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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419700596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419700590
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Deborah Davis is the author of Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X (Tarcher/Putnam, 2003), Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball (Wiley, 2006), The Secret Lives of Frames: 100 Years of Art and Artistry (Filipacchi Publishing, 2007), Gilded: How Newport Became the Richest Resort in America (Wiley, 2009), and the upcoming Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner that Shocked a Nation, which will be published in Fall 2011 by Atria/S&S. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Deborah Davis is the author of seven narrative non-fiction books, including Fabritius and the Goldfinch, an Amazon Kindle Single, the best selling Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X (Tarcher/Putnam, 2003), Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball (Wiley, 2006), The Secret Lives of Frames: 100 Years of Art and Artistry (Filipacchi Publishing, 2007), Gilded: How Newport Became the Richest Resort in America (Wiley, 2009), The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy, the authorized history of twenty-five years of the landmark television show and its legendary host (Abrams, 2011), and Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner that Shocked a Nation (Atria, 2012), which won the prestigious Phillis Wheatley Award for best work of History in 2013, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Davis' upcoming book, The Trip (Atria, 2015), tells the story of Andy Warhol's adventures on a cross-country road-trip in 1963.

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I would recommend this book to other fans of Oprah.
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I received The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy and it is lovely book.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sarah860 on November 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is such a beautiful book!! This book would certainly be an excellent gift for anyone who loves (and misses!) the Oprah Winfrey Show! This is one of the books that you would display on your living room table.

Since I am currently unemployed, I decided to take this book out from my local library. I "pre-reserved" this book and boy, do I wish I could keep this book!! The photography in this book is absolutely top-notch! When looking at all of the images, I feel like I'm there!

The book flows so well. Deborah Davis, the author, writes so eloquently and concisely. Davis is clearly a very talented writer. Throughout the book, I just wanted to keep on reading!

Basically, the book is a 238 page essay about the Oprah Winfrey Show. Scattered among the narrative about the show are GORGEOUS photos and touching essays about Oprah's legacy. Essays are written by Gloria Steinem, Maria Shriver, John Travolta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Julia Roberts, Stanley Crouch, Ellen DeGeneres, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Nicholas Kristof, "Bono, Nelson Mandela, Mark Nepo, Marianne Williamson, Phil McGraw, Bob Greene, Dr. Oz, Toni Morrison, Elie Wiesel, Phil Donahue, Roger Ebert, and Sidney Poitier.

The "essay" is divided into these sections:
-The Making of a Legacy
-Introduction
-A Forum for Women
-Star Power
-Embracing Equality
-Giving Back
-Soul Searching
-In Good Health
-Here's to Books
-Moving the Needle
-The Farewell Season
-The End of an Era

I really grasped Oprah's legacy and influence. She transformed America in so many ways. From encouraging reading through her book club to promoting equality and tolerance for all, Oprah's influence is HUGE.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cyrus Webb TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As someone who has always been a fan of the achievements of Oprah Winfrey and the way her show has literally changed the way people live, this book was a great gift and account of the legacy that the show and the creator have left for all of us. What Deborah Davis has done is not just remind us of the highlights that have come from the groundbreaking television show but the behind-the-scenes stories that we might not have known by just watching television.

Thought the Oprah Winfrey Show is off the air there is no way that Oprah Winfrey and the impact she made five days a week will be forgotten. By going through this book and seeing not just her evolution but remembering the changes we have all had in our lives, I think will be instrumental as we move ahead and keep learning to live with purpose.

THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW: Reflections on an American Legacy is not just for lovers of all things Oprah. It is for anyone who wants proof that change is possible and our best life is still yet ahead of us.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jojifi00 on December 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is about the height and length of two books. It takes two hands to read, but it is worth the effort for any Oprah fan or even a fan of beautiful photography. I can't comment enough about the grandeur and awe-inspiring splendor of the book - it's huge and comforting photos of people we've all come to know and love, the memories garnered up when seeing Oprah at her finest on the stage of the Oprah Show. I have never read a book this stunning.

The book is, of course, about Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and about some of the things that she's tried to teach and have definitely learned throughout her tenure as a talk show host. There are also testimonials as to what Oprah has meant to people and cultures over the past 25 years. For example, there is a statement made by the great Henry Louis Gates Jr. which tells of how he first heard of Oprah and why she is so important in his life personally. He gave the experience of when Oprah visited the PBS stage to have her ancestry researched in "African American Lives." It was a remarkable page of information, and Mr. Gates Jr. stood tall as a beautifully artistic portrait on the next page almost watching you as you read with the proverbial `family' tree behind him.

This book is an experience! A must have for any Oprah fan!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bryan K. Bailey on October 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My son wanted to buy this for his mom who used to be a big Oprah fan. It's a really nice book, well laid out and full of great photos if you happen to be a fan of Oprah (I'm not). You can't go wrong buying this for your favorite Oprah-file.
One thing that surprised me..... a lot.....it's BIG. The dimensions listed are correct. I guess for less than 4 bucks I wasn't expecting such a very nice, very large book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rmcrae on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Love her, hate her, or claim indifference, but there's no doubt that Oprah Winfrey has made a powerful impact on American culture as well as abroad. Only by the grace of God and sheer self-determination and hope did a poor colored girl from the South, sexually abused and met with several other roadblocks, rise up to become one of the most powerful and influential women in the world and the finale of her talk show marked the end of an era.

Author Deborah Davis takes a deep look at how the Oprah show grew into such a phenomenon by tackling taboo subjects like sexual abuse and homophobia, encouraging everyone to open up their minds and lives by reading, and learning how to love themselves and better their lives and the world around them. The book is peppered with lovely photographs documenting some of Oprah's best moments and most remembered guests (Jacqui Saburido, Erin Kramp, etc.) over the years as well as detailed essays by Maya Angelou (my personal favorite), Elie Wiesel, Nelson Mandela, Ellen Degeneres and Toni Morrison (to name a few) sharing personal anectdotes about Oprah and discussing what her legacy means to them.

This coffee table sized book is HUGE (I felt like Alice in Wonderland having to sit it in my lap in order to read it), but that's because it's jampacked with hope, positivity, and the belief that anything is possible. That alone is what makes getting it worth it!
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