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Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death Hardcover – September 4, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446406112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446406116
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

An Emmy-award winning journalist, Rita Cosby hosted the top-rated show on MSNBC, "Rita Cosby: Live & Direct." She also hosted Fox New Channel's highly rated programs, "Fox News Live with Rita Cosby" and "The Big Story Weekend Edition with Rita Cosby." Some of her groundbreaking interviews include: an exclusive interview with Slobodan Milosevic while he was imprisoned at The Hague; an exclusive interview with Yasser Arafat when his compound was under siege; she was the first journalist to see the suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo and witness an actual interrogation; and a rare, private meeting with Pope John Paul II after receiving an exclusive letter from Timothy McVeigh explaining why he carried out the Oklahoma City bombing. Having interviewed more than a dozen world leaders and four US Presidents, she also made headlines for her interviews with Michael Jackson, David Berkowitz and Dr. Jack Kevorkian. She has been a featured guest on hundreds of television and radio shows worldwide and earned her two bachelors' degrees from the University of South Carolina.

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Rita Cosby is a renowned TV host and veteran correspondent, who anchored highly-rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She is currently a special correspondent for the top-rated CBS Syndicated Newsmagazine, Inside Edition. Honors for the three-time Emmy winner include the Matrix Award and the Jack Anderson Award. She was also selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as a "Fun and Fearless Female." A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award, she hosts the National Memorial Day Parade broadcast to all US military installations around the world. Her first book, Blonde Ambition, was a New York Times bestseller.

Through her book QUIET HERO, Rita Cosby is partnering with the USO on a massive, new campaign called Operation Enduring Care, which will help wounded warriors and their families. Book proceeds will go towards this $100 million initiative, as well as two museums in Poland, the Warsaw Rising Museum and The Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is being built where the Warsaw Ghetto once stood.

Customer Reviews

The trash is even too good for this book.
Evan's Nana
Blonde Ambition gives the gist of what really happened to cause the death of Anna Nicole Smith.
C. Szalek
I could not put the book down until I had read it all.
Selena Butler

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Martin on May 12, 2009
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I just finished reading Blonde Ambition and a phrase my Grandma used instantly came to mind...what a nest of vipers! It seems to me that everyone in Anna Nicoles life but her son Daniel used her, abused her, or was out to get something from her. Less than a month before his death Daniel contacted a private investigator because he greatly feared Howard K Stern would end up killing Anna with drugs, he also asked more than one person to go with him to meet Dannielyn because he was afraid for his own life as well. No one he asked agreed to accompany him (yet these same people were suddenly able to rush to the Bahamas after his death to join the publicity circus)Daniel took his last breath with the P.I.'s card in his pocket. Sadly, his fears for himself and his Mother were justified.
Rita Cosby's reporting skills are questionable in my opinion. So many things in this book were attributed to annonymous sources that I was left with doubts about the veracity of the information I was reading. I can't say that I enjoyed this book as it was a sad commentary on a sad life. However it was interesting to read about what went on behind the scenes. Had more of the anecdotes and accusations been credited or had a way to be verified I would have added another star. All in all an interesting read but one that left me feeling sort of sickened at the things we humans are capable of doing to each other.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M. Thompson on September 13, 2007
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If you usually read the newspapers; magazine articles; watch TV; this book is a total waste of time.
There is absolutely nothing in it that has not been written, hashed over, beaten to a pulp, that is in there.
I was sorry I bought it as there are so many good books on Amazon to read, and this is not one of them. Do not waste your time.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Lux on January 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Blonde Ambition is television journalist Rita Cosby's contribution to what is sure to be a genre of non-fiction about Anna Nicole Smith. Cosby was close to the Anna Nicole story, as a personal friend and confidante of Anna's mother Virgie Arthur, who invited the journalist to the funeral. Just eight months after Anna Nicole Smith's death, Blond Ambition was published (with 10% of the advances and royalties donated to the D.A.R.E. program).

Cosby pulls no punches in this slim volume, which is quick to point out inconsistencies and mysteries in the accounts of Anna Nicole's life and death. Her most shocking allegation is that lawyer/faux husband Howard K. Stern had a gay love affair with Larry Birkhead, the paparazzi ex0boyfriend who fathered baby Danniellyn, More immediately believable assertions are that Anna Nicole's doctors were irresponsible in the management of her prescriptions and that individuals in the Anna Nicole inner circle are money-obsessed. Everyone has lawyers/agents/handlers striking deals with the news outlets and the legal system, the majority of which are kept under wraps.

Rita Cosby concludes her exposé with a carefully researched timeline of the verifiable events in the 24-hour period preceding Anna Nicole's death. Ana Nicole was clearly manipulated by a sea of sharks in life, and the feeding frenzy continues after her death--for which one or more people in her inner circle may be responsible.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Judy Rosenberg on September 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was VERY disappointed with this book. If you have followed anna nicole since daniel died or when she died then this book is a waste of $$. All the information you read and heard on tv is basically wriiten in a book form. Somethings were interesting about howard stern but, i think we all know he contributed to Anna's death in some way not purposely ( i don't think ).

Wow howard and larry might be bi or gay who cares! Howard is like teflon don. He gets charged with nothing and to me, that still blows my mind!

There is nothing new in the book that's worth buying. Save your money. I read it and took it back to the store today. It wasn't worth keeping!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Selena Butler on October 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Even though many of the details in the book were already know to the public, some of the details were never revealed to the public and that is what made this book so good. I could not put the book down until I had read it all. I recommend this book to anyone who is captivated by Anna Nicole.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Szalek on November 14, 2007
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Blonde Ambition gives the gist of what really happened to cause the death of Anna Nicole Smith. It's a shame that no one could get to her to help her in her worst days. I do believe that she could have been saved if only she had seen a reliable doctor! This is one of those books that once you start reading it, you don't want to put it down. I recommend this book highly if you want to get to the bare bones of the matter.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MrsK on January 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was good. It was insightful, it clarified why Birkhead and Stern ended up resolving their differences. They were more than just "friends" I always wondered about Birkhead, now according to the author the suspicion is confirmed. The author also tells the story of all the people she talked with, including her own clarification of the events. Its a good book, no one can take that away from her. The story is sensational, because Anna Nicole was sensational. If you want a good story, that reads fast and will give you some new "facts" then buy this book. You wont regret it.
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