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
     
 

The first biography of Dr. Phil McGraw and his rise to fame
Millions look to Dr. Phil for advice on everything from relationships to life. But Dr. Phil is more than just a pop psychologist. He's also an amazing businessman who has started and run a number of flourishing ventures. In The Making of Dr. Phil, award-winning journalists Sophia Dembling and Lisa

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The first biography of Dr. Phil McGraw and his rise to fame
Millions look to Dr. Phil for advice on everything from relationships to life. But Dr. Phil is more than just a pop psychologist. He's also an amazing businessman who has started and run a number of flourishing ventures. In The Making of Dr. Phil, award-winning journalists Sophia Dembling and Lisa Gutierrez take readers inside the world of Dr. Phil and his media and self-help empire. From his early days as a young athlete and student pilot, to his failed first marriage and decision to study psychology, The Making of Dr. Phil captures the courageous rise of one of today's most well-known celebrities. Full of exclusive interviews, this comprehensive portrait explores Dr. Phil's true motivations and inner drives. It also reveals the full dimension of his personality, beyond the "down-home doc" image portrayed in his books and on television. The Making of Dr. Phil offers a rare inside look at the real Dr. Phil McGraw and provides a firsthand account of how he became such a huge success.
Sophia Dembling (Dallas, TX) is a veteran journalist and former reporter for the Dallas Morning News. She was recently featured on the Dr. Phil: E! True Hollywood Story and will also appear on the upcoming A&E Biography on Dr. Phil. Lisa Gutierrez (Overland Park, KS) is an award-winning journalist. She obtained the first exclusive interview with Dr. Phil's first wife, and her reporting on Dr. Phil has appeared in numerous newspapers around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471467267
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/17/2003
Pages:
312
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.