Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life

Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life

by Bill Minutaglio, W. Michael Smith


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Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life by Bill Minutaglio, W. Michael Smith

She was a wealthy debutante groomed for a gilded life in moneyed Houston, but Molly Ivins reinvented herself as one of the most provocative, courageous, and influential journalists in American history. Based on intimate knowledge of Molly, interviews with her family, friends, and colleagues, and access to a treasure trove of her personal papers, Molly Ivins it is at once the saga of a powerful, pugnacious woman muscling her way to the top in a world dominated by men; a fascinating look behind the scenes of national media and politics; and a sobering account of the toll of addiction and cancer. Molly Ivins adds layers of depth and complexity to the story of an American legend—a woman who inspired people both to laughter and action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586489052
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 11/09/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 593,591
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Bill Minutaglio is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas and author of several critically acclaimed books, including First Son: George W. Bush & The Bush Family Dynasty.

W. Michael Smith was a researcher for Molly Ivins for eight years. He also worked for Gail Sheehy and several other authors, including staffers at The New York Times.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 General Jim 1

2 River Oaks 25

3 Ghost 47

4 Naturally Backwards into Journalism 67

5 Young Radicals 89

6 Us Against Them 121

7 Necessary Humor 143

8 The You Know What 167

9 "Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She"" 189

10 Molly, Inc. 215

11 The Kind of Pressure 241

12 You Got to Dance 265

13 Dearly Beloveds 287

Acknowledgments 307

Notes 311

Index 325

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