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There's no particular theme to the book; these pages simply collect the thoughts of an important newsman during the course of a year (whose noteworthy events included not just the Clinton trial but also NATO's war with Serbia). Sometimes they're pompous: "I'm off for a meeting with Bill Bradley. It's at his request, which is a clear signal that he's running for the presidency." Sometimes they're funny: "Let's combine all the awards ceremonies for the communications and entertainment industries and name that one event after the single piece of equipment used by all of us--the microphone. I suggest calling the occasion 'the Phonies.'" Koppel is occasionally offbeat, as when he compares George W. Bush to Vanna White, and often informative, as when he's recommending books like Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden or Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (which he once gave as a gift to Clinton). Off Camera is an eclectic package of thoughts and diversions that will by turns intrigue, frustrate, and entertain readers. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mr. Koppel has strong feelings about what a President should be, what a leader is, and Mr. Clinton does not meet any of them.
If I hadn't been delayed on a runway for 6 hours, I would never have gotten through the book, but I was stuck for reading material.
Even though it was meant to be his personal thoughts on various topics, I felt he should have organized the material a little bit.
Picked this up while browsing in a bookstore; took it home and didn't put it down until I finished the book. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by Julie
Ted Koppel is quite eloquent and has many interesting views but the audiobook (unabridged) lacks any deep and profound views or analysis. Nevertheless, well read and not boring. Read morePublished on October 9, 2007 by Yoda
Nightline anchor and legendary tele-journalist Ted Koppel set out on January 1, 1999 with an interesting idea. Read morePublished on August 20, 2005 by Dai-keag-ity
Ted Koppel's Off Camera is a caring and informative view into just that, his thoughts and daily activities off camera. Read morePublished on October 8, 2003 by kristy cacciapaglia
My first thought in his first couple entries was that he was trying a little to hard to be funny ala Dennis Miller or Jay Leno. Read morePublished on April 22, 2002 by Bryan Castro
...The dust cover should be a clue that this book is trivial. Here is Koppel, wearing a leather jacket and holding a stick. If that photo interests you, you will love this book. Read morePublished on December 11, 2001
The strangest myth of journalism is that in order to strive for objectivity, journalists purge themselves (or should purge themselves) of all opinions. Read morePublished on July 9, 2001 by John B. Maggiore
I loved O'Reilly's book (the O'Reilly factor) which succeeds at every point where this book fails. Does anyone really care about Ted's every waking thought spread over 365... Read morePublished on April 11, 2001 by M. H. Bayliss
For those who would read this book for piercing insights into the political and social milieu of 1999...fuhgeddaboutit! Instead, read "Off Camera" for what it is... Read morePublished on April 3, 2001