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All Things at Once Paperback – Bargain Price, November 30, 2010
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More About the Author
Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the "CBS Evening News Weekend Edition" and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to "CBS Sunday Morning" and "60 Minutes." Brzezinski joined CBS News in 1997 as the anchor of "CBS News Up To The Minute," but took a short hiatus in 2000 to co-host MSNBC's weekday afternoon program "Homepage." In September 2001, she returned to CBS to become their principal "Ground Zero" reporter for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Brzezinski began her journalism career in 1991 in Hartford, Connecticut, as a general assignment reporter at WTIC. A year later she joined WFSB, also in Hartford, and quickly became the weekday morning anchor.
A native of New York City, Brzezinski is the daughter of Foreign Policy Expert and Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. She attended Williams College and received a degree in English. Brzezinski lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Brzezinski likes to trumpet, "Don't forget to have children!"
Mika writes, on page 4, "'One of the first things I talk about, when I speak with young women about jump-starting their career - even if they don't ask is, 'Don't forget to have children.'"
Mika's publisher's blurb blares, "She shares a refreshingly pragmatic approach for the professional woman: don't wait to have children."
However, when Ms. Brzezinski has her two children in her 20's, as Mika promotes and advocates in her book, Ms. Brzezinski is also, privileged enough, to be able to hire a slew of nannies and back-up. Mika speaks of a helpful husband, and she is able to have a coterie of babysitters, housekeepers and staff, but nonetheless, Mika can't seem to manage. Although, Mika employs a range of domestic help, Mika still bemoans continually, about how depleted and overburdened she is.
It turns out, that raising children, can be quite exhausting. Who knew, that children had so many needs? Mika berates herself, for not having employed more caretakers sooner to watch her children, and doesn't want the reader to make the same mistake. Mika's message: Don't forget the fleet of hirelings and surrogates!
But, even with assistance and support, Mika distracted, falls down her stairs as she is holding her second daughter. While in the emergency room, there is the fear that the baby might be paralyzed in some way. Luckily, that was not the case, and the fracture to the little girl's femur bone is repaired. Mika and her husband then decide to hire even more household help, to "have the kids staffed" with no interruptions.Read more ›
It always seemed duplicitous and hollow, when Mika pompously, predictably and condescendingly, harangued anyone who dared consume sugar, yet, Ms. Brzezinski could just as easily turn around and $hill for $tarbuck'$ $weetened drink$. Where is the integrity in that? What advice would Ms. Brzezinski have, about parenting babies and young children, while having a career?
Mika, frequently and repeatedly tells professional women, that they should have their children in their 20's, just as Mika did. On the other hand, Ms. Brzezinski employs an armada of nannies and babysitters, to take care of her children, which she glosses over. What Mika is trying to package as parental advice, seems empty when she admits how little she sees her own children. This often makes Mika appear clueless, in a Marie-Antoinette sort of way. One is left greatly baffled, from what Mika espouses, and then how she leads her own life.
In Mika's own words: "It meant we'd need virtually full-time babysitting help." (p 79) "I could have used much more help, but we could barely afford just the one sitter." (p 96) "He [her husband] took out loans to hire another nanny so I could get the rest I needed, and all the support we needed around the house. We hired a night person and a day person." (p 112) "We set it up so the house could run efficiently in my absence - and even in my presence.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While riding my statiionary bike each morning I watch, for 30 minutes, Morning Joe. The author is co-host and since she is a Democrat I much prefer her comments to Joe's except... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Schmerguls
Mika is an amazing woman and I enjoyed joining her on her journey to Morning Joe.Published 8 months ago by J. Manuel
The book is both hilarious and poignant. Highly recommended for career women who may not be in more traditional career tracks, even those who aspire to government service as well... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kathy in NJ
The author warns that the growing Federal debt is creating long term threats to the national economy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Leon Czikowsky
Great work on the ups and downs of motherhood, family and life. All career women struggling with work/life balance issues should read as you are not alone.Published 18 months ago by Donna
I considered buying this book for a while but the negative comments threw me off. But, having an interest in the sociological impact of women in the work force, and also an... Read morePublished 20 months ago by S. Nelson
If you’re a fan of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and a fan of Ms. Brzezinski then you will love this book and you should have purchased it yesterday. Read morePublished 24 months ago by peterp
I am a Mika Brzezinski fan, but didn't know what to expect from her book. I am so pleased, it was just as fantastic as I find Mika as a television personality / reporter. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by DENISE D HAND