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Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Very Disappointed. Not worth it.

    I looked forward to this book, as the author is a TV writer for the NYTimes. He has a long way to go to reach the level of Bill Carter. The book is mostly a rehash of Tabloid stories. He obviously spent a lot of time with the GMA group, but i didn't need to hear about the size of George Stephanopoulus' bed! I found this very poorly written as well;too many bad metaphors and cliches. The author tried very hard to be clever, but most of time, he falls flat. Even the Times gave this book a bad review. Read the TV column in new York magazine instead.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Dull

    After the first 50 pages I kept thinking this isn't book worthy, this information could have easily been told in a magazine article in Vanity Fair or similar. After a about 100 pages I put it down, because it never got any better. Just couldn't finish it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Great insider information shared in an engaging manner! Highly recommended for those interested in morning news!

    With juicy insider details of the morning television ratings war between "Good Morning America" (ABC) and the "Today Show" (NBC), "Top of the Morning" offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of morning news programs and the lives of those involved in them. Offering a smattering of historical perspective along with a wealth of current drama, this book depicts the sort of maneuvering, positioning, and jostling among anchors and those waiting to be anchors, producers and news executives reminiscent of more dramatized tales such as the life of Jessica Savitch in "Up Close and Personal."

    Central to Stelter's storyline is the quick rise and fall of Ann Curry, news-reader-then-anchor of the "Today Show," coupled with the rise and rise of Robin Roberts of "GMA." As in many books centered on current events, explanation and analysis of these phenomena lack depth and focus more on individual perception. However, this lack of depth fits neatly within the scope of the title and does not weaken the story--rather it sets up the opportunity for a more in-depth examination of the strategies, practices and subsequent performance of these morning news behemoths as they continue to navigate the fragmenting and changing world of broadcasting and cable news.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Entertaining read -- NBC never learns

    Really enjoyed the back-door politics of network TV. NBC seems to have a death wish when it comes to mis-guided moves on high-profile TV personalities (see Carson, Leno, Pauley, etc.)
    My only criticism is I would like to have had a reference page -- a "Players Guide" -- similar to Top of the Rock in order to keep track of VP of this or SVP of that, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Very interesting book!

    Great, easy read.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Enlightening. A must read.

    I found the content credible but not bias. A smooth flowing read with no zigzagging subplots. I highly recommend this book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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