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The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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About the Author
Katie Couric is the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, a 60 Minutes correspondent, and anchor of CBS News prime-time specials. She has covered most of the major breaking news events over the past fifteen years, including the historic presidential election of 2008, the September 11 attacks, the Columbine tragedy, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the funeral of Princess Diana.
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This book offers snippets into the minds and thoughts of just a few hundred of these accomplished people, however, each one is like a piece of gold of knowledge without all of the fluff around it.
I am a journalist (mostly about food and travel these days)and have met some pretty amazing people along the way, including Katie.
With the exception of a very few, each one of these people I've met have passed pearls of knowledge onto me each time I meet one of them. Which in my much smaller universe is still significant.
Comparatively, this book shows Katie's simple yet unparalleled genius and the gifts of knowledge given to her in her already amazing career by the people she has met along the way.
Her understated and 'girl next door' attitude and personality disarms her interviewees to share their thoughts, ideas and wisdom which she has wonderfully passed onto us in snippet form.
Because of her perceived understated and familiar personality qualities, some people overlook the full impact and magnitude of the news and information she passes onto us in this book and her shows.
Reading her book I first thought..."CRAP!!!... I SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN A BOOK LIKE THIS"... then quickly realized, I have never met the depth or heights of the people, celebrity, world leaders and infamous she has met.
C'mon! This is the lady that took Presidential running mate Sarah Palin down with one interview of subtle genius which was like giving Sarah Palin the rope to hang herself and Katie saying via just the right interview questions, "Go ahead, let's see just how quickly you can hang yourself with it"... which metaphorically Mrs. Palin proceeded to do in her 'Palin' fashion.
America should be proud we have a living journalist of such ability, integrity and honesty amongst us in a sea of sellouts, sensationalists and to put it quite bluntly...morons.
Uncle Walt (Walter Cronkite, Jr.) and Mr. Edward R. Murrow would both be proud.
BTW...(Katie Couric is a two time recipient of 2008 and 2009 Edward R. Murrow Award and 2008 Walter Cronkite Award for Journalism Excellence)
OMG... I JUST REALIZED I'M A KATIE COURIC FAN!?!
Buy the book, you will never regret it.
A MUST READ
It’s like you get to eat a light meal with some famous people, and they each get four minutes of your time. Aside from the social faux pas that would inevitably happen, you’d have the essence of this book. Between the “Courage and Confidence” cauliflower dip, the “Tenacity and Perseverance” finger sandwiches, the “Mentor” mint- meatballs, and the “Passion and Dreams” bacon wraps – you’ll get your fill of advice dished up.
But just like dinner with the relatives, it’s best taken in small doses spread out across time. Pick a topic or pick a personality and enjoy a quick bite for a day. Ruminate on it throughout the day. I loved having Topic and Author both listed in the Table of Contents so that no matter what I was hungry for, I could go right to a specific page desired.
Some of my favorite hors d’oeuvres were:
Thomas Friedman’s “Be an Untouchable, Do What You Love”
Tony Hsieh’s “Be Lucky”
Morgan Freeman’s “You Quit, You Fail”
Gloria Steinem’s “Top 10 Pieces of Advice I Just Made Up for Myself..”
Ellen DeGeneres’ “Be True to Yourself”
Billy Joel’s “Open the Door and Let the Light In”
I feel the book is really meant more for a “Business Casual Friday” side of life than a Spiritual side. However, anyone graduating or just starting a journey, (and who isn’t?) could gobble up some fun insights, even if it is just an appetizer from this easy to read book.
If you know of someone that need, or wants, a little extra push or encouragement then here’s your book. (Take a peek yourself, but don’t pas it on with any bacon stains.)