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"Before Larry King befriended presidents and iconic entertainers, he was Larry Zeiger, the son of Jewish immigrants, whose nickname was Zeek the Creek the Mouthpiece because he never stopped talking. After the painful loss of his father when Larry was nine years old, the Zeigers were forced to go on Relief and the government purchased Larry's first pair of glasses. Determined to fulfill his dream of working in radio, Larry left home as a young man and moved to Miami where, through sheer persistence and luck, and with a little help from Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason, the unparalleled career of "Larry King" began." "n My Remarkable Journey , Larry delves deeply into his extraordinary professional and personal odyssey. As host of CNN's Larry King Live, the first worldwide phone-in TV talk show, as well as with his own all-night Mutual radio show, he has shaped the course of broadcast history by interviewing every U.S. president since Richard Nixon (and their wives); an abundance of world leaders from Vladimir Putin to Nelson Mandela; controversial figures such as O.J. Simpson, Monica Lewinsky, and Tammy Faye Bakker, and countless sports stars, entertainers, and eyewitnesses to historical moments." "King's off-camera life was often filled with very remarkable events as well. Married eight times to seven women, Larry didn't actually meet the son who'd been named after him until Larry King, Jr. was thirty-three years old. He once got into a traffic accident with John F. Kennedy and into trouble when Richard Nixon asked if he could do Larry a favor. He has been fired, incarcerated, struggled with a three-pack-a-day smoking habit, been down to his last $2 when he won an $8,000 trifectaat the racetrack, had a heart attack and quintuple bypass surgery, and founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation with Larry King, Jr. A father, a grandfather, and a great-grandfather, Larry has been through it all; most recently he was ejected from a Little League game for arguing with the umpire. At 75, he wakes up every morning with the same enthusiasm he had as a kid who announced cars passing on the streets of Brooklyn." Surprising and candid, moving and entertaining, My Remarkable Journey will be devoured by Larry King's millions of fans worldwide.

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Late-night comics prattle about his age, his suspenders, and his numerous marriages, but after 50 years in show business, Larry King remains one of the most popular, resilient figures in mass media. The host of CNN's Larry King Live now hobnobs with presidents and interviews A-list celebrities, but things have not always been so easy for this Brooklyn-born son of immigrants. His family struggled with severe poverty after his father died when Larry was only nine. Later, he lost several jobs, suffered from legal and financial problems, and struggled for decades with a three-pack-a-day smoking addiction. And this list doesn't even include his marital disasters or his quintuple heart bypass! Fortunately, King's memoir covers and redeems this whole, long, remarkable journey.
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In this humorous, anecdotal account, King at 75-plus marvels good-naturedly at his staying power for a half-century as a talk-show host for radio and TV. Born in Brooklyn in 1933 to Jewish immigrant parents, young Larry Zeiger was profoundly influenced at age nine by the untimely heart-attack death of his father and by the medium of radio. Rejected by the army for bad eyesight and uninterested in going to college, he got his break filling in for a deejay at a radio station in Miami, where he took the name King in a pinch. His early scrapes are hilarious, especially with women (he married eight times), and he had an uncanny ability to snag famous personalities like Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra and Richard Nixon to be interviewed on air. By simply being curious and unassuming, King could make anyone seem fascinating, from a plumber to the famously laconic Robert Mitchum. Despite being fired in 1971 for financial shenanigans, King swept back on the air in Washington, D.C., before being hired to host a show for Ted Turner's fledgling CNN in 1985, where he has been following current affairs for the past 25 years. King, writing with Fussman (After Jackie), has produced a cultural history as much as a personal testimony, touching on world-shaping events over the last 50 years and sharing, with inimitable humor and grace, some quirky POVs from King's family and friends. (May)

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The legendary broadcaster on his eventful life and times, assisted by Esquire writer at large Fussman (After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice, and Baseball's Forgotten Heroes, 2007, etc.). King (How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere, 2004, etc.) discourses entertainingly on his antic life and storied career, vividly evoking his Brooklyn boyhood and adventures in broadcasting in that familiar, avuncular voice, which is practically audible on the page. He admits to restlessness and a short attention span, evincing a passionate, devil-may-care attitude toward life that precludes deep introspection. In lieu of revealing insights into his character or his talent, King breezily states that he is who he is, and maintains that being true to that immutable "Larryness" is the secret of his immense success. As such, he releases a torrent of well-rehearsed anecdotes, corny jokes, dropped names and baseball trivia. It's an enjoyable ride through an archetypal American life-the Jewish boy made good, a regular neighborhood guy who rises to the top through sheer gumption and force of personality. The most enjoyable sections concern King's boisterous, Depression-era Brooklyn exploits with a cast of well-drawn characters, some of whom add their own perspectives to King's version of events in funny sidebars. The author is unfussily candid about the less savory aspects of his life: the many marriages, his tendency to womanize, his serious health problems, the children he fathered but didn't raise and the financial indiscretions that led to his high-profile arrest for grand larceny in 1971. King's thoughts on the many celebrities and world leaders he has interviewed tend toward the trite and familiar, and hisdefense of his famous lack of preparation for these sit-downs is unconvincing. But it clearly works for him, and his autobiography is vintage King-lightweight but compulsively engaging. The man's a pro. A genial little tome, short on substance but with personality to spare.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602860865
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry King

Larry King is a renowned journalist and bestselling author. As host for the past thirteen years of CNN's highest-rated show, "Larry King Live, "he is one of the world's most recognized people.
Rabbi Irwin Katsof is the executive vice-president of the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah, an international educational organization dedicated to the preservation of Jewish religion and heritage.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    A MUST READ!!! I felt like I was having lunch with Larry!

    Wonderful read! Thanks to Lary, he takes us on a great journey and history into his world and personal life. He never ceases to amaze us, but now I appreciate all the layers 'WE' as the public don't usaully see. This book has many more interesting stories and topics that haven't been all over the media interviews...so pick up the book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    A JOURNEY WITH LARRY, GLASSES AND ALL

    Wow, all I can say is this wonderful read brought immediate laughter to me as each page gave much deserved merit to Larry King's life in a vivid and extra ordinary way filled with many colors of the human spirit. Just learning about how he obtained his first pair of glasses was indeed symbolic of his ability to truly "see" the diversity in people's personalities. I enjoyed learning about how he developed into such a fascinating and loyal human being. His sense of humor and ability to dance with the microphone on his desk is also a metaphor for his wonderful sense of self.

    Reading his book was indeed a "journey" one should take. Laughter came to me when I needed it the most.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2009

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    A book that you will have trouble putting down.

    If you grew up in the Bronx or Brooklyn in the 50s or sixties you will relate to this book.Larry tells some great stories through out his book.Stories that I found repeating to friends and relatives very entertaining.
    He definetly led a very interesting and full lifeand continues to entertain the public with his guests.He knows how to ask the right questions.
    Very easy reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Great Journey!!!

    Larry tell us about his life, his experience on radio and then television, is one of the most honest books I ever read in a personal life, Larry seeks to know how to link the reader with his personal journey, it is excellent book based on data and facts, also emotions, not always seen on Television inside an Interview, it is as if the reader interviews Larry King, great pictures too and it has an extensive journey on his work and personal Life, it seems he puts in a balance family and work, it has a very good sense of humor.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    Never liked Larry King; but love him now

    I couldn't stop reading this. A very interesting, intelligent, and likeable man. This is one book I am particularly happy to have bought and read. The first book I read on my NOOK Color, not sorry about either purchase.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    and it really is remarkable

    i had 1 problem with this book ..... i couldnt put it down. the things larry went thru 2 become & get where he is 2day was somethin. i love lookin at larry king live & never knew who i was lookin at when i was younger. i just knew i liked his show & can recall when he use 2 smoke (while doin his show). well he doesnt smoke anymore (thank god). some of the subjects he has in his book are just as good as those he has on his show. lotta touching, funny & inspirational things are mentioned here. i knew that he met alot of people along the way but DANG LARRY NOT THAT MANY!!!!! its a great recommendation i have others that now want to read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

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    loved it

    my remarkable journey is one of the most entertaining memoirs i have ever read. from his 8 wives to his long lost son larry kings story is filled with funny,sad and touching stories. i espacially like the story about when he was a kid when he and his buddies told the school that one of their freinds had died. i also liked the q&a chapter when he said he would like to interview god. this book is a must read.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

    WONDERFUL !!

    Larry's book was well written. It flowed so easily, and was so entertaining that I couldn't put it down. Read it in one sitting. Loved the inserts from friends and family - to give their viewpoint on a particular happening. And, the pictures were great !! Larry's life truly is a 'Remarkable Journey,' and I'm so pleased he's taken the time to share it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    VERY FUNNY BOOK!

    I THOUGHT IT WAS A VERY FUNNY BOOK AND ONE THAT I CAN RELATE TO BECAUSE I TOO CAME FROM NYC. LARRY'S WAY OF EXPRESSING HIMSELF SOUNDED VERY FAMILIAR TO ME AND HIS WRITING WAS GOOD! IT IS A ENTERTAINING BOOK AND ONE THAT WOULD MAKE A GREAT GIFT ESPECIALLY IF ONE LIKES LARRY KING. IT'S WORTH THE READ!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

    Behind the scenes look at someone who's met everyone

    This was a fun, quick read. Not too many surprises, but if you like watching his show, you'd enjoy this look at how he came to be where he is. I would recommend it to anyone looking for some insights into the TV world, and for Larry's take on some of the many people he's met and interviewed. Also a lot of back story about Larry's youth, kind of fun to hear about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    History

    I could not put it down once I started it. It was fascinating for early history of today's TV & radio not just LKL.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

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    MENTALLY STIMULATING

    TYPICAL LARRY KING; READS JUST AS IF YOU WERE LISTENING TO HIM SPEAK! LOVED IT AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. ENJOY.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    A King

    - Larry King speaking on his latest book, My Remarkable Journey, on May 31 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), covered a gambit of topics covering his life's journey. Co-hosted with his wife Shawn, this duo left the crowd wanting more.



    King spoke about his life long dream to be a part of broadcasting, he studied, practiced, and dreamt of working in radio. Finally his break came in a radio station in Miami, he was to go on at eight in the morning on Monday. That previous weekend he did not sleep in anticipation of his debut program.



    Monday came, the producer asked his name and he told him Larry Ziegler. The producer said the last name was too ethnic, what is his name? Nervous, King glanced at the newspaper on the producer's desk and saw a liquor store add King Wholesale and blurted out "Larry King". So was his the birth of a King.



    King, nervous with a new name and new set up, was fidgeting with the buttons, could not get anything on the air, he froze. The producer kicked the door and yelled "communicate!!" So King told the audience he was on air for the first time, new name, and new equipment, so lesson one of his successes, you need to always be honest regardless of what is going on. That way the audience is with you and wants you to succeed.



    A very candid talk, King spoke of the impact of his father dying when he was nine. He felt his father had abandoned him and placed the burden of being the head of the family. This has lead to a lifelong ordeal with mistrust. Even today, he expects to go home and find his wife gone.



    His wife, many years his junior always brings the same attention when he walks into a room. So King's response is, "if she dies, she dies", bringing roar of laughter from the audience.



    Part comedian, part entertainer, and part showman, King shared from his life's work and the candid stories in this latest book. As to how he prepares for his interviews, he does not, he prefers spontaneous reactions and is a self proclaimed time watcher, and he is early and realizes that time moves on regardless of what is going on.



    So take the time and read the book.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Ego

    An unbelievable egotist who never gets you intrigued or involved....he certainly loves himself and for a man his age he should shut up about his very, very young wife and new family while he hasn't taken care of his "old" family. That he has children out there he doesn't know, or recently met...shows a shallowness of a rare, egodriven person. Yuck~

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