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O’Brien is the child of a black Cuban mother and white Australian father, and her mixed-race heritage informed every step of her personal and professional voyage, one that took her from an isolated suburban Long Island childhood to the catbird’s seat at CNN’s anchor desk. Acknowledging the distinctive sensibility she brings to her coverage of the day’s most divisive and dramatic events, O’Brien chronicles her early years in broadcast journalism as well as her present position as one of cable news’ most respected correspondents. To reveal how her story affects her approach to the people and subjects she covers, O’Brien shares a worldview that is rooted in diversity and communicated with compassion. By breaking down cataclysmic events such as hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes into individual episodes of suffering, strength, and survival, O’Brien swiftly transforms the overwhelming into the understandable. Impassioned yet intimate, O’Brien’s electrifying memoir demonstrates her instinctive responsibility to present each crisis as a sacred opportunity to illuminate and educate her viewers. --Carol Haggas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Impassioned yet intimate, O'Brien's electrifying memoir demonstrates her instinctive responsibility to present each crisis as a sacred opportunity to illuminate and educate her viewers." ---Booklist

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (November 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452650276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452650272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,062,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dennis7Cook on November 27, 2010
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I've always liked Soledad and this book opens a door onto what drives her and makes her a caring, thoughtful person and journalist. The book traces her story from a sometimes puzzled mixed-race child growing up in a Long Island NY town, through her discovery of her true calling to be a news reporter and journalist, a series of not-quite fulfilling TV news jobs, to her unique position at CNN, telling stories about people with feeling, compassion and depth. The descriptions of her news coverage sometimes have flash-backs to her childhood with her family prompted by some situation she is describing. The final chapters about her coverage of the Haiti earthquakes are poignant, especially the reaction of her oldest daughter who accompanied her on one of her trips there. A very well-written book about the whirlwind life of this unique woman.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. Very interesting. Throughout Soledad O'Brien kept mentioning that she and her five siblings went to Harvard, and they had a strong work ethic and strong family values. But what she didn't come out and openly mention is what (or who) got them into Harvard was "William Reed Huntington, a rich, progressive Harvard-educated architect..." Her parents rented a small house from him and then bought land from him to build their own house on. It's who you know, not just what you know.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B King on November 18, 2010
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I pre-ordered, received and read this book in 2-days. Honestly, I could not put it down once I started reading it. Soledad is one of my favorite journalists because she's intelligent, not afraid to ask the "tough" questions, as well as being absolutely beautiful. She handles situations with poise, charm and charisma. This book embodies all the qualities that I really like in her, but also gives you an indepth look at her journey. She has lead an extremely interesting life and made the most of her opportunities, those she was given and those she has created. The writing is seamless and she does a phenomenal job of capturing the moments, and her perspective, while telling the story, as it unfolds. Often times, I felt as though I were there. In my opinion, every person will be greatly enriched by reading this text. Great Job Soledad!!!! I can't wait to read the next one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Middle-aged Professor on February 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read this story without difficulty. She writes it like a news story narration. The entire book comes at you in the present tense. And in short declarative sentences. She is raised a mixed race child in white Long Island. She faces discrimination, and she tells about how this felt in moving and enlightening ways. She goes on to Harvard, a driven overachiever, and then on to a career in journalism. Her drive, ambition and success are all impressive, and yet seem a little sad. She has not come through life unscathed; the memoir she writes in her seventies, with a little more introspection will be more interesting. I look forward to it. The book moves on to big stories she covers: Katrina, Black in America, Latino in America, Haiti. The vignettes that are effective on television are less compelling in a memoir. They start to run together and lack the depth their tragedy and importance merit. The book is not as good as the film, so to speak. Still, she creates an accessible entree into important subjects. I salute her.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Rabideau on January 3, 2011
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The Next Big Story details the life and career of Soledad O'Brien from childhood to several important stories she has covered.

She was born Maria De La Soledad O'Brien the daughter of a Austrialian Irish man and Cuban of African descent. She was the fifth of their six children and grew up in a predominaly white part of Long Island New York. Her four older siblings went to Harvard, and Sladad went there a well orgionally majoring in Pre-Med. Then during her Junior year she interned at a Boston news station. She worked at the News station while going to school, but soon realized that she would rather be a Journalist than a doctor. She worked in Boston and New York for a while before transfering to California to be with her boyfriend (and current husband) lived. She was on several stations in California before moving back to New York and being a T.V Journalist for NBC, MSNBC,and CNN as well as raising four children.

Over the years she has covered some major stories that she talks about in the book. From 9/11 to Katrina to the Tsunomii in Inonesia to the earthquake in Haiti she details what she was thinking and feeling during the times she was there. She also discribes two of her documentaries Black in America and Latino in America to give some perspective to how others live.

Over all a very good book that is hard to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Dun on January 7, 2013
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Ms. O'Brien was the keynote speaker at my daughter's graduation at the Univ. of Delaware. Watched her on CNN's Starting Point. Wanted to learn more about her. Book was well written, interesting, and revealed her personality, intelligence, curiosity, passion, caring, creativity, flexibility, compassion, and dedication. Would recommend to all.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By steffani on November 13, 2010
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Soledad's new book is incredible. I have not been able to put it down. I find her spirit and enthusiasm for people and breaking beariers unbelievable and her entire family story very moving. This book should be an inspiration to us all. Well done!!
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