Audition : A Memoir (Hardcover)

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Excellent book

by Cheryl on 6/4/2008

What an excellent book! I really enjoyed reading about Barbara Walters life and was quite surprised about some of her revelations. If you haven't purchased the book, do so. It is well worth the dollars. Read More

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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, sometimes startling, and always riveting. Illustrated.

From The Publisher:
Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: “I want to be you.” My stock reply is always: “Then you have to take the whole package.”

And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that “whole package,” in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than forty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

Barbara Walters’s perception of the world was formed at a very early age. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub, and it was his risk-taking lifestyle that gave Barbara her first taste of glamour. It also made her aware of the ups and downs, the insecurities, and even the tragedies that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks, for Lou Walters didn’t just make several fortunes—he also lost them. Barbara learned early about the damage that such an existence can do to relationships—between husband and wife as well as between parent and child. Through her roller-coaster ride of a childhood, Barbara had a close companion, her mentally challenged sister, Jackie. True, Jackie taught her younger sister much about patience and compassion, but Barbara also writes honestly about the resentment she often felt having a sister who was so “different” and the guilt that still haunts her.

All of this—the financial responsibility for her family,the fear, the love—played a large part in the choices she made as she grew up: the friendships she developed, the relationships she had, the marriages she tried to make work. Ultimately, thanks to her drive, combined with a decent amount of luck, she began a career in television. And what a career it has been! Against great odds, Barbara has made it to the top of a male-dominated industry. She was the first woman cohost of the Today show, the first female network news coanchor, the host and producer of countless top-rated Specials, the star of 20/20, and the creator and cohost of The View. She has not just interviewed the world’s most fascinating figures, she has become a part of their world. These are just a few of the names that play a key role in Barbara’s life, career, and book: Yasir Arafat, Warren Beatty, Menachem Begin, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Roy Cohn, the Dalai Lama, Princess Diana, Katharine Hepburn, King Hussein, Angelina Jolie, Henry Kissinger, Monica Lewinsky, Richard Nixon, Rosie O’Donnell, Christopher Reeve, Anwar Sadat, John Wayne . . . the list goes on and on.

Barbara Walters has spent a lifetime auditioning: for her bosses at the TV networks, for millions of viewers, for the most famous people in the world, and even for her own daughter, with whom she has had a difficult but ultimately quite wonderful and moving relationship. This book, in some ways, is her final audition, as she fully opens up both her private and public lives. In doing so, she has given us a story that is heartbreaking and honest, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always fascinating.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307266460
SKU 205820953
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 030726646X
Release Date 5/6/2008
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 7.25L x 1.5T
Praise
"[A] legitimately star-studded autobiography...[Nearly achieves] the stature of Katharine Graham's PERSONAL HISTORY the book that set the high-water mark for memoirs of the politically and socially well-connected."
From the Publisher
Editors Note In a riveting and candid memoir, the acclaimed television journalist chronicles the people, events, and forces that have shaped her life and career, from childhood to the present day, discussing her relationships with men, family, friends, coworkers, and rivals; her struggle to make it in a man's world; and the interviews she has conducted during her forty-year-career. 750,000 first printing.
Annotation One could hardly imagine a more celebrated and notorious cast of characters--presidents and queens, killers and psychopaths--than the ones populating Barbara Walters's remarkable biography, AUDITION, yet it is Walters herself who emerges as one of the most fascinating of the bunch. A fiercely ambitious woman who broke all the rules in the gender-biased world of journalism, Walter has the ability to remain poised and charming while exposing her interview subjects' deepest secrets: it's this that has made her a revered icon in television. Her worldly, fearless, and at times scandalous biography (Walters admits freely to her affairs, including one with a married senator) simultaneously reveals Walter's personal victories and paints a compelling portrait of the people whose lives helped shape the 20th century.
First Line Throughout American history, presidential administrations have undergone tumultuous periods of war and scandal.
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Number of Pages 0612
Publisher Knopf Publishing Group

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