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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312564376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312564377
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pat approaches life like a mad scientist.  Sometimes his alchemy yields dangerous, even combustible results. But he’s taken copious notes and he’s generous enough to share them with all of us. Kids, don’t try this at home." - Michael J. Fox

"Pat's book is a fine and fancy ramble through fame and pain and addiction and glory, and from it all, a terrible beauty born." --Hall-of-Fame Sportscaster Lesley Visser

"A courageous unflinching journey through the crucible of fame and public approbation to the depths of the consequences of addiction.  Pat has done it all right before our very eyes, only to find his way to an inspirational recovery.  A must read textbook on the rewards of recovery." - Dr. Drew Pinsky
 
"Here's why as a coach I love Pat: if he turns the ball over, he gets it back and scores. I've always been proud to have him as a friend. He's taught me a lot about what's really important." - John Calipari, national championship-winning coach of the Kentucky Wildcats
 
"Pat O’Brien has spent a career telling the stories of others, in sports and in the entertainment business. Now he finally gets around to telling the best one of all, about himself. And in the end, it turns out to be  a story that comes right out of the world of sports, the one about how you get back up after being knocked down." - Mike Lupica, New York Daily News

“Rich and well-written….In addition to being quite entertaining, there’s something for everyone in O’Brien’s story. Sports fans will thrill to anecdotes about legends like Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson….Consumers of tabloids will enjoy the juicy tales from a host who readily admits he’s a name-dropper.” - Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Pat O’Brien is best known for his work as a sportscaster with CBS and NBC as well as his work as the anchor and  host of Access Hollywood and The Insider.  O’Brien covered six Olympic Games, hosted the World Series, four Super Bowls, 25 US Open Tennis Championships, and a decade of the NBA Finals and the Final Four.  A former columnist for the New York Daily News and a frequent contributor on CNN, MSNBC, The Today Show, Hannity and Don Imus, O’Brien lives in Los Angeles, New York and Nantucket.


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A very interesting read and a great look at entertainment history.
William H. Mueller
Talk about someone who is out of touch with themselves, let alone to write a book like this... I would believe, maybe even reality.
HaRebecca
Well written, with great insight if you are involved with someone suffering with alcohol addiction.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lon F. Alexander, M.D. on August 19, 2014
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Let's admit it: we all love "Insider" stories involving the rich and famous. The behind the scenes look. And nothing appeals like a story where the "Insider" becomes the news himself. If you share these sentiments, then you will find this book a fascinating chronicle of several decades covering the rich, the famous, and the powerful. And yet so much more.

O'Brien's background is in serious journalism: he was a right hand to David Brinkley, and pursued an advanced degree at Johns Hopkins. He was a tenacious newsman/anchor in several large markets, including Chicago and Los Angeles. National fame came from his two decades atop the sports world, covering Olympic games, Superbowls, world series, etc. Then came the the years of hosting entertainment news programming, from Access Hollywood to Entertainment Tonight to The Insider. Pat gives us a close-up look at the making of these shows, including behind the scenes tensions and rivalries. Plus enough celebrity anecdotes to sate even the most hungry tabloid lust.

But what happens when the newsman becomes the news? In unflinching detail, O'Brien chronicles his own descent into the throes and destruction of alcoholism. His infamous voicemail scandal is detailed, as well as interventions and stints in rehab. He spares no tale of indignity, and never glamorizes his addiction. He is his own worst critic. And then the miracle...

Now the title of the memoir (and Pat's catchphrase) becomes prescient: he does indeed come back, but the "after this" is his newfound sobriety, followed by years of sober recovery and attendant joy. Never mawkish or trite, O'Brien shows that redemption is possible, that there is a way out. With so many recent celebrity tragedies involving substance abuse, this is a clear, insightful, and much needed testimony to the power of facing the disease of alcoholism one day at a time.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By HaRebecca on September 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Granted, I bought this book for the tabloid trash I thought it would reveal (based on leaks I read online,) but I was EXTREMELY put off by the grandiosity of the writings. Talk about someone who likes to name drop! No joke, take for example pages 315-316 (just randomly picked) and you get 11-name drops (not unusual, this happens ALL THROUGHT THE BOOK IN EQUAL ABUNDANCE!). The book does very little to dig deep and I feel that it lacks his truth. Pat's constant name dropping of 'very close and personal friends,' seems like 80% of the book, 10% of his growing up, 5% of his struggles and 5% of his recover. TRASH.

Virtually no time is spent on telling the reader how he got to the scandal and the work that was done to overcome it. Yes, he mentions situations but, in no way reading this book would you have realized he was a drunk by the time the scandal and rehab portion of the book comes up. It's like, "some drinks here, never drank at work, some drinks there, drunken night at the bar," but nothing ongoing with a climax that leads the reader to "FEEL" anything was amiss. By the time I got to the rehab situation I'm thinking, "well, it doesn't sound like you had a alcohol problem, it sounds like you had a few drunken nights."

This book was empty, pompous, self-important junk. Talk about someone who is out of touch with themselves, let alone to write a book like this... I would believe, maybe even reality. I'd be interested to hear WHY, I mean the real WHY this book was written. I feel like this book was self-serving to make Pat feel like the man he THOUGHT he used to be, whether or not he really was in the deep inner-circles of Hollywood, I don't know and truthfully, I don't care.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DavidT on August 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I had reservations about buying this book, but did so anyway....sigh. I had some long flights to navigate and figured to give it shot to pass time. Huge mistake. These are the sad ramblings of an egotistical, vengeful, legend in his own mind, has-been. He constantly forces stories in the book with no other reason then to make sure we know he has famous friends. When he is not name dropping or telling us how great he is we are subjected to his stories used to trash his ex co-workers. I guess one positive is that it was so terribly bad that I couldn't wait to see if it could get worse. It does and it did. Bad book by an author that comes off as very unlikable. Do not purchase.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Schwann on September 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Instead of taking ownership of his drinking and drug use he appears to blame his drinking and drug use on his father, his female boss and his fiancé. His treatment of women in his book clearly shows his total disrespect for women. This empty shell of a man desperately craves the spotlight and adoration of others. He must have bought his "friendships" with either free publicity on his various D level TV shows and/or with some of his drugs of choice. I couldn't think of any other reason why anyone would want to spend any time with him. I don't know how he can recall the events in this book as, by his own admission, he was in an alcohol/cocaine fog since 1983. Disgusting and smarmy!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that might not be so bad if it were not for the fact that its author is so fully besotted by himself. Yep, Pat O'Brien the one time news writer, reporter, sports caster, and tv show host/celeb interviewer regales his reader with stories of life in the fast lane. While we find him snorting coke in Chicago, it turns out that O'Brien's real drug of choice is booze. In between partying hard with tons of celebs and having a great old time his life is one continuing attempt to dry out while returning to the bottle as soon as he escapes the latest stint in rehab. His reader gets a little information about his hard scrabble growing up years in South Dakota as the son of divorced parents. A little is said about his adoring mother and stepfather Al in passing. Ditto for a sister and half brother. He likes to vent about his father, a drunk he rarely sees while growing up. Then there is his wife Linda who put up with this cheating jerk for 30 years until he kicked her to the curb in favor of his married mistress. There are a few heartfelt references to his son Sean, but mostly it's about the celeb friends and how cool he is.
The last portion of this book deals with the good stuff. This monumental jerk gets sloppy on the net with what were apparently lurid pictures and emails to the mistress that go public. O'Brien is put through the wringer to keep his big salary/ on The Insider. Dr. Phil even gets into the act and rubs his face in some dung telling him that he has total control over his future. Turns out The Insider is going to go for gold and use O'Brien and his bad behavior for the sweeps on Dr. Phil's show. The mistress dumps O'Brien and ends up taking him for big bucks and then suing him.
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