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Mike Wallace: A Life

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    For those of us who are fascinated by complex, high powered indi

    For those of us who are fascinated by complex, high powered individuals, like Steve Jobs and Mike Wallace, this is the must-read biography of 2012. What Isaacson did for Jobs, Peter Rader does for Wallace, and then some, taking us into those inner aspects of his life that fueled his outer persona.Both men--brilliant, tortured, difficult characters, who abused those closest to them in their dogged pursuit of what they felt was truth-- lived dramatic lives that keep us glued to the edge of our seats. Just as Jobs ushered us into the digital information age, Wallace was at the forefront of all the major changes in broadcast journalism in the 20th century. In Wallace's youth, there wasn't even radio! Rader has done an excellent job gaining access to those closest to Wallace, including colleagues and family. Perhaps his most revealing interview is with Wallace's most accomplished female producer, Marion Goldin, who drops some bombshells about the rampant sexism that surrounded 60 Minutes, which are not to be missed. Unlike some biographies, this book gets better and better the further you get into it. I simply could not put it down.

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    Posted July 29, 2013

    I wish it was available in Large Print...

    I wish it was available in Large Print...

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

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    There's just something about this well-written story about Mike

    There's just something about this well-written story about Mike (Myron) Wallace that touched my soul. Maybe it was his personal struggles with his own appearance, or the loss of his son or the downright tenacity of his approach to his brand of journalism. I have always enjoyed his interviews because I knew there was never going to be soft-ball questions. Peter Rader paints an imposing yet important portrait of one of the most recognized faces on television. While Wallace gave the impression of a man who seemed to have no issues with self-esteem his personal and professional life was filled with challenges. This is a sad story at times but I have a greater appreciation for what Wallace did and I believe he will be missed.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

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    Excellent

    Tortured life story.

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