuinely dislike each other.  I had read over the years that many of the correspondents and staffers at "60 Minutes" did not get along but I never realized the degree of rancor and bitterness that has existed.  It is hard to imagine how a program of such consistantly high quality could emerge from such chaos.  Blum also gives the reader a glimpse at all that is involved in getting a story on the air and introduces us to the producers who play a major role in making those important decisions.

"tick...tick...tick.....The Long Life and Turbulant Times of 60 Minutes" is at once a biography of its gifted but tempestuous creator Don Hewitt and a fairly thorough history of the program itself.  For younger fans of the program who are too young to remember original co-host Harry Reasoner and features like "Point..Counterpoint" there is an awful lot here that they are probably unaware of.  This is a well written book that managed to hold my interest throughout.    Recommended.
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August 24, 2009
Don Hewitt had the uncanny ability to put himself in the place of the audience.....that's really what made the show work for so long. He was a genius at empathizing at what the audience wanted....so important. But hard to believe that such amazing stories were born out of chaos. I guess that's another factor that made this whole thing go on ticking......
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