The times of my life and my life with the Times
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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The times of my life and my life with the TimesUser Review - Book Verdict
Frankel, who recently retired as executive editor of the New York Times (1986-94), began his career there just after World War II. A German-born refugee from the Nazis, he traced his prosperous family origins to Poland--a point of class, not ethnic, pride. The education he describes in New York's public schools and at Columbia is familiar urban melting-pot material. Frankel made his career as an international reporter, covering the Hungarian Rebellion, Khrushchev's Moscow, and Castro's Havana and taking on increasing responsibility at the Washington bureau during the Kennedy-Johnson-Nixon years. An important player in the Pentagon Papers case, Frankel gained a reputation as a fair and balanced reporter and a principled editor, an impression he pushes here with transparently false modesty. Frankel is most interesting in reminiscing about how the Times meets its deadlines and decides what to print; he is dullest when he tries to explain the personal politics behind a particular editorial or managerial stance. Recommended for journalism collections but essential only for the true Times devotee. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/98.]--Scott H. Silverman, Bryn Mawr Coll. Lib., PA
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Frankel's NY Times life in 60s-90s, from reporter to Exec Ed. Off-record encounters with history makers