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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized Autobiography Paperback – Bargain Price, November 27, 2002
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It is a strange leap from producing "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" to being a contestant in Barris' real life version of "The Homicide Game." Yet, this is precisely what this story from Mr. Barris asks the reader to believe. Yet something in the back of my mind tells me that it is not actually all that difficult to imagine Mr. Barris actually saying, "And now here's a prize selected especially for you. It's a three-eighty hollow-point!"
I always thought Chuck Barris did not deserve all the vile and spiteful things that were said about him during his television producer days by critics and so-called media experts. He was just giving America what it wanted. Compared to the infantile sitcoms of the day, his game shows were far more mentally engaging. The first book I read by Barris was "The Game Show King: A Confession" and I was amazed at how well he wrote. But then again, this is a well educated, well traveled mature man who has lived life above and beyond the everyday Joe since 1965, so I should not have been as surprised as I was. "Game Show King" is a better insight into his complex and fascinating personality than "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and does not get into the CIA angle at all.
That Barris is just plain wired differently from normal people is obvious to anyone who ever saw "The Gong Show." However accepting that what he wrote in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" could all be true is certainly a stretch. Yet Mr.Read more ›
In the first chapter we are introduced to the 1980 version of Chuck Barris playing the role of the reclusive and paranoid millionaire. A burnt out, former international celebrity best know for serving up some of the schlockiest television shows in the pre-reality television era.
Chuck, plagued by nightmares and consumed by his phobias, attempts to exorcise his demons by authoring the book "Confession of a Dangerous Mind" which he refers to an "act of catharsis". However, before he can finish this story and free himself he must complete the now all too clich' "final mission" for the CIA. As formulaic as this premise may sound I can guarantee that Chuck has you completely snared by the end of the first chapter.
Chuck tells the tale of himself as the proverbial young man down on his luck trying to find his place in the world. He is unable to hold a job, or maintain a stable relationship when he answers a newspaper ad that reads: "COLLEGE GRADUATE: FREE TO TRAVEL". As difficult as this is to believe, he is promptly recruited into the CIA and embarks on his new career as an international assassin. As luck would have it, he simultaneously creates several hit television shows and becomes one of the most successful producers in television for more than a decade. Through out the book the author struggles to intertwine the two disparate careers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Barris writes like a great writer, writing for a person with the attention span of a modern TV viewer... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sam
Looks brand new. I haven't gotten around to reading it, but it was delivered as promised.Published 9 months ago by Bradley Garrett
I don't know what it is about this book. It's so over the top you know it's full of crap, but it's so entertaining you can't put it down. I guess that's the genius of Chuck Barris. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Dennis Thomas
I found this to be a very enjoyable book,that was well written and a fast read. I wanted to read it since for years Check Barris was called a CIA operative/hit-man based on this... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
CIA hitman by night, TV producer and host by day....sounds unbelievable but strikes me as true and credible...a fascinating story!Published 18 months ago by LSL
Great book and interesting to read. I saw the movie before reading the book but the book is definitely worth reading, it is different from the movie but that is good. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sean Moriarty
Chuck Barris likely was a CIA operative, possibly a contract employee, but the actual extent of his involvement is unclear because he has fictionalized his memoirs to a great... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Olrik