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The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, and the Network Battle for the Night Hardcover – April 20, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Edition Unstated edition (April 20, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786880899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786880898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Carter reports on the television industry for the New York Times and has written about television for more than seventeen years. He is co-author of the book Monday Night Mayhem. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a native of Brooklyn, New York, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

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Recommended for fans of the shows, especially with an interest in the television industry.
Chris
The main problem is that even though the authors thinks he is impartial he actually drools a bit too much over Letterman.
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The history of The Tonight Show and the battle to succeed Johnny Carson is revealed in fascinating detail.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Post Scriptum on May 16, 2000
Bill Carter has written an extraordinary book.Structurally-given the mass of information,biographical detail and anecdotes involved-this could have ended up as a mess,but in fact it is clear,coherent and quite exceptionally well-balanced.Carter has to tell a fairly complicated (certainly very convoluted)story,and he does so brilliantly.He also has to find space to acknowledge and evaluate a broad range of opinions,and,again,he does so with remarkable discipline and even-handedness.Even if one knows little about the magnificent Letterman and the super-professional Leno,this book is still too interesting,too insightful and too fair-minded to miss.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1999
Amazing. Absolutely Amazing. There's somethign for everyone. Leno Fans tried of their hero's good guy image get to see him squatting on a box, spying on a GE Board Meeting. Letterman Fans get to see their hero angry as heck when NBC let's him know that they've given his lifelong dream to chin-boy, after 10 years of faithful service on their network. Johnny stuck in the center, with NBC begging for his help, obviously siding with Dave, but committed to stay out of it. There is no better story for E! True Hollywood or any fan of Late Night.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1998
This book is absolutely riveting. No matter which late night show host you prefer, you will appreciate both of them more after seeing how hard they work at what they do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DBDR on January 3, 2011
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Loved this book, finished it in less then a week. Really provided more context and back story about all of the characters and was well-written and well-researched.
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By Justin P. on June 7, 2014
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the late shift is a wonderful story about the manchildren running late night tv. buy the book and watch the movie on hbogo
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By JEJ on May 22, 2013
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This is a great nonfiction read. It keeps you interested throughout, and provides really gripping character analysis: You get the good, the bad, and the ugly from each comic, and great insights into the entertainment world. I learned a lot too from this book!
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By Chris on May 16, 2012
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I absolutely loved this book. I finished it in under a week, because it was so hard to put down.

Recommended for fans of the shows, especially with an interest in the television industry. Even though it is quite an old story now, it's still very interesting. The author does a great job of telling the story from both sides of the fence, with a complex cast of characters.
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This is as good of a drama as anything on television -- or about television. It covers the late night wars as well as anything has before or since.
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