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Archie & Edith, Mike & Gloria: The Tumultuous History of All in the Family Paperback – January 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; First (PB original) edition (January 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894805274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894805271
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "mooshoo2000" on May 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
I thought while reading this book how thoroughly done it was. I thought about how much I loved All in the Family, how connected I felt to each character, how I identified with Mike, Gloria, Edith and even Archie. How real it was to me. When a piece of literature, brings back all of those feelings and memories, it is something to remember. Pictures, stories, Archie-isms and an episode guide are just a few things that make up this book. I recommend it to all Archie Bunker fans and haters alike. This book is one of the best documentations of characters you love to hate, that I have ever come across.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1999
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If you love the show ALL IN THE FAMILY like I do you will find this book very interesting. It gave you a better outlook of how the show was written and why. It told of the actors and what they gave to the show. It told of how CARROLL O'CONNOR really had to fight the producers and writes to make it the show that it became. It was because of Carroll O'Connor that the other actors finally spoke up and they all worked together. This book proves that it was CARROLL O'CONNOR that really made All In The Family.Everyone needs to read this book and they will come away with a better outlook of the show.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on October 24, 2000
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First there was Duffy's Tavern, then the Honeymooners, (Til Death Do Us Part in the UK) and before Moe's Tavern was ALL IN THE FAMILY. The enormous impact this show had on American society with its controversial subject content and very un-Father Knows Best language and worldview is unquestionable. It was the show that could anger and shock you and drive you to tears one moment, and in the blink of an eye, have you rolling on the floor in laughter. It was one of the first shows to deal with Women's Issues, Bigotry - - no topic was too controversial. This book will help you appreciate it... and yes, it has an episode guide, the trivia and all that stuff too. It was the show that made us look at ourselves and sparked passionate arguements. This is a fascinating, yet incredibly readable history of the show, balancing between sociological analysis and the stuff that any true fan or addict would want to know. Thumbs up for TV fans, and people like me who grew up on it and were deeply effected by the episodes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Tatarka on October 5, 2009
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The best part of this book is the episode guide at the back. The rest of the book is average--not a lot of surprises or previously unknown facts but not a bad read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mediaman on August 18, 2008
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The author of this book merely went through some old magazine interviews and pieced together this book about All in the Family. The author also wrote books on "The Honeymooners," so it's no surprise that throughout the book she compares All lin the Family with The Honeymooners, though she never really makes her case. Other than one chapter near the end that analyzes the controversy over the such, this ends up being an enlarged TV Guide-style article praising the series without going into any depth. It does have an episode guide but the books is just the minimal that could be written on the subject and just about anyone who watched the show could have done it as well as this author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on May 24, 2011
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I bought this book because I enjoy watching "All in the Family" reruns on TV Land. It's a great show. This book tells the history of how the show was formed, written and produced, but you don't hear from the actors themselves very much at all.
I want to know how the four actors felts about these roles, about their day-to-day adventures while filming and how they felt about each other as professionals and individuals. This book didn't answer those questions.
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