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Audition: A Memoir

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The most important woman in the history of television journalism offers this memoir that is heartbreaking and inspiring, surprising and fun, ... Show synopsis

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Sivvie

Grace and panache in television.

by Sivvie on Oct 8, 2010

Everything Barbara Walters does is done with panache. This attractive woman journalist has been giving us wonderful TV specials for years. Now she has turned her talents to writing her autobiography, and it's a winner. It's a substantial book which takes enough time for the reader to feel a sense of intimacy with the author. Every chapter is rich with information, and the interest never flags. We are given all aspects of Ms Walters - the good and the not-so-good, but the end result will probably be a great liking and respect for who the author is and her ability for hard work side by side with compassion. There is a gripping and fair chapter on Monica Lewinsky, a fascinating one on heads of state, a poignant one on her daughter, Jackie called 'The Hardest Chapter To Write' and others that will be compulsive reading, such as the one called 'Murderers'. It's all here, all her meetings and anecdotes over the years of her extraordinary time in television. Born in the 1920s to Lou Walters and Dena Seletsky, the author led a different life from the start. Her father was the well-known entrepreneur of night clubs called The Latin Quarter. His lavish entertainment and venues caused wild fluctuations in the family's wealth. Growing up, Barbara lived grandly while the good years were on, but ended up with her parents and sister, Jackie, being financially dependent upon her. Her older sister, born with a mildly intellectual handicap, was the cause of great love and great guilt, and to a certain extent defined the hard-working Barbara we know today. This really is a great autobiography, mainly because of the author's generosity in giving us all the facts, allowing us into her life with her good days and bad days showing, and giving us the chance to explore an extraordinary human-being.

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Foxie

Always the objective journalist, not an entertaine

by Foxie on Mar 6, 2009

I read Jane Fonda's book, My Life so Far, and ejoyed it so much I thought I would read Barbra's bio. While Jane's book related a lot of emotional issues and her life, Barbara's book did not! I thought what a fascinating life she has had, all the people she has interviewed. Unfortunately, as a reporter her novel is very dry and objective. I expected more emotional inserts to find out what the woman was "really" like and she didn't offer many. She was the first acknowleged anchor woman, after all! I know that must have taken a lot of difficult stressful days but she worded it just like that. No, in depth feelings or struggles explained in an emotional way that a reader might find intriguing. Her descriptions of her interview subjects were good however, she left me wanting more inside information. As the reader, I felt constantly like I was viewing her life, on the outside of a window, not really able to see in...in fact, like in a blind spot. I was left empty handed, yet her thoughts about raising her daughter and struggle of motherhood were good.

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