Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney

Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney

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by Piers Morgan

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From ultimate media insider Piers Morgan, an adrenaline-fueled account of life at CNN, exclusive stories about his celebrity encounters, and details about his high-profile decision to take on the issue of gun control at its historical tipping point.

When Piers Morgan arrived in the US, he was a thoughtful outsider and observer of our country—a modern-day


From ultimate media insider Piers Morgan, an adrenaline-fueled account of life at CNN, exclusive stories about his celebrity encounters, and details about his high-profile decision to take on the issue of gun control at its historical tipping point.

When Piers Morgan arrived in the US, he was a thoughtful outsider and observer of our country—a modern-day Alexis de Tocqueville, if a limousine-chasing British tabloid editor could be called that. From rushing to the roof of the studio that filmed America’s Got Talent so that he could broadcast live breaking news about the tsunami in Japan, only to rush back and judge a singing, dancing Christmas tree; from being snubbed by Bill O’Reilly, who pretended not to recognize him (despite the largest cable news marketing campaign in television history) to, moments later, consenting to take a picture with O’Reilly’s daughter, who happened to be a big fan of America’s Got Talent (Bill was immediately scolded by security for “photographing the talent,” which is a comeuppance more artful than one could make up); from declaring in no uncertain terms that the 2011 shooting of Gabby Giffords would change American guns laws as surely as the 1996 massacres in Dunblain, Scotland, and Tasmania, Australia, had done, only to rail in disbelief the following year at the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre in 2012, and the gun lobby’s insistence that it was “too soon” to discuss the problem of guns in America.

The hit HBO series Newsroom posits that America needs a newsman who has a point of view, who does not suffer fools, and who does not give “equal time” to idiocy. Watching Piers Morgan, one gets the sense that he is as close to the character Will McAvoy as we have in this country presently. A scrappier version of Anderson Cooper. A thinking man’s bruiser.

Piers gives an adrenaline-fueled account of life at CNN and a reflective and heartfelt account of his continuing love affair with America, including his high profile participation in the gun debate. He is also happy to weave personal material on his wife and family, so you have a sense of really knowing the man.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Moore
“Week after week, Piers Morgan has taken on the National Rifle Association, the United States Congress, and numerous gun evangelists . . . and (thankfully) it doesn't look like he's going to give up.”
Kirkus Reviews
Fast-paced, name-dropping memoir, in diary form, from the British journalist (and talent show judge) who replaced American cable news legend Larry King. Morgan, who was, at 28, the youngest editor in chief of London's notorious Sunday tabloid News of the World, was one of the few in media circles who was not surprised when he was named to take King's prime spot weeknights at 9:00 p.m. on CNN. Though well-known, if not always well-regarded, in the U.K. for his stints atop Fleet Street tabloids, Morgan was known mainly in the United States for his snarky commentary on NBC's summer hit America's Got Talent. Here, the author tells the story of his success as host of Piers Morgan Live, from its prelude in the summer of 2010, to his debut in January 2011 and through the spring of 2013. His first year coincided with, among other major news stories, the Arab Spring, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and the deficit-ceiling showdown between the Obama administration and congressional Republicans--all very good for ratings, he writes. The election year brought a sophomore slump, and it wasn't until a spate of gun-related mass murders that Morgan writes he finally hit his stride and found his voice. Against the advice of his seasoned producer, Morgan refused to hide his contempt for America's gun culture and its spokespersons, who appeared on his program. After the Sandy Hook massacre in December 2012, Morgan became the target of an Internet campaign, instigated by radio talking head Alex Jones, to deport him for his anti–Second Amendment outspokenness. Perhaps since so many of his diary entries reflect a glibly superficial and conventional view of politics and celebrity culture, Morgan's gun crusade can seem motivated less by bravery and conviction than by brand consciousness and a hunger for ratings. Will provide an enjoyable fix for news junkies but not much substance to others.

British journalist, author, and television Piers Morgan (Insider; Don't You Know Who I Am?) began irritating people within weeks of being named the editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World in the mid-nineties. Since then, he has continued to arouse strong emotions on topics ranging from gun control and the veracity of the Bible to Madonna and George Zimmerman. In Shooting Straight, he stands his ground on his calls for weapon regulation and rakes the field with his own word arsenal. One feisty read.

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  • The King and I. My first meeting ever with Larry King, on the day I was announced as his replacement at CNN.

  • Meet the Author

    Piers Morgan is known for hosting NBC’s runaway hit America’s Got Talent and his popular CNN show, Piers Morgan Tonight, which held the timeslot previously occupied by Larry King Live. Morgan started his career as a reporter for The Wimbledon News, and went on to work for The Sun and to become the youngest ever editor of News of the World in 1994. He then became the editor-in-chief of the Daily Mirror and then a columnist for GQ, as well as a host on the BBC before joining CNN in 2010.

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    Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    A thin diary by a man of epic self-absorption and vacuity. The Morgan book masquerades as gun control advocacy but it is, in fact, about his celebrity fawning and groveling. He rehashes the Dunblane, Scotland massacre and the U.S. versus Britain gun deaths statistics, and if I hear his ratings-driven schtick I may take a gun to my head out of boredom and disgust. I am a staunch gun control advocate, but I don't want this faker being a spokesman for the crusade. All he has managed to do with his name-calling is galvanize the followers of the very guests he insults. His book is a travesty.
    guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
    his arguments for gun control stem from his inability to understand the america has guns to protect us from tyranny. and if anyone was ALLOWED to be armed in that aurora movie theatre then hey that joker guy wouldve been shot in two seconds, but instead they say oh well too many people have guns when in fact they ALREADY banned protection and hence that why no one was protected.
    embeck7 More than 1 year ago
    Piers may not be everyone's cup of tea, but neither am I.  Perhaps that's why I found his book to be a delight.  Piers has a quick wit, and ability to ask the direct questions (and get them answered).  He is a voice of reason regarding America's obsession with guns, and reasonable ways to help decrease our gun violence. The book is a diary style format, and easy reading.  A pleasure.  
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    nortoncmd More than 1 year ago
    Anything by this clown belongs in fiction
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    If you're a gun nut you will hate this book. I loved it. Piers Morgan is correct; the extreme gun violence in the U.S. is insane. If everyone had a gun we would be in greater danger, not safer. I also love his sense of humor and his acknowledgement that gun control alone will not solve the problem.