What Made Him a Hero

Konner, Joan

Of all the dragons, temptations and trials that a hero must face on his perilous path through life, none has become more challenging than the encounter with a biographer. So it is a relief to travel between the hard covers of a biography of a modern American hero and return from the journey with the hero and the ideals that inspired him, and us, still intact. Edward R. Murrow is a man whose name has become a synonym for quality, courage and integrity in broadcast journalism and whose life was the enactment, and in some ways the fulfillment, of the broadcast journalist's dream. If one is curious to find out what makes some people stand out above the rest, what makes a person a hero, the story is in "Edward R. Murrow: An American Original." Murrow had talent, drive, intelligence, personality and vision. Add to those qualities the power of his good looks - that piercing gaze, those heavy, furrowed brows and that voice that seemed to resound from some inner sanctum. In sum, he added up to more than most of us.


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November 5, 2015