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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 624 pages
- File size : 4689 KB
- Publication date : May 6, 2008
- Publisher : Vintage; 1st edition (May 6, 2008)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0015DRO0K
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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Not only does Walters go into her personal life history as she deals with a mentally handicapped sister, her father's constant gambling with the family's finances, making a fortune at first and then losing and regaining it over and over until his luck finally runs out, but she also goes into how she got her start in journalism and what it was like being a woman, forging ahead, in what was a very male-dominated industry.
She goes into her time beginning as a script writer and then "weather girl" and finally offered a small on-screen position at NBC. It took quite awhile before she was allowed the title of "co-host" even though technically she was doing the same amount of work (if not more so) as her male counterparts, and even when she got the title it was only in name alone: no pay raise, no fringe benefits, nothing special. It would take more time, not to mention hosting, writing and producing a separate TV show in addition to her co-hosting news duties (at NBC), before Walters would make the move to ABC and the $1-Million contract, which wasn't just for her co-hosting the ABC NIGHTLY NEWS program, and how she met resistance every step of the way.
It comes up to the present day and also discusses the very well publicized issues that happened on "The View," with co-hosts Star Jones sudden on-air speech about quitting, and the very public feud between Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasslebeck.
Another great thing about the book is Walters recounts many of the things she found fascinating about the people she has interviewed over the years, including politicians and celebrities. And even though there are interesting tidbits of information it isn't anything that would come off as rabid gossip or blabber-mouthing or even character assassination. Walters keeps it dignified and classy.
The book has a very strong conversational tone, which I'm sure comes from her background of writing news-script copy, so it's as if someone is telling you a story that has digressions, jokes, etc., and I never found it boring.
Some would criticize Barbara Walters as being a "fluff" piece interviewer, asking softball questions, but I disagree. She has been able to (even to this day) secure interviews with people others cannot AND she's able to ask -- and get answered -- the questions that are the most personal of her subjects, but that the audience wants to know. And she does it without being overtly confrontational, condescending, or un-natural. This talent is what allowed her to climb to the position that she's in and why so many tuned in to watch her be it on "Today," "ABC Nightly News," "20/20" etc., and why many people come to her wanting to tell their stories.
The book has black & white photos.
I do hope that someday many of her TV interviews would be made available on DVD/Blu-Rays. There's one out titled "25 ON 20/20" and another bio DVD called "Driving Force," but I would like to see a box set along the lines of the "Oprah Winfrey 20th Anniversary" Box Set DVDs. This might not ever happen since it is the respective networks that would own the rights to the Walters interviews and specials (Winfrey owns the rights to "The Oprah Winfrey Show") and so those would probably have to be renegotiated to be commercially available (since Walters -- like all news anchors/reporters -- don't get residual payments from re-runs).
I'm sure the master tapes of these interviews still exist (I hope). It would be hard to believe that the original master tapes from her countless interviews haven't been kept in good condition because Walters has interviewed every major celebrity, politician, and infamous person for the past 40-years!
Anyway, I'd like to see some of these interviews especially after reading about them in the book (and yes, I have heard of Youtube).
If you're a fan of Walters or journalism in general, I would definitely recommend AUDITION.