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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586487736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586487737
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Rooney has solid credentials as an old-fashioned liberal of an almost extinct type, one who dislikes hubbub and loudmouths but dislikes injustice even more.”

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“Rooney has solid credentials as an old-fashioned liberal of an almost extinct type, one who dislikes hubbub and loudmouths but dislikes injustice even more.”
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Austra on October 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Good Andy Rooney book if you have not had the opportunity to read his previous compilations. Even though there is little new material in this book it is valuable in that many of Rooney's original books are no longer readily available.

Having collected and read Andy Rooney's books and columns for 30 years I quickly recognized many of the essays in this volume. Essentially it is a snapshot of Rooney's 60-plus year broadcast career. For anyone who thinks that Andrew A. Rooney just got lucky, this book proves the adage that hard work and luck walk hand in hand. A budding journalist when he was reluctantly enlisted into the Army, Rooney learned his craft the hard way. After leaving the Army he continued his wartime partnership with seasoned reporter Bud Hutton and completed a one year stint at MGM in Hollywood as a writer. Soon afterward he joined CBS as a television writer. Eventually Rooney found himself writing for television and newspapers, as well as appearing in weekly segments on 60 MINUTES.

My only regret is that this book could do with an additional couple hundred pages. Andy Rooney has written so many down to earth essays -- and read quite a few of them on 60 MINUTES and on books on cassette -- that his book leaves the reader wishing for more.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Kilian on January 30, 2010
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I gave this book to my husband for Christmas. He just loved it and is sharing it with many friends. If you like Andy on 60 minutes you will relate to many of his experences. He says this book was the best present I have given him in many years.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jo Ann on November 4, 2010
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Although I haven't read it yet, I am looking forward to it. My husband is laughing out loud reading it. We are both Andy Rooney fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A. Farnsworth on August 13, 2013
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I've been reading Andy Rooney's essays for many years, and was happy to see a compilation of his work over his long career. His wit and wisdom bring a knowing smile to my face, and I enjoyed reading his book. What's also nice about this book is that you can read an essay or two or more, then put the book down, and pick it back up at your leisure without missing a beat. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about the humor in everyday life. Andy Rooney remains a national treasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anita L. Newbill on January 25, 2012
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This item arrived quickly and in perfect condition! I am happy to share it with my family who are younger and have missed many of his early years!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nadacook on December 21, 2011
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If you are a fan of the late Andy Rooney, this book will warm your heart and let you in on 60 years of what made Andy Rooney such a favorite of the American public.
After reading it, you will go away with a warm feeling and an understanding of the word, 'curmudgeon'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dick on December 18, 2011
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Great reading, funny
Things that were said by Mr. Rooney are quite true. Saying that we should all live by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Swim, Eat, Play on September 23, 2010
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I origianlly purchased the Kindle edition to pass on to my grandmother, who is an avid '60 Minutes' fan, but I decided to 'flip through' it myself. Flipping through soon turned into steady reading! I really was not familar with Andy Rooney except by name, but I very much enjoyed his writing style and stories. His style is clear, concise, and to the point. His stories were wide-ranging and almost invaribly very interesting. I did notice that towards the end, there was some repitition of material, but I suppose that's only to be expected as the volume is a compilation of 'best of' over the course of 60 years. After reading this book, I now have a much better appreciation of Andy Rooney's contribution to American writing (both journalism and TV/broadcasting) and the plain speaking/commonsense thinking that he stands for. I enjoyed this very much and I know that Gram will love it too when I download it to her Kindle for her.

Highly recommended!
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