The most important woman in the history of television journalism offers this memoir that is heartbreaking and inspiring, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always riveting. Illustrated.The most important woman in the history of television journalism offers this memoir that is heartbreaking and inspiring, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always riveting. Illustrated.Read Less
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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.
Mar 6, 2009
Always the objective journalist, not an entertaine
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-04-28 Starred Review. Although Walters writes, It was not in my nature to be courageous, to be the first, her compulsively readable memoir proves otherwise. No one lasts on TV for more than 45 years without the ability to make viewers feel comfortable, and Walters's amiable persona perfectly translates to the page. She gives us an entertaining panorama of a full life lived and recounted with humor and bracing honesty. Walters is surprisingly candid: about her older sister's retardation, her father's suicide attempt, her midlife affairs (including ones with John Warner--before and after his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor--and a very married Edward Brooke, the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction), her daughter's troubled teen years and her acrimonious relationships with coanchors Frank McGee and Harry Reasoner. She vividly recounts her decision to leave NBC's TodayShow after 14 years to become the first female nightly news coanchor, and tells of the firestorm of criticism she endured for accepting that pioneering position and its million-dollar salary. Alternating between tales of her personal struggles, professional achievements and insider anecdotes about the celebrities and world leaders she's interviewed, this mammoth memoir's energy never flags. 32 pages of photos. (One-day laydown May 6) Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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