Moyers on America

A Journalist and His Times

Bill Moyers’s vision for America in this crucial election year

“Our nation can no more survive as half democracy and half oligarchy than it could survive ‘half slave and half free.’” —From Moyers on America

Over the years millions of Americans have invited Bill Moyers into their homes. His television programs—covering topics ranging from American history, politics, and religion to the role of media and the world of ideas—have made him one of America’s most recognized and honored journalists. In these pages, Moyers presents, for the first time, a powerful statement of his own personal beliefs—political and moral. Combining illuminating forays into American history with candid comments on today’s politics, Moyers delivers perceptive and trenchant insights into the American experience.

From his early years as a Texas journalist to his role as one of the organizers of the Peace Corps, top assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, publisher of Newsday, senior correspondent and analyst for CBS News, and producer of many of public television’s groundbreaking series, Moyers has been actively engaged in some of the most volatile episodes of the past fifty years. Drawing from this practical experience, he demonstrates a unique understanding of how American politics works and an enduring faith in the nation’s promises and possibilities. Whether reflecting on today’s climate of megamedia concentration, rampant corporate scandals, or religious and political upheavals, Moyers on America recovers the hopes of the past to establish their relevance for the present.


“The conscience of American journalism.”
“Bill Moyers believes with his very heart in the interchange of ideas, in individual speaking out.. . . And he is, in a very real sense, a man of faith: of faith in America.”
—James Dickey, The New York Times
“Bill Moyers is doing what Madison and Jefferson desperately hoped the press would do—provide information . . . so that the people would be informed enough to enable constitutional democracy to survive.”
—Nat Hentoff
“Not only a good reporter . . . a first-rate storyteller.”
The Boston Globe

Books by Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers Journal
The Conversation Continues

Bill Moyers

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