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Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings [Kindle Edition]

Ron Burgundy
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Book Description

Ron Burgundy is known to all as the lead anchorman of San Diego's award-winning Action 4 News Team and anchor of the first 24-hour news channel, GNN (Global News Network), but few know the real man behind the news desk. In LET ME OFF AT THE TOP! My Classy Life and Other Musings he will share never-before-told stories of his childhood and the events that led him to choose a career in the news business. He will offer a rare glimpse behind the camera into the real life of a man many consider to be our greatest living news anchor.  In his own words, he will share personal anecdotes about the women in his life, about his dog, Baxter, and his legendary news team. Along the way, he'll also give sage advice on a variety of topics that matter most to him. The long wait is over. Ron Burgundy pulls no punches in this widely anticipated, fully authorized tell-all autobiography.

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Ron Burgundy is a trailblazer and icon in television journalism.  He and the Action 4 News Team will be honored at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum with an installation of mementos and keepsakes of their time and impact in San Diego that will begin in December.  On December 20, he will star as himself in Paramount Pictures’ Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

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It took me eight years to write this book. The research alone—fact-checking, reading the source materials, asking questions—was endless and I didn’t care for it that much. I just didn’t. But I persisted because I knew what I was doing was truly very important. A book is never the work of one man. Many people contribute to its failure, or as in this case, its success. Dorathoy Roberts at the Harvard Widener Library was instrumental in recovering so many facts and nautical terms. Janart Prancer aided my work immensely with her near-encyclopedic understanding of rare manuscripts in the Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany. Esther Naus­baum, head librarian at the prestigious Kirkland School of Dinosaurs, was instrumental in tracking down indispensable paleoecological records for chapter 15 in this book. Herb Kolowsky was ever watchful and patient, reading over many drafts of the manuscript as well as cleaning my gutters. I con­sulted with my dear friend and lover Doris Kearns Goodwin over many breakfasts in bed. Her sharp intellect and sharper teeth found their way into practically every page. Although we are no longer lovers because I don’t know why, her knowledge of presidential history is the basis for chapter 12. Her dogged enthusiasm for the project was only outpaced by her enthusi­asm for lovemaking, which I could barely equal. I don’t know what to say about Doris really except if she’s still out there and she would like another bounce, I would be game. Johnny Bench was an invaluable spell-checker. Lars Mankike brought an artistic eye to the project and a kind of European nihilism that was completely unnecessary. We fought often and he got what he deserved, so I’m not even sure why I’m thanking him here, but it’s too late now. Sandy Duncan is full of boundless energy. What can I say about Veronica Corningstone, the love of my life? We’ve had our ups and downs for sure, and usu­ally the downs were because of something stupid she said or did while losing her blood. You really can’t fault women for being irrational. Blood drips out of them willy-nilly and there’s nothing they can do about it. It’s like being a hemophiliac. I suspect science will one day cure them of this blood-dripping disease but until then, Vive la différence. Finally Baxter, my dog and best friend, saw me through many tough hours as I struggled with my emotions during this proj­ect. His love and support sustained me through extremely dif­ficult excavations into my past. Only Baxter knows the pain I have lived. Our nightly talks formed the basis for what you hold in your hand now.  
Does mankind really need another book dumped onto the giant garbage heap of books already out there? Is there some pressing desire for the wisdom of a humble News Anchor in this world? Will it add to the great literary achievements throughout time or will it be lost in a swamp of trivial scrib­bling like pornography—devoured and then destroyed out of shame? I stand here (I write standing up) and I say, “No!” No, this book will NOT be lost! This book is necessary. It’s an im­portant work from an important man. I was the number one News Anchor in all of San Diego. My name is Ron Burgundy and what you have in your hands is a very big deal. It’…life. It’s my words. It’s my gift to you.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5337 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (November 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EIGS388
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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230 of 245 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where is the LEATHERBOUND Edition!!!??? December 2, 2013
By chas
Great book, but I'm deducting one star simply (and inexplicably) because the book is not offered in a leatherbound edition. How am I supposed to display this cheap hardcover book in my apartment which consists solely of many leatherbound books and a smell of rich mahogany!?
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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RON BURGUNDY AUDIO BOOK NOW! November 25, 2013
Pretty please make this an audio book with Ron Burgundy narrating! Just imagine that? It would be even more awesome!
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80 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Long have I yearned for the perfect companion for my grueling treks through the Himalayas, a settling come-down from the adrenaline highs that come with ripping out the throat of a wild mastodon with my bare hands, killing two birds with the throw of a single stone, stealing clothing from the homeless, or harpooning a barracuda while riding on the back of a killer whale. Now that I have found this book, I yearn no more. If you're searching for musings and truths of reassurance to keep you warm at night, this book is not that. This is a book for real men of genius and brawn. Thrill seeking adventure bandits who aren't afraid to step on a few little, less successful people on their way to the top. Burgundy out.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hair Larious December 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Possibly the funniest book I've EVER read. It's not too short just about the right length. I made the mistake of reading this on the train which probably made me look like a laughing lunatic. Alot of humor/comedy books make you chuckle or smirk, with this book however there were many, many times when I couldn't continue reading as I was laughing too hard.
I've never been a big fan of Will Ferrell I've always thought of him as a poor man's Jim Carrey. This book has changed my opinion of him & I'll certainly pay more attention to his work.
Extremely highly recommended if you have a sense of humor. Do you get the idea - I love this book & will read it again.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's finally here. Ron, it took you long enough, damnit. November 29, 2013
By Nolan
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
These are the words you'll be saying on your deathbed: I read a hell of a book. Take it from me. I've only read the front flap and the disclaimer before the preface -- and boy was I impressed. Now, you may know who I am. I've been known to sing a bit. Croon a few. Goulet.

Ron and I go way back. He and I used to hunt giant frogs on the shoulders of silverbacks in the Congonese jungles. Let me tell you, Ron is as every bit a man as he says he is...and then some. I remember the time when he and Baxter saved me from drowning in the jacuzzi up at my San Diegan penthouse. Those were the days. Enough scotch and cocaine to take on the Dragon in that new Hobbit movie. But that's neither here nor there. Goulet.

You know, it brings a tear to my eye when I look on the cover of Ron's book and see a man that I want to hate but can't -- because he's my blood brother. I mean seriously. One night, after bare-chested mountain wrestling on the slopes of Kinnick Kinnick, we used a hamburger spatula to slice open the skin just above our nipples. We embraced each other like men, mixed our blood as if on the barbarian battlefields of old. Ever since, Ron's career has taken off, and I couldn't be happier, albeit with a mixture of jealous rage. Ron, thanks for telling your story. It's about damn time.

- Robert Goulet
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hair and talent rivaling Mark Twain November 26, 2013
I want to have a staring contest with this book! This book written by "Ron Burgandy" is nothing short of a amazing. You will be laughing so hard, you are bound to get paper cuts even reading on a kindle. This is comic gold at its highest. It is good reading and an ab work out from laughing so hard. MUST READ!!!

Even if for some reason you are not a fan of the movies, you will certainly be a fan of this book. It is clever and well written. It does not go for the cheap laughs, but real comedy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sold on this book before I finished reading the "Author's Notes" in the book preview. Ron has been such an inspiration to so many in multiple generations. It was only a matter of time before he released a book detailing how he became so successful. The various bits of information also included in the book (gleaned through the years of his impressive television career) are invaluable and will drive this book to become an instant classic.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has heard of Ron Burgundy. He does everything well and I hope some of that rubs off on me just by reading his book. Those Dodge commercials don't even come close to the level of this book. I'm ready for the next one already.

* While you're here, I would highly recommend purchasing the Sex Panther 1.7-oz Cologne Spray for other Ron enthusiasts like myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay classy November 24, 2013
By Sue
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I gave 5 stars because it deserves 5 stars....Will Ferrell is a genius. If you're as big a fan of anchorman as I am you will love it, this book had me laughing my ass off from start to finish. It's definitely Worth 8 bucks, stay classy .....planet earth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Only mostly offensive :p
This was ridiculous. Parts were very funny. Other parts were a bit too much for me, but it was all in good fun.
Published 3 hours ago by jen
1.0 out of 5 stars Ron Burgundy is meant to be enjoyed on the silver screen
Couldn't convince myself to read this for more than 15 minutes. Ron Burgundy is meant to be enjoyed on the silver screen.
Published 5 days ago by H. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If this book was any better it would be illegal in some countries.
Published 7 days ago by Ben Kenner
5.0 out of 5 stars if you don't like this book, you are probably blind and should get it...
Exactly what I was expecting in a book by the great Ron Burgundy. Lots of made up history, plenty of bravado, and of course the colorful linguistic magic that makes up the lexicon... Read more
Published 22 days ago by sarahpoo22
3.0 out of 5 stars decent read
Reads like the movies. Funny and worth reading. Not the best book but what I expected it to be. Stay classy
Published 24 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Greatest story ever written according to my husband.
Published 24 days ago by Reba Issac
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick fun read
Giggled fairly often and early. Really wore on me however and just wanted to finish it. Much like the worn SNL sketches that Farrell once was apart of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen J. Dent
4.0 out of 5 stars Boyfriend says its a great bathroom read!
Had the desired effect- boyfriend loved it. Uses it as his bathroom read LOL came when expected in time for Christmas
Published 1 month ago by Jessica B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by evwalton311
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for all die hard Anchorman fans
Hilarious book full of great stories from the life of Ron Burgundy from the man himself.
Published 1 month ago by Brad
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