Mike Wallace: A Life

Mike Wallace: A Life

by Peter Rader
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Mike Wallace: A Life by Peter Rader

The untold story of how the world's most feared TV reporter transformed his inner darkness into a journalistic juggernaut that riveted millions and redefined the landscape of television news

In his four decades as the front man for 60 Minutes, the most successful show in television history, Mike Wallace earned the distinction of being hyperaggressive, self-assured, and unflinching in his riveting exposés of injustice and corruption. His unrivaled career includes interviews with every major newsmaker of the late twentieth century, from Martin Luther King to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Behind this intimidating facade, however, Wallace was profoundly depressed and haunted by demons that nearly drove him to suicide. Despite reaching the pinnacle of his profession, Wallace harbored deep insecurities about his credentials as a journalist. For half his life, he was more "TV Personality" than reporter, dabbling as a quiz show emcee, commercial pitchman, and actor. But in the wake of a life-changing personal tragedy, Wallace transformed himself, against all odds, into the most talked-about newsman in America.

Peter Rader's Mike Wallace: A Life tells the story of a courageous man who triumphed over personal adversity and redefined the landscape of television news.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466802254
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/13/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 199,847
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

PETER RADER was raised in Rome and educated at Harvard University. A filmmaker and screenwriter, he has developed projects for all the major Hollywood studios. Rader resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.


PETER RADER was raised in Rome and educated at Harvard University. A filmmaker and screenwriter, he has developed projects for all the major Hollywood studios. He is the author of Mike Wallace: A Life. Rader resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

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Mike Wallace: A Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ZeptooCEO More than 1 year ago
For those of us who are fascinated by complex, high powered individuals, like Steve Jobs and Mike Wallace, this is the must-read biography of 2012. What Isaacson did for Jobs, Peter Rader does for Wallace, and then some, taking us into those inner aspects of his life that fueled his outer persona.Both men--brilliant, tortured, difficult characters, who abused those closest to them in their dogged pursuit of what they felt was truth-- lived dramatic lives that keep us glued to the edge of our seats. Just as Jobs ushered us into the digital information age, Wallace was at the forefront of all the major changes in broadcast journalism in the 20th century. In Wallace's youth, there wasn't even radio! Rader has done an excellent job gaining access to those closest to Wallace, including colleagues and family. Perhaps his most revealing interview is with Wallace's most accomplished female producer, Marion Goldin, who drops some bombshells about the rampant sexism that surrounded 60 Minutes, which are not to be missed. Unlike some biographies, this book gets better and better the further you get into it. I simply could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it was available in Large Print...
L.A.Carlson-writer More than 1 year ago
There's just something about this well-written story about Mike (Myron) Wallace that touched my soul. Maybe it was his personal struggles with his own appearance, or the loss of his son or the downright tenacity of his approach to his brand of journalism. I have always enjoyed his interviews because I knew there was never going to be soft-ball questions. Peter Rader paints an imposing yet important portrait of one of the most recognized faces on television. While Wallace gave the impression of a man who seemed to have no issues with self-esteem his personal and professional life was filled with challenges. This is a sad story at times but I have a greater appreciation for what Wallace did and I believe he will be missed.
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efm More than 1 year ago
Tortured life story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago