From Library Journal
Sources used by Oppenheimer, coauthor with Jack Vitek of Idol: Rock Hudson; The True Story of an American Film Hero ( LJ 9/1/86), include press clips and interviews with a myriad of Walters's acquaintances, but not with Walters herself. The result is an uneven lashing of the first lady of televison. Discussion of Walters's career in the 1970s is interesting and revealing, but there is little on her later career. Smarmy references to her nightclub owner father's business dealings and Walters's relationship with Roy Cohn pepper the book, although little is truly substantiated. There is no exploration of Walters's questionable journalistic ethics, the effect her success has had on women in journalism, or what her role as a courier in the Iran-Contra affair means to the industry. Wait for the authorized version, or another version.- Louis W. Liebovich, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana
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