Big Russ & Me Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack Charles Osgood (Hyperion, $19.95) Irish-American paperboy from middle-class Baltimore grows up during WWII to host CBS' Sunday Morning. Upbringing Raised… Big Russ & Me Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack Charles Osgood (Hyperion, $19.95) Irish-American paperboy from middle-class Baltimore grows up during WWII to host CBS' Sunday Morning. Upbringing Raised… 2004-05-10 Nonfiction
Book Review

Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack; Big Russ & Me (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 10, 2004; Writer: Tim Russert; Genre: Nonfiction

Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack Charles Osgood (Hyperion, $19.95) Irish-American paperboy from middle-class Baltimore grows up during WWII to host CBS' Sunday Morning. Upbringing Raised on '40s radio serials, like The Shadow, which taught him ''what evil lurks in the hearts of men.'' Journalism 101 ''It was while making those newspaper deliveries, trying to miss the bushes and hit the porch, that I first learned the importance of accuracy in journalism.'' Bottom Line Osgood colorfully recalls being 9 in 1942, but your appreciation of his cuteness will not surpass his own. B-

Big Russ & Me Tim Russert (Miramax, $22.95) Irish-American paperboy from working-class Buffalo grows up during the Cold War to host NBC's Meet the Press. Upbringing Raised on '50s TV, like Davy Crockett, which taught him ''Be sure you're right, then go ahead.'' Journalism 101 When Russert's student paper bumped up against the local church bulletin for ad revenue, ''I realized then that our little newspaper was going to have a tough time competing with the media giants.'' Bottom Line Russert's loving portrait of his dad, Big Russ, will inspire you to call home. B+

Originally posted May 14, 2004 Published in issue #765 May 14, 2004 Order article reprints
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