nothing-8a36720eac7b73e083e17aee796f4d7e55f7f1cb-s6-c30Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Step Out on Nothing is a book meant to inspire anyone overcoming challenges and striving to be better. The book is autobiographical and tells the story of the author’s life as he rises up from difficult circumstances to become a premier journalist and international news correspondent.

Step Out on Nothing is a veritable chronicle of the author’s quest to find his way in this world, and explains in detail how he overcame illiteracy and other problems to pursue a professional career on camera. It begins with his troubled past in Baltimore and highlights the most important aspects of his journalism career.For young students without hope, this book will be a beacon in that storm – if the author could do it, they can do it too. Step Out on Nothing may inspire others to keep going when their circumstances seem insurmountable.

The reader will be drawn into the story of the author’s life and find at least some aspect to relate to within the text. The best chapters are those that describe the action as if you were there, in some of the most incredible news events of the last decade. This is one author who was actually there, and can give a poignant first person account of what it was really like to be in the center of the action. Step Out on Nothing takes the reader into the danger zones, and gives a new respect for the real risks that our correspondents take to deliver the news for our national audiences.

How can we say thank you to those who put their lives on the line, because they believe in reporting what is happening in the world? Those that will do absolutely anything, by taking every risk, to bring back the true story, told fairly and accurately, each and every day? I offer that we consider seeing our news correspondents in a different way. We should appreciate what they do to bring us what we need to know. It takes a lot more than courage, and this author has that and more to spare.

Watch a video of Byron Pitts reading from his book here.

Poppy graduated with a JD from the Michael Moritz College of Law. After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, she decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.