Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight-Talking True Story of Everyone's Favorite Therapist

Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight-Talking True Story of Everyone's Favorite Therapist

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by Lisa Gutierrez, Sophia Dembling
     
 

Although he was virtually unknown just a few short years ago, Dr. Phil McGraw has become a media sensation. Since his first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1998, Dr. Phil has made himself into the man people turn to for help in solving the problems of their lives.

But Dr. Phil is more than just the world’s most famous pop psychologist. He’s

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Although he was virtually unknown just a few short years ago, Dr. Phil McGraw has become a media sensation. Since his first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1998, Dr. Phil has made himself into the man people turn to for help in solving the problems of their lives.

But Dr. Phil is more than just the world’s most famous pop psychologist. He’s also a gifted businessman whose empire includes a blockbuster television show, bestselling books, and sold-out live seminars. In fact, the rise of Dr. Phil–and his ever-expanding media and self-help operation–is one of the most fascinating success stories in recent years.

The Making of Dr. Phil takes you inside the world of this global phenomenon. Both an engaging biography and business success story, this comprehensive portrait introduces you to the real Dr. Phil, from his early days as a young athlete and student pilot, to his failed first marriage, decision to study psychology, chance meeting with Oprah, and other big breaks along the way that set the stage for his incredible career. Authors Sophia Dembling and Lisa Gutierrez dig deep to uncover Dr. Phil’s motivations, inner drive, and the full dimension of a personality more complex than the "down-home doc" portrayed in his books and on television.

This fascinating book reveals:

  • What Dr. Phil’s childhood and young adult years were like, including exclusive interviews with his friends and former classmates
  • How Dr. Phil’s win-at-all-costs attitude has enabled him to build a multimillion-dollar business and media empire
  • What Dr. Phil’s relationship with Oprah is really like, and what goes on behind the scenes of his hit TV show
  • Why some say Dr. Phil’s brand of pop psychology is harmful, and how he responds to these charges
  • What rules Dr. Phil lives by that have led him to achieve such amazing success

Complete with interviews from his family, childhood friends, former business associates, and many others, The Making of Dr. Phil offers a rare glimpse into the life of one of today’s most fascinating celebrities. It provides an up-close look at how he worked his way to the top, and is must reading for every Dr. Phil fan or anyone wanting to uncover his secrets for achieving their wildest dreams.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471467267
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/17/2003
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,410,884
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author

SOPHIA DEMBLING is a veteran reporter based in Dr. Phil’s hometown of Dallas, Texas. She spent more than a decade as a staff writer and editor at the Dallas Morning News, where she interviewed such celebrities as Martha Stewart, Carl Bernstein, Clint Black, and Annie Leibovitz. The author of The Yankee Chick’s Survival Guide to Texas, she has written for such publications as Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, and American Way.

LISA GUTIERREZ is an award-winning journalist who has been recognized for her investigative reporting by the Associated Press, National Newspaper Association, and Gannett. Now a features writer for the Kansas City Star, Gutierrez has interviewed numerous high-profile figures, including Billy Graham, Barbara Bush, Jeanne Phillips (aka Dear Abby), and actor Rob Lowe. Gutierrez has written for a number of publications over the past twenty years including USA Today. Her exclusive interview with Dr. Phil’s first wife was picked up by numerous newspapers and broadcast outlets around the country.

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Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight-Talking True Story of Everyone's Favorite Therapist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Dr. Phil's self-help books, and found this one to be the most interesting of all. It offers insights into his background, while revealing the secrets of his success. I also enjoyed reading about the life strategies he follows in his own life. It's full of commentary from Dr. Phil and everyone from Oprah to his friends and family. I learned many new things about his life and think that everyone even remotely interested in Dr. Phil will find this book to be of interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I won't say that this book was bad, just disappointing. I was hoping for a much more organized, fun and thorough description of Dr. Phil and his success as a media icon. I felt that Dembler and Gutierrez missed the mark. The writing was not that engaging as it seemed to be pieced together, quote after quote and hearsay being the main word count. Also the end (don't worry this will not ruin the end for anyone) had a chapter that focused on Dr. Phil's Life Laws, or more accurately focused on making fun of Dr. Phil's Life Laws. I thought it was very petty of them to do this. On the whole, the biography did not live up to being an actual good, descriptive biography of any kind. It was not what I was led to expect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Dr. Phil fan and found this book to be a fascinating account of his life story.