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Barbara Walters, arguably the most important woman in the history of television, has had an amazingly full life. In the bestselling Audition, she describes her extraordinary public and private journey.

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Overview

Barbara Walters, arguably the most important woman in the history of television, has had an amazingly full life. In the bestselling Audition, she describes her extraordinary public and private journey.

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Editorial Reviews

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Barbara Walters has been called the most important woman in the history of broadcast journalism, but she refuses to retire to a marble pantheon. Indeed, she continues to interview celebrities, stoke media controversies, and inspire mimics. Oddly enough, Audition is her first real book; a grand, deeply personal, sometimes defensive memoir that covers almost eight decades of intense activity. With surprising candor, the famed View host talks about her childhood as the privileged daughter of a Broadway producer who later went broke and her early career in an environment distinctly hostile to women. Although she describes in detail her numerous headline-making interviews with world leaders, Hollywood stars, and even Monica Lewinsky, one senses the author's presence throughout as a solitary, sometimes lonely beacon of self-sufficiency.
Janet Maslin
…[a] legitimately star-studded autobiography…the portrait of a deftly calculating woman with an impeccable sense of timing…There will never be another television news career like this one.
—The New York Times
Kathleen Matthews
Breaking news: Barbara Walters wears fake eyelashes, is afraid to drive, gave up her black married lover to save her career (while his went down the tubes). These and other true confessions provide the tabloid interest through 600 pages of the network diva's new memoir, Audition. But it's her heartfelt candor that lifts this book above mere titillation. Finally we learn why Walters is so relentless. It's a question I've often pondered watching her on television after beginning my own TV news career 30 years ago. In this engaging and chatty look back at a life largely lived in public view, Walters provides the answer.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

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)

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Library Journal

Listeners have two recordings of Walters's 580-page tell-all from which to choose. The abridged version is read by the media personality herself, and other than affording listeners her authentic voice, complete with her trademark lisp, this version is not worthwhile-lasting just six hours, it omits massive amounts of information; notably, Walters's affair with former senator Edward Brooke.In the unabridged version, Bernadette Dunne does a fine job as a surrogate for Walters. The quality of both versions is excellent, and both are appropriate for audio and biography collections in all types of libraries. The unabridged version is recommended for purchase, though some collections may warrant the abridged, CliffNotes™ edition. [Audio clips available through www.booksontape.comand www.randomhouse.com/audio; the Knopf hc, released in May, is an LJ Best Seller, a title most borrowed in U.S. libraries.-Ed.]
—Nicole A. Cooke

From the Publisher
“The crowning glory of a remarkable career.” —Liz Smith, New York Post“An ambitious and successful book. . . . .Suffused with an emotional intensity. . . . It belongs to a part of American culture that Walters helped invent.” —The New Yorker“Walters doesn’t shy from the tough stuff.... Nor does she, an entertainer as much as a groundbreaking journalist, skimp on the fun bits.”—People“A frank, graceful memoir of a...groundbreaking career in television.” —O, The Oprah Magazine“Walters’ heartfelt candor lifts this book above mere titillation.... Blended with this personal drama is a delightful tale of the golden age of television.... She regales you with the juicy behind-thescenes details of the celebrities she’s interviewed, mixed in with stories of her own trials and tribulations. In the end, you envy her a little less and admire her more.” —The Washington Post“Audition contains some fascinating stories (Walters censoring her interview with a sloshed Betty Ford), a good deal of frankness (defending her friendship with GOP power broker Roy Cohn), and grand old war stories from her groundbreaking stints with Today and ABC News.” —Entertainment Weekly“Compulsively entertaining.” —Salon“Witty, candid and full of history, both her own and of the events of the past five decades, Walters’s memoir is a fascinating look at the life of a groundbreaking journalist.”—The Post and Courier (Charleston)“Audition is brutally honest, both about Walters and those she's worked with. Readers won't be left wondering what she thinks of anything, or anyone, for that matter. . . . It's a fascinating look at a woman who has lived a fascinating life.”—Laura L. Hutchison, The Free Lance-Star “…the book is a triumph!”—Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic “…the grande dame of TV news has written a blockbuster. . . . Readers will gobble up the excerpts from scores of interviews with world leaders, politicians, celebrities and murderers.”—Kathleen Daley, New York Sun“an indispensable book along with a surefire monster best seller…intensely readable…She’s TV’s original monarch and superstar where power, show business and journalism converge. It’s Barbara Walters’ world, and the rest of us just live in it. [Her] mammoth memoir, doesn’t just touch chords, it’s a 600-plus page oratorio.”—Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News“Ms. Walters’s story is greatly humanized by the family memoir that colors her long litany of professional successes.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times“…the crowning glory of a remarkable career…”—Liz Smith, New York Post“…sizzling…”—Jo Piazza, New York Daily News“…compulsively readable… [Walters] gives us an entertaining panorama of a full life lived and recounted with humor and bracing honesty. 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.” —Publishers Weekly (starred) “A smart, funny, fascinating book in which Walters captures possibly her most elusive subject: herself.”  —Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739327302
  • Publisher: Diversified Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 797,118
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters is the first woman ever to cohost a network news program. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. An ABC News correspondent, she is also host of The Barbara Walters Specials and the creator, cohost, and co–executive producer of ABC Daytime’s The View. She lives in New York City.

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Excerpt from the Prologue
Back in the sixties, when I was appearing daily on NBC’s Today show, I was living on Seventh Avenue and Fifty-seventh Street. My apartment was across from Carnegie Hall and on the corner of a very busy street. It was also near several large hotels that catered to businessmen. Perhaps because of this, the corner was the gathering place for some of the most attractive “ladies of the evening.” Each morning at five o’clock I would emerge from my building wearing dark glasses, as I hadn’t yet had my makeup done, and I was usually carrying a garment bag. It seemed obvious to the “ladies” that there was some big “number” I had just left. Now, bear in mind that, even then, I wasn’t exactly a spring chicken. But I would emerge and look at the young ladies, some of whom were still teenagers. “Good morning,” I would say. “Good morning,” they would answer. And then I would get into this long black limousine with its uniformed driver, and we would glide off into the early morning light. And you know what effect all this had on the ladies?
  
 I gave them hope.
 Perhaps this book may do that for you.
 So here it is, the whole package, from the beginning.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Lou, Dena, and My Princess Grandmother
My Childhood
“Skinnymalinkydink”
Sixty-three Cents
The Pistachio Green House
New York, New York
Miami at War
“A very normal girl”
Sarah Lawrence
Television 101
Bad Choices
It Gets Worse
Television 102 and a Strange Marriage Proposal
Passage to India
A Funeral and a Wedding
Thirteen Weeks to Thirteen Years
Becoming Barbara Walters
Garland, Capote, Rose Kennedy, and Princess Grace
Born in My Heart
Dean Rusk, Golda Meir, Henry Kissinger, and Prince Philip
Sad Times in Florida
Winning Nixon, Losing Sinatra
Exit Hugh, Enter McGee
Marriage On the Rocks
Historic Journey: China with Nixon
A Dead Marriage and the Dead Sea
Resignation in Washington. Victory in New York
Fun and Games in Washington
Special Men in My Life
Egypt, Israel, and ¡Hola, Castro!
The Million-Dollar Baby
“Don’t let the bastards get you down”
Thank Heaven! The Specials
Finally, Fidel
The Historic Interview: Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin
Exit Harry, Enter Hugh
Heartbreak and a New Beginning
The Hardest Chapter to Write
9/11 and Nothing Else Matters
Presidents and First Ladies: Forty Years Inside the
White House
Heads of State: The Good, the Bad, and the Mad
Adventures with the Most Mysterious Men
Murderers
Uncommon Criminals
Over Again, Never Again
Celebrities Who Affected My Life
Monica
The View
Exit
To Be Continued . . .
Acknowledgments
Index

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Reading Group Guide

1. Is it surprising that Barbara Walters begins her book by saying that she had planned to title the book Sister [p. 3]? How were her identity and her conscience affected by the difficult life of her sister, Jackie?

2. Lou Walters's business affected every aspect of his family's life, and Barbara Walters remembers that with his most successful nightclub the Latin Quarter, “the cancan girls changed our lives forever” [p. 25]. How much did her father's show business career—and its effect upon her parents' marriage—shape the person she was to become, and the choices she was to make?

3. Barbara began her career at Today in 1961 as a writer for an on-air segment pitched to women viewers. “Glamour, not humor, and certainly nothing intellectual, was the requirement if a woman wanted to be in front of the camera. All I wanted was to do whatever I was asked to do so I wouldn't be replaced by some other female writer. I just wanted to keep my job. For the next twenty years, thirty, maybe even forty, I would feel the same way” [p. 111]. Does she feel that the situation for women in the television business has changed very much from the way it was when she began? What aspects have not changed?

4. Barbara occasionally went out with Roy Cohn, who proposed marriage from time to time. The only time she thought of saying yes was when he suggested that her parents and Jackie could also come to live in his four-floor town house. Cohn later died of AIDS, and Walters remained loyal to him throughout his later life because he had rescued her father from an indictment [pp. 103, 115]. What makes her revelation of this friendship so interesting?

5. Barbara's career has been helped by the presence of two other women: her daughter's governess, Zelle, who stayed for thirty-four years, and her housekeeper, Icodel Tomlinson, who still lives with Barbara and who from the beginning “became the backbone of our small family” [p. 169]. “Each loved Jackie as if she were her own child” [p. 170]. Is this the ideal situation for a single working mother? Why, given the abundance of care given to her daughter, does she feel guilty about Jackie's upbringing?

6. What effect might her parents' marriage, her father's financial recklessness, and his refusal to consult her mother on major life changes, have had on the development of Barbara's character and on her own approach to marriage?

7. “Because people saw me and others on their TV screens, they automatically assumed we must have some sort of special wisdom. Television not only validated our opinions, it made us all-knowing. . . . Television imbues us with an authority that often makes me uncomfortable” [p. 129]. Is this observation on the authority of television personalities accurate? How does this memoir affect your understanding of Barbara Walters as a person, compared with how she has come across as a television personality?

8. Why does Barbara say, “I was bad at marriage” [p. 134]? What issues led to the breakup of her three marriages? How were the men she married wrong for her? What did she learn about herself in her affair with Senator Edward Brooke [pp. 254-59], and why was he more exciting than either John Warner or Alan Greenspan, two other men with whom she was seriously involved in her “late-blooming, delayed love life” [pp. 259-69]?

9. Barbara Walters has been unusually successful with getting people to talk about personal issues, and has tried to approach her subjects with sympathy. Interviewing Richard Nixon, she wanted him to “talk about how he got through the dark days” and asked him whether there were times “when you thought you might go under, emotionally” [p. 245]. Why did this not work with Nixon? Why, in general, has this approach been so effective for Barbara Walters?

10. Why was Barbara worried she had made the wrong decision in moving to ABC to cohost the evening news with Harry Reasoner? How did she handle the fact that he was so resentful that he was insulting her on the air [pp. 308-09]? What mistakes did she make, and what allowed her to overcome the criticism and get through this tough period in her career [p. 323]? What were the occasional advantages, for her, of being an attractive woman?

11. Barbara's sense of guilt is highlighted in many stories in this book. Her sister's illness and death [pp. 365-70], her mother's illness and death [pp. 372, 374], and her daughter's troubled adolescence [pp. 376, 385], are particularly painful memories: “These are ghosts that don't go away” [p. 372]. Does she have any reason to feel guilty, or is her sense of guilt overblown, considering how much she did to support her family?

12. Regarding Oprah Winfrey Barbara writes, “Talk about revealing yourself. She kept very little of her own life back, and in so doing, millions of people could relate to her and know that she had suffered as many of them had” [p. 501]. How much does it mean to her to have Oprah acknowledge her as a mentor [pp. 502-03]? How does she differ from Oprah, as a television personality?

13. Barbara tells the story of the biggest “get” of her career: the two-hour exclusive interview with Monica Lewinsky, which was watched by nearly fifty million people [pp. 520-39]. How did she convince Monica Lewinsky to talk with her on television? What do the events leading up to this interview tell us about the skill and the ambition of Barbara Walters herself?

14. Barbara choose the title Audition because, as she says, “as I look back, it feels to me that my life has been one long audition—an attempt to make a difference and to be accepted” [p. 4]. Does her sense of insecurity come as a surprise? How did she manage to overcome it?

15. In most of her interviews, Barbara is successful in getting her subjects to reveal themselves. But in her 1982 interview with Clint Eastwood, he made her feel “flustered and goofy” [p. 501]. Why does Eastwood get this result? What kinds of interview situations make her vulnerable to revealing herself?

16. There are various people Barbara Walters says she wishes she could have interviewed, including Princess Diana [p. 491]. Who would you be most interested in seeing her interview, and why?

17. Reviewers have commented that Barbara's desire to be liked is felt throughout her narrative. Is this more often a feminine quality than a masculine one? Would you consider it a liability or a benefit in her career? Do you think she is writing more for an audience of women than of men, and if so, why?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2011

    $11.99 is way to much!! YIKES!

    B&N, are you kidding?! The nook book is barely a dollar less than the cost of the paperback?! What happened to Nook editions being so much more afordable than buying the book?

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Highly Recommended! Very good book.

    This was a page turner. Barbara led a very interesting life from childhood to where she is now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Barbara sure likes Barbara

    I was quite taken with how she was brought up. That part of the book was wonderful. But then it seemed to take a turn with name dropping and patting herself on the back. I also got the feeling that writing this book was some how a way to forgive herself for some of the details in her life. Anyway, I got tired of rolling my eyes with all the wonderful things she has done for the media and this country, so I finished and put it on the back shelf.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

    Fascinating

    This book kept me up until daylight! I do have to question the amount of times Ms. Walters says she felt guilty about something--but had it in her power to do things differently (ie her sister, her daughter) Also, I know that she needs to be impartial due to her status as a Journalist but she sure went out of her way to befriend some truly disturbed and heinous people. Eating grilled cheese with Fidel Castro-really not necessary for the story and so offensive to Cuban Americans. Other strange 'friendships' include one of the Melendez brothers, Chavez, and Roy Cohn. However, the book was chock full of interesting facts and stories about tons of fascinating people. It seems like Barbara stepped on a lot of toes to get where she is today. But she is larger than life and I was extremely interested throught this book. Well worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    Not a good book

    Barbara Walters does herself no favors with this book. It is poorly written with no chronological order what-so-ever. It is very difficult to tell whether she is writing about something that happend last year or back in the 70's. She jumps all over the place in her stories. She exposes herself as selfish, arrogant, obsessed with her career and willing to sacrifice whoever to get to the top. She constantly says she feels guilt over her decisions as well she should. I hope she can look back at her career and think it was worth the people she stepped on to get there: her daughter, her parents, her mentally challenged sister, not to mention the countless men - some of whom were married. Quite frankly, I lost any respect I had for Barbara Walters and the majority of this book thoroughly disgusted me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    One of the best written books ever!!

    I have watched Barbra Walters all my years, and become to love her, she was very gifted in interviewing. She has seen, lived, and done more then any woman, 'other than Oprah', I've known. I admire her more now than ever, I love how gentle she was in explaining on Oprah, how she let the person know she was writing about the affair, which he said he approved of. As for Star, Barbra was 100% correct on her answer as to why they kept her gastric surgery quiet. I was a viewer who knew right up front, Star was lying about diet and exercise, she must have thought the real world was ignorant. I did quit watching the view, as I cannot stand a liar or a thief. When Barbra explained her side and how Star treated them with the People magazine article, 'which I read too at the time', I never believed a word that Star said, this ruined her character for me. But now I feel sympathy for Star since Barbra was compassionate and human enough to explain the situation. Barbra is 100% honest and believable and through the years I've watched her interviewing, she's always been honest whether it was good or bad. And I love her even more today because of what she told Oprah, no matter what, you will always be more respected if you tell the truth, especially being in the public eye. I understand why she wrote about her affair, her sister, and her daughter, she wanted the public to know that even though she was this major icon in our world, she was very much human and suffered pain with the rest of us. She is a woman of integrity in my eyes, and this book will stay on my shelf as a part of my historical collection, and she, along with Oprah, has given women hope. Barbra is truly a role model and a woman of great character. I highly recommend this book for everyone, man or woman to read. FANTASTIC!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    At nine o'clock this morning, I arrived at Barnes and Noble, picked up Audition and sat down to read with a cup of coffee. I read for hours, bought the book and continued reading at home. At over 600 pages, this book cannot be read in a day. However, I have read enough to report that the book is magnificent extremely well- written, very pleasurable to read and absolutely fascinating. Open this book and on the inside jacket is a listing of the hundreds (thousands?) of people who Barbara Walters has interviewed and knows. It's pretty staggering, actually. Born September 25, 1929, Barbara Walters has led an extraordinary life. Walters was first known as a TV morning news anchor and became the first female evening news anchor and many of us know her as the interviewer who can make anyone cry. Walters has spent decades reporting the news and extracting juicy details and world events out of world leaders, celebrities, heads of state and other VIP's. In Audition, we get to learn about Walter's personal and professional life and her relationships with many of the most famous people in the world. In the introduction, Walters states: 'It feels to me that my life has been one long audition--and attempt to make a difference and to be accepted.' I was quite moved by her introduction and her feelings about her mentally challenged older sister, Jackie. Walters credits her sister as being the strongest influence in her life and credits her for teaching Walters about compassion and understanding--the traits that have made her such an outstanding interviewer. 'I've guarded my sister's privacy for years.' Walters writes. 'And although she was the central force in my life, she was part of the package that I'm about to unwrap on these pages.' Walter's warmth and compassion comes through in this book and you come to care very deeply about her. This book is an inspiration for everyone, but especially for women. Walters even writes that the book is about giving others hope. I see hope and inspiration in these books especially for young women and girls, because it shows that a woman can be highly intelligent, tough and successful and still be a woman. Walters is a role model and this book a gift to the world. From the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Good Read. Very interesting.

    It is written like Ms Walters speaks. You can almost hear her talking. Good sense of humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Barbara

    The book is as interesting as the woman herself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Never read

    Ive never cared for barbara she looks down hear nose at other peoples lives as the saying goes look into your on closet before you look at someelses as your book let out a secret of yoursw

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Barbara Walters fan must read

    Detailed and interesting insight into the life of
    Ms. Walters. Some surprising facts. It can be a bit tedious at times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Fascinating woman and noteworthy book

    I knew very little about Ms. Walters' personal life when I started reading this book. She is a notoriously private person. I commend the candor and honesty she exhibits in writing this memoir. She discusses her childhood, career, marriages, challenges in raising her daughter, and many of the fascinating people whom she has interviewed. If you admire Barbara Walters, you simply must read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Barbrara Walters, The Personal & the Professional

    This bestselling autobiography by the inimitable and groundbreaking Barbara Walters offers not only an intimate view into her own personal life, but also keen insights on the inner workings of the media.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    Barbara at her best!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Revealing!

    I really am enjoying this book. I've got about a quarter left to read and find it fascinating and truly interesting. I'm usually a fiction girl all the way, but have decided to branch out a bit and try reading bios on people that are interesting to me. Barbara Walters has done most of her interviewing and fame receiving long before I was even born, so it is interesting for me to get a better understanding of just who this famous woman is. The stories are interesting and really have held my attention. I appreciate her honesty and candor in her memories and stories. I really feel that I have come to respect and know her in ways I wouldn't have otherwise, if it weren't for this book. Truly, a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful

    The legendary newsmaker/interviewer recounts her life from her birth and her fathers triumphs and failures to her Sister with a social/mental disorder. Her marriages and the adoption of her daughter. The years on TODAY on NBC and then her transition to ABC on the Evening News and then 20/20 and of course her legendary "Specials". This lady has lived an exciting life and a very trying life and readers will truley come to cheerish this American Newscaster even more. The stories she tells about her interviewes with legends of the big screen and political leaders. We even get a new perspective on some of the Presidents. I Truely and whole heartly recommend this Memoir.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Historical, insightful

    Loved the way that Ms. Walters respects, yet is honest with her perceptions and descriptions of the amazing people she interviewed and knew/knows personally in this book.

    She is brutally honest about her interpersonal relationships. Yes, all of us seem to have in common with her; however it is nice to read how someone overcame, the guilt and ramifications of her personal choices that in so many ways, not only shaped her life, but made her into who she is today.

    Her drive and outlook on life, and respect for others in it with her is indeed not only to be admired, but mirrored by others in this world.

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

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    Well-told Story of a TV Journalist

    There is not a doubt that Barbara Walters was a groundbreaking television personality - as a young woman, she broke into the "boys club" of television news through sheer persistence and will power. In addition to the excitement and stress of building a career, she dealt with (and often supported) her mother, father, and mentally-disabled older sister. Ms. Walters writes of this with fair honesty as she chronicles her rise to television stardom. I enjoyed listening to this on the unabridged CD set, which is narrated by Bernadette Dunne, whose voice is remarkably similar to Barbara Walters', but without the distracting pronunciation problems the author herself acknowledges. Issues I had with the book: the descriptions of interviews with world leaders seem to go on forever, and she often takes on a self-congratulatory tone - which comes across as I-was-there-and-you-weren't smugness. But she's had a fascinating life that she's worked hard for - so maybe she's entitled to a bit of bragging. Enjoyable listening - all 21 discs of it!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Not inspiring but interesting anyway

    Wanted to read this book because I am a broadcaster that came up just a few years behind BW. I respect her for what she did for female broadcasters (and female business women in general) but the book made her seem like a whiny woman who flew around the world in jet planes with the rich and famous instead of a serious woman. She did reveal her political slant which has been evident over the air for many years so its nice to see her taking credit for it. If you want to read a very little bit about every inportant person BW interviewed over her long career this is a good book. If you are looking for surprises you wont find it here.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Facinating Insights Into Many Famous People

    Barbara generously shares her absolutely fascinating personal and professional life. It was a great walk down memory lane of American times general for this 71 year old reader. Highly recommend it!

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