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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Celebrity Books (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580291074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580291071
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I looked forward to each page and enjoyed each page!
runner
I have never seen more executives and management types running into offices, slamming doors and soaking themselves in a BOOK of all things!
Reader from LA
It jumps from one story to the next, the language is over the top and it commits the very worst sin of tabloid reporting....it is boring!
Mary G. Longorio

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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm one of the many media-types who have been waiting for this book for months. It was worth the wait. I started reading and couldn't put the thing down. This book tells an inside story of the television business in a way I've never seen before. It's a history book that reads like a novel. It's hilarious, it's sad, it's shocking, and it moves. I never thought I'd feel sympathy for the guys who ran that sleazy tabloid TV business, but the characters are rich, multi-sided and likeable--even the ones you have to despise-- and you really root for the main character to get out of the business while he's still alive! This book names names and it reveals secrets, but at the same time explains what tabloid television might have been-- and what today's TV business could have been like--if the good guys won. I know some of the people mentioned in this book. They're not going to be happy. But they can't deny how accurate Kearns is. He's a pretty brave (crazy?) guy to lay it all on the line like this. This book is going to rock a lot of worlds in the TV news business. I predict it's going to be huge.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Reader from LA on January 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Let me begin by saying that I work in the "business" that Tabloid Baby deals with.
And let me also be up front about how I first encountered this book...because I'm sure that many of the people writing reviews on this site read it the same way.
In all my years of doing television for a living, I don't think I've ever seen a more photocopied, illegally reproduced 500 plus pages than I did with Tabloid Baby - and I am talking about people literally comandeering photo copy machines for an hour to get this thing out to their friends in L.A. and New York and everywhere in between.
I have never seen more executives and management types running into offices, slamming doors and soaking themselves in a BOOK of all things!
I'm talking about people who haven't read anything deeper than the front page of the LA Times Entertainment section since freshman Lit. 101.
It was for that reason that I avoided Tabloid Baby for as long as I could. Afterall, I am a person who actually goes out of my way to read books that may not include my name in them.
It just so happened that I picked up one of the photocopied volumes while eating lunch at an other wise empty conference room table.
It was the longest...and I have to admit...the most enjoyable lunch I've ever eaten alone. I went in preparing to eat Mr. Kearns for lunch. I came out with a solid, grudging respect for this book. I will pay it the highest compliment I can for any book coming out of this self deluded town. It is real. That's it. You want to meet a real person? You want to have Hollywood reality rubbed in your face? You can't do better.
Is he lying? I wouldn't know. If you're going to tell me he's lying...reprint the lie so we can all see it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
At least on this webpage, there have been many superlatives about tabloid baby. Having finished reading the book, I can attest to its engaging prose and very funny stories. However, I do not place it in the top ranks of the literary canon as do so many other fans (friends?) of the author. kearns has done a credible reporting and research job and is perhaps too honest in his confessions and opinions, which are often from-the-hip and scattershot. Tabloid baby is clearly a work of passion and authority, though flawed as any work of this type might be. Kearns should be commended, but not canonized. His debut is a very solid example of new journalism, informative, compelling and inviting. I draw the line at comparisons to Hunter Thompson, and draw the line at four stars if only to counter the "hype."
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth McGrath on November 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I hate tabloid TV. I truly believe it is a contributing factor to the decline of American society as we know it. When my daughter recently purchsed a copy of "Tabloid Baby",like the proverbial slowing down to look at a car wreck, I found I couldn't resist picking it up. Much to my surprise (and disgust), I LOVED IT - I LAUGHED MY A.. OFF. The author successfully shows just how many similiarities tabloid news has with "serious" news. I found it hilarious that, in most cases, the people reporting the news were crazier & more dysfunctional than their topics. I still hate tabloid TV, but I really love "Tabloid Baby".
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By vivinct@aol.com on November 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a co-worker of Burt's back in the "Prologue" days, I was delighted to discover this book and was thoroughly entertained throughout. Certainly his time at NBC was nothing in comparison to the roller coaster ride he details throughout the book. Not only is the recreation of the birth and decline of tabloid television told in entertaining and sometimes amazing detail, the author's use of the English language is as powerful as ever. Each adventure is told in a unique and entertaining manner. At times my maternal instinct wanted to reach into the story and yell at Burt to slow down and take a look at where his life was headed - too much risk, too much drinking, too much everything - it's almost with relief that the reader witnesses him "settling down". However, I don't think his nose for a story ever will....and that's a good thing.
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