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Serling: The Rise and Twilight of TV's Last Angry Man Paperback – January 26, 2012
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"Sander has fashioned a vivid and fascinating portrait of this complex innovator from television's Golden Age."―Library Journal
"The story of Serling's career doubles as a history of the television industry itself, and Sander vividly depicts the heady early days of live TV, when the highest artistic achievement seemed attainable. Highly recommended."―Booklist
"Sander's strong, straightforward portrait of Serling as an industry goad who confronted his corporate bosses forms the most unexpected and powerful part of the book. Rod Serling merited this fine book."―Philadelphia Inquirer
"Rod Serling was a literary hero to me, and this really outstanding book beautifully balances the highs and lows of his career. Serling is brisk reading on a brilliant and prophetic artist."―Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America
About the Author
Gordon F. Sander is a journalist and historian who has written for the New York Times and the Financial Times. He is the author of The Frank Family That Survived and Serling: The Rise and Twilight of TV's Last Angry Man, both from Cornell.
Ron Simon is Curator of the Paley Center for Media and an adjunct professor at Columbia University and New York University.
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Top Customer Reviews
All of that aside, much of the "information" in this book is length descriptions of Twilight Zone episodes. While that may be fine and dandy for someone who has never watched the show, 99% of people looking for a biography on the enigmatic Rod Serling know the show inside and out. Plodding, several-page-long descriptions of each episode are, quite simply, nothing but dull filler material.
There's nothing great about this book. It's as exciting as watching paint dry, and far more illuminating information can be found now thanks to the internet. Still, if it's absolutely the only thing you can read about Rod Serling, it's better than nothing.
As a minor note: Toward the end of the book the author uses the word "ironically" incorrectly several times in a dozen pages. It may be just a pet peeve but it's a sad thing to see from a professional writer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great account of the evolution of the television industry in the 50s and 60s as well as fascinating account of Serling's life. Loved it!Published 6 months ago by Henry Bonilla
I have always been fascinated by Rod Serling. His voice and face were seared into my imagination at a tender age. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer