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The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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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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As a psychology instructor in a two-year college, I'm always on the lookout for class material, and this book is a virtual treasure trove. Yesterday I shared some of Jay Leno's advice on marriage as we discussed transitions in young adulthood, and today I'm going to mention Steve Martin's quote about security from E.E Cummings' "Unstructured Lectures." From saying yes to being bold, it's all in there. Working hard is there too. So is handling rejection, something that Katie Couric encountered from many times.
Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou, Matt Lauer, Tyra Banks, and dozens of other successful people are included. Though some people have actually complained that Couric included only the best and the brightest, I'm wondering why anyone would want to read a collection of essays from dozens of losers.
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
Two years later, I still haven't read all of the passages, and I like it that way. I keep it on my shelf, and every once in a while I pick it up, find the category that I need encouragement in, and read.
This would also be a wonderful gift for a graduation of any kind.