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What would my mother say?
Sam Haskell still asks himself these questions every day.
When Haskell was young, his devoted mother, Mary, instilled in her son the values of character, faith, and honor by setting an example and asking him to promise to live his life according to her lessons. He did, and those promises have served Haskell consistently from his Mississippi boyhood to his long career at the venerable William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills.
In this inspiring memoir full of touching stories and amusing anecdotes, Haskell reveals how he kept his pledge to his mother to live a decent life–even in the shark-infested waters of Hollywood, where he handled the hottest stars and packaged the highest-rated shows–by refusing to become the cliché of an amoral agent. Here is Haskell as a child in Amory, Mississippi (pop. 7,000), discovering the power of hope as he waits for an unlikely visit from the “Cheer Man” (a representative of the detergent company who gave ten dollars to anyone using the brand), learning humility after pursuing an eighth-grade “Good Citizenship” award he cockily assumed he’d win, confronting the complications of human character when a near-fatal car crash exposed his judgmental father’s true nature.
Years later, in Hollywood, Haskell would rely on his mother’s teachings–honesty, self-reliance, and belief in God–as he swiftly rose from the William Morris mailroom to eventually become the company’s Worldwide Head of Television. His capacity for friendship and his insistence on living his version of the Golden Rule (being “thoughtfully political”) allowed him to handle various client crises and the tense negotiations that nearly scuttled the last years of Everybody Loves Raymond and the entire existence of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Haskell has achieved success through self-respect, and from his story we learn how we, too, can maintain our dignity when faced with life’s challenges. This stirring memoir is a testament to mothers everywhere who instill in their sons the lasting values they need to become good men and devoted fathers.A Look Inside Promises I Made My Mother
Tried to understand it and the reason for publishing the book, but it may come to me soon.Published 11 months ago by Michael F. Mooney
Took some time to get through it. Too Hollywood...too much name dropping.
Was hoping for more personal testimony from the heart. Sorry, I was disappointed.
This is a very good book about the influence of a Christian mother. There are a lot of names dropped form Sam Haskell's experiences as an agent and evential head of television for... Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by Posey
This should be MANDATORY teaching in schools. Who cares about Shakespeare or Huckleberry Finn - these are the types of books that can change someone's life. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by NM
I absolutely love this book by Sam Haskell. I've learned more from it than any other book (and I read a lot). I am re-reading this book now. Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Katya Malinina
This is excellent! There is something for everyone in this audiobook. I really loved listening to it. Sam is a very inspirational person. Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by L. BLOUIN
With Southern charm and a Mississippi accent, Sam Haskell celebrates the love and wisdom of his dearly loved mother. Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by L. Williams
When you get in a reflective mood - and want to "re-ground" yourself, this is a perfect book to read. Here is a Man who was not raised in the easiest of situations. Read morePublished on September 20, 2009 by Jennifer Rohm
I found Sam Haskell's "Promises I Made My Mother" just flat out wonderful! Written with grace and skill, it is a joy to read, highly inspirational and makes you feel... Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by atomictiki