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In her second year as cohost of MSNBC's Morning Joe, TV news veteran Brzezinski is on fire, after enduring her share of professional setbacks and personal hardships. In this straightforward, frank account of her career trajectory, Brzezinski, the daughter of President Carter's national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, does not bother to disguise her hard-fought ambition to secure a top news anchor position or hide the fact that she is not satisfied (nor very good at) being a stay-at-home mom of two daughters. From the beginning of her TV career, working her way up at local affiliates in Hartford, to her big break, getting hired in 1997 for an overnight CBS network anchor program in New York, Up to the Minute, the author resolved to make the frantic pace work, despite the increasing toll the late hours and absences from her family were taking. Distracted, pressured to return too early to work after the birth of her second child and exhausted, she took a bad fall down the stairs of her Yonkers home while holding her infant. The trauma scared her into slowing down, but not for long. Opportunity has seasoned Brzezinski but not hardened her, and having found her venue and voice with Morning Joe, she shares a refreshingly pragmatic approach for the professional woman: don't wait to have children and don't let your job treat you like a bad boyfriend. (Jan.)
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“Having It All,” the title of the modern Superwoman’s to-do list, implies a sequential mastery of the tasks at hand. Career? Check. Husband? Check. Kids? Check. Yet instead of accomplishing her life’s goals one at a time, Brzezinski managed to juggle them more or less simultaneously. Occasionally, however, something came crashing down, and it was one such literal fall—down a flight of stairs with her four-month-old daughter in her arms—that caused the bright young star of broadcast journalism to rethink her priorities. From her days as a cub reporter in a small New England TV station to high-profile anchor responsibilities with CBS and MSNBC, Brzezinski’s career frequently fell prey to network politics, causing her ability to simultaneously function as a committed wife and mother to suffer as a result. Filled with as much self-deprecating candor as self-congratulatory bromides, Brzezinski and coauthor Paisner nonetheless offer a realistically detailed portrait of the pitfalls to be avoided on one’s professional and personal paths to success. --Carol Haggas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Mika is an amazing woman and I enjoyed joining her on her journey to Morning Joe.Published 3 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 6 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 8 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 13 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 15 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 18 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 19 months ago by DENISE D HAND
Thank you. Mika!!!! By her putting those personal words down, detailing the struggles reaffirmed to me that. I am not alone by any means. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sperry1024