BIG RUSS & ME by Tim Russert | Kirkus ReviewsThank you! The gimlet-eyed interlocutor of Meet the Press is a pussycat when it comes to matters of family and faith. Russert, the kid from blue-collar South Buffalo who now grills the prominent and powerful, writes in a style as unadorned as the snow in the land of the Bills. Uncle Fran was a police detective and a great ballplayer. The author fondly recalls hours with Dad at the Legion Hall, the nuns in grammar school, and his Jesuit teachers at Canisius High.
Timothy J. Russert, Inspiration for ‘Big Russ and Me,’ Is Dead at 85
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Each month, Bill selects a book that he's been reading and passes it on to you. See what others have to say about the book, and then let everyone know what you think! Big Russ and Me is an intensely personal, charming, down-to-earth look at Russert's roots, growing up a hometown guy in s working-class Buffalo, the son of a larger-than-life man and proud WWII veteran. From the indelible bond that links him to his father, to the lessons learned from his old-fashioned Catholic upbringing, from his passion for the Buffalo Bills and the New York Yankees, to the importance of hard work, the grace of daily obligations, and patriotism, Russert's reflections hit the very epicenter of American values. Rich with personal anecdotes and Russert's easygoing style and straight-talking charm, Big Russ and Me will be embraced by his myriad fans--and will delight dads across the country on Father's Day and for years to come.
Russert, collapsed and died June 13, while at work in Washington. I'm Diane Rehm. What they may not know is how his uncle's skill at Pinnacle helped pay for part of his law school education and how growing up, he never dreamed he would one day host television's longest running program. The book is titled "Big Russ and Me. Throughout the hour, we'll welcome your calls, questions, comments, If you're listening online around the country or around the world, join us by email to drshow wamu.
Meet the newsman's father in this stupendously entertaining book. The younger Russert's memoir begins as a tribute to his dad and the lessons he taught through the years, but also takes ample time to tell how Russert junior grew up and became the moderator of Meet the Press. His neighborhood in the s was tightly knit, Irish Catholic and anchored by the institutions of marriage, family, church and school.
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