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Oprah Winfrey: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)

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Editorial Reviews

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• Provides information and insights that will engage both readers unfamiliar with Oprah Winfrey as well as her devoted following

• Written in a clear and accessible style appropriate for high school students and general audiences

• Supplies up-to-date coverage of Oprah's multifaceted life and career

• Authoritative documentation supports high school student research



• Provides a chronological list of important dates in Oprah's life

• Contains new information about Oprah's efforts to reach out to poor and poorly educated girls in America and Africa

• This revised edition includes current information about Oprah's ongoing career and life

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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A penetrating yet balanced profile of one of America's most influential and recognizable public figures.

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Product Details

  • Series: Greenwood Biographies
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (August 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313323399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313323393
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,150,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Leoni Jordan on October 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book by Helen S. Garson is quite subpar. Most of the "facts" that she gives are things that can be found (...)from watching cable shows that talk about Oprah. Oprah has set the new standard of what talk shows should be, but Ms. Garson did a poor job in showing this. She even describes Oprah as "clowning" for her viewers and audience when she gets excited about something on her show. Yes, I consider myself an "Oprah supporter," and was very disappointed in this biography. The next time Ms. Garson wants to write a biography about a celebrity, she should get her research from more places than the local library.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on May 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There are many reasons why this is not a very good biography. The least of these is that it is poorly organized, poorly fact-checked, and poorly written. But also, and much more importantly, it makes mincemeat of Oprah's life and humanity. Oprah's life is taken up as if it were a "feminist political project" rather than as a biography proper. It proceeds to smother both her humanity and her life under a welter of meaningless awards and sycophantic accolades. So much so, that when the dust finally settles beneath this whirlwind of obsequious and sycophantic panting, there is nothing left of Oprah: There frankly is no Oprah there? There is a shaky feminist cardboard cutout left in the place where a life was supposed to have been.

This all puts the reader in an uneasy, unenviable and disadvantaged position. He is forced to fashion a "real biography" from the debris left behind in the wake of this disaster and by reading between (and beneath) the lines. And here I must say that the author has made my task a great deal easier that at first it might seem. Since there is an ironclad logic to her methodology -- "hide everything real that is negative about Oprah's life, and reveal everything that is positive, trivial and unreal about it" - the subtext of her manuscript thus gives us an unerring roadmap to discovery through our own devices, the truth about Oprah's life and humanity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SG on December 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I haven't read the whole book, but I do want to comment on an inaccuracy.

On page 25, the author reports that Winfrey received a scholarship to attend Nicolet High School, which she describes as a "private, newly integrated" high school. That's incorrect. I attended Nicolet myself, and my brother was in her class. Nicolet is and always has been a public school, and it was never segregated (it didn't even open until 1955). I'm not sure what a "scholarship" would have meant, unless students outside the district had to pay tuition and the school forgave it or someone else paid it for her. It's certainly true that in those years there were very few African-American students, but Winfrey was not the only one, as some other sources report.

I know she didn't stay at Nicolet long enough to graduate, but I am very proud to have Oprah Winfrey as a fellow alumna of our school.

I know it's a small point, but this carelessness to easily verifiable detail makes me wonder how careful the author was about other "facts."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bartok Kinski on June 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
If you have millions of dollars in America, a country not known for its generosity from extremely wealthy people, it's normally accepted that you are a very "kind" person, thus explains the aura which surrounds the scream queen Oprah. Her empire not only includes millions of dollars, but questionable investments throughout the world which include sweat factories and exploited workers. I for one found this book rather tedious as it attempts to make Oprah a saint who does no wrong. How much money can a person accumulate? I'm waiting for her fall from grace like Martha Stewarts, another loaded filthy rich.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina on July 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I sent this to my friend in the jail. I am satisfied with the speed and service from Amazon. Many thanks
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