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In this tepid memoir, the 60 Minutes grand inquisitor appears rather manipulative, turning on a dime from unctuous insinuation to prosecutorial grilling, always searching for the point of emotional revelation when his subject weeps, rants or flounders in self-incriminating panic. Wallace includes many transcripts of such moments from his 50-year interviewing career, but with a few exceptions—a breakdown by JFK bodyguard Clint Hill, Norman Mailer calling Eisenhower a "bit of a woman"—they feel flat on the page, couched as they are in rambling, repetitive conversational prose (readers may find the accompanying DVD of broadcast highlights—not seen by PW—somewhat livelier). Stripped of televisual aura, the transcripts also reveal the paucity of hard information Wallace uncovers; often, the interviews are more like theatrical showcases for the behind-the-scenes grunt work of journalistic fact-finding. Wallace himself seems to have learned little from it, to judge by his background commentary, which consists mainly of historical glosses interwoven with usually friendly (or adulatory) personal reminiscences of famous interviewees. Wallace does offer intriguing, if defensive, accounts of journalistic crises like CBS's censoring of a 60 Minutes interview with tobacco whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand. Otherwise, the book is a dull and not illuminating read.
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From the perspective of 60 years of reporting, most notably with 60 Minutes respected newsman Wallace, in his second memoir, shares interviews with the famous and the infamous, including personal observations on the friends and enemies he's made along the way. Interspersing clips from interviews with commentary, Wallace also provides the historical context and backstory. In 1971, talking to President Lyndon B. Johnson two years after leaving office, Wallace goads the desolate and compulsively controlling Johnson to speak about the legacy of the Vietnam War. Wallace relates his own personal struggles with depression, a malady he publicly shared with William Styron and Art Buchwald. He relates his respect for the penetrating intelligence and political savvy of Richard Nixon, his admiration for the public service spirit of Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, and his long friendship with Nancy Reagan, including a public falling out and a public patching up on Larry King Live. He includes a chapter featuring interviews with con artists and crooks, which 60 Minutes is famous for unveiling, and a chapter featuring beloved celebrities Shirley MacLaine, Vanessa Redgrave, Barbra Streisand, and others. The book also includes a 90-minute DVD of clips from Wallace's more famous interviews. Vanessa Bush
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Abridged edition (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401397441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401397449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,193,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Publius on November 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wallace's new book is a good quick read for those interested in really any aspect of 20th century history. Out of the many journalists in the latter half of the century, Wallace has certainly made a name for himself as one of the preeminent interviewers on network television. Yes, his interviewing techniques are harsh, but he really gets to the meat of the story. Wallace's version of history is, however, just one take on events, and this book clearly demonstrates his bias. Take for example the story of Jeffrey Wigand, the Brown & Williamson Tobacco executive who became famous for an interview with 60 Minutes where he alleged that big tobacco CEO's perjured themselves in saying that `nicotine was not addictive.' After CBS tried to pull the interview after the threat of a lawsuit, Wallace, in this book, says that he became outraged by CBS's decision to pull the interview. Wallace writes that he was no longer able to view his producer Don Hewitt "with the respect, much less the affection, that I once had felt so profoundly." Later on in this chapter about Wigand, Wallace criticizes the movie "The Insider" as portraying the CBS journalists as "venal or craven wretches who had no business calling ourselves journalists." The ironic part about this criticism is that the summary of events in Wallace's book about Wigand mirrors the exact events detailed in the movie. It would be interesting if Wallace and Gates would write a whole book about the fallout during the Wigand interview. I admit that I am biased, being a devotee of the movie and I am disappointed that the Wigand controversy is covered in less then 16 pages. Some of the other parts of the book including interviews with pop stars could have been skipped over, but was thrown in merely for marketing purposes.Read more ›
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 15, 2005
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How often does a book come along which should delight both readers and non-readers? This one does, because those who aren't fond of reading can simply watch the DVD of Wallace's finest interviews (included with this book).

After that, I'm betting they'll want to read the book, if only to get the kind of details that the DVD only hints at. Wallace not only opens up about his personal life but shares plenty of anecdotes about celebrities and life on the 60 Mintues set.

He also is quite honest about his struggle with a particularly intense depression, one that nearly sidelined him. This section alone should serve as inspiraton to readers who think that successful people are somehow impervious to pain and difficulty. I was impressed by his willingness to speak honestly about this challenging part of his life.

As someone who can (by his own admission) be blunt and perhaps too outspoken at times, Wallace also reveals some of the tiffs and rough moments he has had with some of his subjects- and when and how he made up with most of them...but not all. He had his share of enemies as well as at least one major lawsuit (a lawsuit that may have been a factor in his depression).

Wallace has interviewed an amazing number of famous people, from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan, from crooks to celebrities, famous athletes as well as statesmen.
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Format: Hardcover
Mike Wallace, known to generations of TV viewers as a mainstay of the television newsmagazine "60 Minutes," has enjoyed a long and legendary career. Since his salad days as a news correspondent in the medium's early days, and through the various incarnations of his several shows, the often-acerbic Wallace developed a reputation as a hard-hitting inquisitor. He has interviewed presidents and potentates, musicians and murderers, rock stars and racists.

Wallace and co-author Gary Paul Gates, with whom he collaborated on his 1984 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, are reunited for BETWEEN YOU AND ME, a collection of some of these memorable interviews.

The personalities chosen for inclusion in BETWEEN YOU AND ME weigh in at varying levels of interest. In his chapter on "Race in America," Wallace recalls his meetings with Malcolm X and his successor, Louis Farrakhan, who was accused of complicity in the assassination of the leader of the Black Muslims. Farrakhan also shares an emotional scene in the book as he seeks to reconcile with Malcolm X's daughter, Betty Shabazz.

Wallace is at his best when he's up against establishment figures, such as confronting General William C. Westmoreland on his misrepresenting the number of enemy troops during the Vietnam War.

One of Wallace's best attributes is his sense of outrage, even when it comes to complaining about his employers. He almost retired in the face of CBS's refusal to air a segment on the tobacco industry and had numerous, though less volcanic, other disagreements over the years.

His coverage of Middle East topics fills a major portion of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bradley F. Smith on April 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
An entertaining look back at some of the characters interviewed on television since the 1950s by veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace. Like most TV people who try to write memoirs, Wallace struggles a bit to translate his experiences into the print medium. Consequently, one is left wishing for more substance. Many of the interview transcripts fall curiously flat. But when one watches the same material on the accompanying DVD, voila! It comes alive. It's astonishing to see many of the historical figures Wallace encountered, especially during the 1950s when some were nearing the end: Frank Lloyd Wright and Thomas Hart Benton, in particular. Vladimir Horowitz is also a revelation. The book is well worth perusing.
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