The times of my life and my life with the Times

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Random House, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 546 pages
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In this remarkable memoir, The New York Times's Max Frankel tells his life story the way he lived it--in tandem with the big news stories of our time.    "I escaped into America, and beyond it. The idea of America became my proud passport. A passion to conform made me a patriot. The discovery of words turned me into a skeptic. And the journalist's press pass sent me vaulting across borders to gain a spectacular perspective on our era. Like the astronauts floating in outer space, I've had a rare glimpse of the earth in my times, and it gave me an irrepressible urge to record the journey."      Max Frankel started to write forThe New York Timesas a student at Columbia in 1949, and during the next half century he held just about every important position on the paper--foreign correspondent, Washington bureau chief, editorials  editor, and executive editor.    WhenThe Times of My Lifebegins, Max Frankel is a boy in Nazi Germany; we experience the terror of his wartime escape with his heroic mother, their immigrant lives in New York, and a teacher's inspired decision that he could belatedly learn to read English if he learned to write it. And so Max Frankel found his career. His book, like his life, moves through Hitler's Berlin, Khrushchev's Moscow, Castro's Havana, and the Washington of Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. It reevaluates the Cold War and interweaves Frankel's personal and professional lives with the era's greatest stories, from Sputnik to the Pentagon Papers, from the building of the Berlin Wall to its collapse, all the while tracking the tensions of managing the world's greatest newspaper.    Beautifully written, filled with anecdotes and insights,The Times of My Lifeevokes an unparalleled life as it embraces America in our time.

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About the author (1999)

Max Frankel was born in 1930 in Gera,  Germany. Raised in New York City, Frankel received his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He has written for The New York Times for fifty years and received the Pulitzer Prize for international coverage in 1973. He served as executive editor of The Times from 1986 to 1994. This is his first book. He lives in New York City.