National Press Club

Cronkite's Grandson to Discuss Book of Anchorman's Letters from Europe

May 21, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Walter Cronkite IV and historian Maurice Isserman will discuss and sign copies of their book, "Cronkite's War: His World War II Letters Home," at 6:30 pm June 4 at the Club.

Registration is required at Tickets are free for NPC members, $5 general public. This event is a fundraiser for the NPC Journalism Institute and no outside books will be permitted.

In December 1942, Walter Cronkite, a newly minted, 26-year-old United Press war correspondent, was sent to Europe to cover World War ll. He would not be reunited with his wife, Betsy, for nearly three years. In hundreds of letters he wrote to Betsy between 1943 and 1945 — sometimes five a day — Cronkite chronicled his war experiences, his observations of life in wartime Europe and his longing for her.

Cronkite's grandson teamed up with Isserman to use this personal, heartfelt correspondence, along with selections from the correspondent's wartime dispatches.

Cronkite’s wartime adventures took him from the landing grounds of North Africa and bombing raids over occupied Europe to crash landing a glider in Holland behind enemy lines with the 101st Airborne, surviving the bombing of Eindhoven by the Luftwaffe and filing dispatches on the Battle of the Bulge. These and many other stories chronicled in "Cronkite's War" provide revealing insights into the man who became America’s foremost television anchorman.