Big Russ and Me : Father and Son: Lessons of Life

 
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Tim Russert is perhaps the most admired man in television news. As NBC's senior vice president and Washington bureau chief, he has helped shape the way today's news is reported and analyzed. As producer and moderator of Meet the Press, he has created and sustained the longest running TV news program of all time with panache and dedication. And as the anchor of The Tim Russert Show, he has garnered a huge and growing fan base with his quick wit and straight-talking candor. And every Tim Russert fan knows that Tim's #1 hero, hands down, is his dad--Big Russ.

BIG RUSS & ME offers a charming, down-to-earth look at Russert's roots, growing up a hometown guy in working-class Buffalo in the 1950s. 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, to the importance of patriotism in everyday life, 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 & ME will be embraced by his myriad fans--and will delight dads across the country on Father's Day and for years to come.

Veteran newsman and Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert is known for his direct and unpretentious style and in this charming memoir he explains why. Russert's father is profiled as a plainspoken World War II veteran who worked two blue-collar jobs while raising four kids in South Buffalo but the elder Russert's lessons on how to live an honest, disciplined, and ethical life are shown to be universal. Big Russ and Me, a sort of Greatest Generation meets Tuesdays with Morrie, could easily have become a sentimental pile of mush with a son wistfully recalling the wisdom of his beloved dad. But both Russerts are far too down-to-earth to let that happen and the emotional content of the book is made more direct, accessible, and palatable because of it. The relationship between father and son, contrary to what one would think of as essential to a riveting memoir, seems completely healthy and positive as Tim, the academically gifted kid and later the esteemed TV star and political operative relies on his old man, a career sanitation worker and newspaper truck driver, for advice. Big Russ and Me also traces Russert's life from working-class kid to one of broadcast journalism's top interviewers by introducing various influential figures who guided him along the way, including Jesuit teachers, nuns, his dad's drinking buddies, and, most notably, the late New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, whom Russert helped get elected in 1976. Plenty of entertaining anecdotes are served up along the way from schoolyard pranks to an attempt to book Pope John Paul II on the Today Show. Though not likely to revolutionize modern thought, Big Russ and Me will provide fathers and sons a chance to reflect on lessons learned between generations. --Charlie Williams

Customer Reviews:

  • best audio book
    This is one of the best audio books I've listened to. Tim Russert is an excellent narrator and he has an interesting story to tell. I promise you'll not be bored and if you grew up in the 40's and 50's you'll most certainly be able to relate to his growing up years....more info
  • Big Russ and Me
    I received what I ordered in a timely fashion.....I was very pleased with the entire process....more info
  • Big Russ And Me - Tim Russert
    I enjoyed this book very much. My son borrowed it to take on his vacation last week and he liked it as well. It came in i timely fashion and was in excellent condition....more info
  • The Good Old Days
    I loved reading "Big Russ And Me" What a wonderful relationship Tim Russert had with his father. He was fortunate to have grown up back when life was simple. Big Russ was quite a father and I am sure is very proud of his son, Tim. I am sure Tim's entire family is quite proud of him...Luke is so lucky to have had him for a father.I miss watching Tim on Meet The Press, I never missed a Sunday morning show...It is not the same without him!...more info
  • warm and wonderful
    a truly warm and wonderful audio book that I will listen to again and again...more info
  • Passionate man reveals lessons that shaped his character and work ethic
    Tim Russert shares many stories from his chilhood about his father, baseball, school, and important days in history like the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Of course, I especially loved his stories about baseball in Buffalo and growing up a Yankee fan. An unexpected bonus was learning new things about Yankee icon Yogi Berra. Reading this after his passing, I found it fascinating how many of his early lessons revolved around his mortality. Hearing Russert discuss his admiration for his son and the time they spent together makes the story even more powerful. Indeed we learn a lot from our fathers, and it seems we learn a lot when we become fathers too. I also anjoyed hearing about the lessons he learned from his three most influential teachers....more info
  • A Great Father & Son Story
    I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. I loved how Russert interwove the antecdotes his father taught him throughout his life and made them relevant to the decisions and actions he has displayed through his youth and into adulthood. Russert understood growing up in Buffalo that his father was a hard-working man who might not have been able to spend a lot of time with him, but made the time they did spend together valuable. It was so typical of the times and Russert understood that and took that work ehtic with him into as a grown man.

    They have a very special relationship and it shows now in the relationship Russert has with his own son. I love the stories about Tim working for the Buffalo Sanitation department all the way up to his meetings with the Pope. I was sad when this book ended because I wanted to hear more of his wonderful stories between him and his father and some of his NBC stories....more info
  • The Father with the One-Liners
    Imagine going through your life and professional career leaning on your father's one-liners. Tim Russert describes his life and around every corner he calls his father. His father undoubtedly picks up the phone and throws out one of his famous one-liners. Russert uses that one-liner on TV the next day to boost his career. There are good thoughts in this book about teachings that every child should learn. I liked Russert's thoughts on teachers and how children have lost respect for them. Yet, I am sure that is what every generation has thought about their children compared to their own childhood. I wouldn't expect anything deep and provide from this book, unless you are looking for a couple of good one-liners....more info
  • A good read
    My daughter, now in her 20s, bought this book for me to pass the time during a long trip that we recently took to visit my mother. It's a book that I had heard about before but had never once considered reading. What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be! "Big Russ and Me" probably will appeal to all generations for all the reasons that Tim Russert intended it to, but Baby Boomers, i.e., Russert's generation, probably will enjoy the book even more on account of the memories it evokes, intentionally or not, of growing up in the '50s and early '60s. That's what hooked me, more than the story of the relationship between Russert and his father, although this too, which is the book's primary theme, is indeed interesting and Russert writes about it skillfully and engagingly. If you are a Baby Boomer, this book's for you. Even if you're not, it's still a good read....more info
  • The story of a typical Catholic family.....
    I grew up Catholic in Dallas Texas in the 50's and could totally identify with Russert and his life experiences. Having had some of the same opportunities, and made it on my own, having learned from all of my experiences from those days, his story really came to life for me, and I understood exactly where he was coming from.

    Now that he is gone, I relish having this story sporken in his own words. He struck me as a neat, well grounded guy, who loved his family, and loved his place in life. I truly regret that I never had the chance to know Tim Russert personally....more info
  • best audio book
    This is one of the best audio books I've listened to. Tim Russert is an excellent narrator and he has an interesting story to tell. I promise you'll not be bored and if you grew up in the 40's and 50's you'll most certainly be able to relate to his growing up years....more info
  • Big Russ and Me
    It is making me fall in love with Tim Russert all over again. While I don't believe it's a classic piece of literature, it is a wonderful, charming, insightful tale about Tim, aka Timmy, and his family, most especially Big Russ.
    I'm loving reading it, although it makes me sad with the realization that we'll never get to see him again - and this year being so wonderful relativve to the political scene. He was relishing in it - glad to have his book. I also have his other book which I will read after this.
    Worth the purchase price and the time to read it.
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  • The loss of a Great Man
    After listening to the week of tributes to Tim Russert we had to purchase the book. The book is a wonderful tribute to his Father and all the Fathers that instilled the core value in the 40's and 50's born children. After my 63 years on this earth and raising 2 girls, I finally got it. Tim's Father said it all in one sentense. You will always be loved but your never entitled. No matter what age you are, your always going to have to work on gaining the respect and admiration from people you have known for years, as well as the people you meet today and want to have their friendship in the future. this book is a great lesson for young and old. Tim Russert was an honest and truely Great person. He will be missed but his wisdom in this book will be cherrished....more info
  • AN ADMIRABLE FATHER, AN ADMIRABLE SON
    Tim Russert has written a wonderful, well-deserved, tribute to his father. It's also an unintended tribute to himself. After all, as a good, worthy son, he absorbed his father's valuable lessons of morality, life and living and displayed it in his own life. And the tributes never come across as boasting or bragging. He tells it all with a great sense of humor.

    I have recommended this book to dozens of friends and family members, young and old. If you don't get a lump in your throat, reading about the positive thinking, fair-minded, objective, intelligent and kind-hearted father-son duo, then you must examine your life and priorities.

    Do read the book!...more info
  • A GIFT
    I have not, personally, read this book. It was a gift for my son, who is an avid reader, and an admirer ( who wasn't ? ) of Tim Russert.I did read the review, and will get this book for myself....more info
  • Joy of Living
    The Russert story is a vivid example of how 'family' is everything, and why financial wealth is much less important in the 'pursuit of happiness.' This book should be read by young people especially, regardless of religious belief, to see how love, ethics, a sense of humor, and personal responsibility matter most in life....more info
  • FANTASTIC STORY
    TIM RUSSERT IS ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGABLE POLITICAL ANALYSTS EVER.
    HE IS ALSO A GREAT AUTHOR OF THIS FANTASTIC, HEART WARMING STORY OF A FATHER AND SON'S TRUE RELATIONSHIP. "WISDOM OF OUR FATHERS" WAS A GREAT READ ALSO. TIM: WRITE MORE!...more info
  • Great read!
    There were many things in his book that my husband and I can relate to! Really enjoyed it---my respect for Tim has doubled after reading this....more info
  • Brilliant
    Anyone who grew up in the 50's era must read this book. It takes us through our own history as well as the history of our country. Tim Russert is everyone's brother, and the passion he felt for his life and his country, driven by his father's wisdom will cause any reader to reflect on his own journey. Absolutely wonderful!!!...more info
  • A good read
    My daughter, now in her 20s, bought this book for me to pass the time during a long trip that we recently took to visit my mother. It's a book that I had heard about before but had never once considered reading. What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be! "Big Russ and Me" probably will appeal to all generations for all the reasons that Tim Russert intended it to, but Baby Boomers, i.e., Russert's generation, probably will enjoy the book even more on account of the memories it evokes, intentionally or not, of growing up in the '50s and early '60s. That's what hooked me, more than the story of the relationship between Russert and his father, although this too, which is the book's primary theme, is indeed interesting and Russert writes about it skillfully and engagingly. If you are a Baby Boomer, this book's for you. Even if you're not, it's still a good read....more info
  • Tim Russert
    A great book from a generous soul. This book captures the life and times of a post WW II family in a way that is familiar to us all. Tim Russert's mantra of family, faith and hard work resonate from start to finish. ...more info
  • Wonderful memoir and life lessons
    Written with love by a son and father himself, Tim shows us that love is what makes you the man you become...more info
  • Excellent
    Item was a gift, so have not actually read, but recipient has said book is an excellent read. Book very interesting and hard to put down. Recipient has expressed interest in other books of the same nature including Tom Brokaw's "The Next Generation."...more info
  • Big Russ and Me: Father and Son Lessons of Life
    I recieved the book as promised..in "like-new" condition and it was delivered in the time frame promised. I bought the book for my 90 yr. old Dad to read while he traveled to his bithplace and towns he lived in in Montana with my older brothers. Am sure they had thier own stories to share with one another! ~~ dsquire~~...more info
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    Big Russ will be great to read as I have followed his work and I am glad for your quick delivery...more info
  • Circumstances do not dictate who you will be
    The American Dream is still alive! Results of your life depend on the beliefs in your heart, not the situations you have had to endure. Overcoming the negative situations with a positive attitude change the consequences of the negative actions. Big Russ demonstrated perseverance in the mundane of the difficult day to day; Tim Russert lived out his Father's perseverance which produced in him proven character and hope. The love of God truly flowed out of him to others. This book rings true of the "Lessons of Life" and how it can personally impact choices to change your future by honoring self-discipline, respecting others, and treasuring your country. ...more info
  • Most Enjoyable
    Very enjoyable. Most anyone with a Greatest Generation Dad would find this enjoyable.The stories and anecdotes about the political figures of the sixties,seventies etc. are excellent.Easy read

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  • Big Russ
    For Father's Day I sent my 4 sons a copy of Big Russ. They all loved it. One said he doesn't read non fiction too often and it was one of the best books he has read. He was on a flight to LA for 4 hours each way and finished the book on the plane. They all highly recommend it.
    Thank you Tim Russert for sharing your Dad with all of us. ...more info
  • Excellent
    Item was a gift, so have not actually read, but recipient has said book is an excellent read. Book very interesting and hard to put down. Recipient has expressed interest in other books of the same nature including Tom Brokaw's "The Next Generation."...more info
  • Big Russ and Me
    Disappointed that I paid almost twice times the price of a book that is listed for $13.95...more info
  • EXCELLANT ROLE MODEL
    This was a wonderful story to follow. What a guy, and what a huge loss. He was a wonderful role model, and I loved the lightness and humor of his story. ...more info
  • Wonderful, warm, & delightful
    This book is a true winner with its down to earth warmth - I loved every page of it and it is quite a tribute to a father from a son and a legacy to pass on to his son....more info
  • Disappointed
    The book "Big Russ & Me" was never received by my son. It was to be a Father's Day gift. The seller emailed me that she could not be responsible for the postal service. I stopped payment on my credit card and have received no further contact from the seller....more info
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    Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life
    I have not read this book yet! I ordered it for my Mom who is 82 and loves to read and reads all the time. She has told me that she is reading it and can hardly put it down. It is very interesting.
    As soon as my Mom finishes Big Russ and Me I am next in line to read it.
    Sherry...more info
  • My father loved his gift!
    I purchased this book, knowing that it was used. It came in "like new" condition; which was stated in the item description. I would buy from this seller again.
    This book was a gift for my father (61yo), who has always been a fan of Tim Russert's reporting. He really identified with the (non-fictional) characters and thoroughly enjoyed the book. Any easy read......more info
  • Passionate man reveals lessons that shaped his character and work ethic
    Tim Russert shares many stories from his chilhood about his father, baseball, school, and important days in history like the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Of course, I especially loved his stories about baseball in Buffalo and growing up a Yankee fan. An unexpected bonus was learning new things about Yankee icon Yogi Berra. Reading this after his passing, I found it fascinating how many of his early lessons revolved around his mortality. Hearing Russert discuss his admiration for his son and the time they spent together makes the story even more powerful. Indeed we learn a lot from our fathers, and it seems we learn a lot when we become fathers too. I also anjoyed hearing about the lessons he learned from his three most influential teachers....more info
  • Buffalo native
    My husband and I were born and raised in Buffalo, New York and it was a very special place to be raised. There is something about this City that stays with you as "home" all of your life. Although, for the most part, we enjoyed Tim Russert's book because we admired him and it made us nostolgic, it had a wee too much of the "Cleaver" family to it. Also, he seems to pretty much discount his Mother in this idylic childhood and her influence on him, which must have been great. As his parents seperated down the road, not all could have been that wonderful. However, we still thought he was a true, hard-working, well-prepared journalist and not a celebrity interviewer as so many newscasters are....more info

 

 
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