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"It's just what you'd expect from Larry Kane--an engaging and indispensable primer for anyone who wants to practice politics in Philadelphia." --Tom Ridge, Director of Homeland Security (and former Governor of Pennsylvania) "Passion, candor and inside stories make Larry Kane's Philadelphia a terrific read. A top-flight journalist has crafted a top-flight memoir, making clear his love for his city and his understanding of its colorful political landscape." --Marciarose, Philadelphia broadcast pioneer "...a terrific book that stands with the best firsthand accounts of the city's recent history." --Main Line Today "Larry Kane's life story is ultimately a lot like him. Driven, vulnerable, sincere, and infuriatingly likable." --The Philadelphia Inquirer "[Kane] not only reveals the news behind the news but also his insider's assessment of our electronic journalism media. By his own description this book is not a history but a journal of important events in this community, witnessed by him from his perspective as a reporter...Whether your ancestors came to Philadelphia with William Penn or on the bus from Wilkes-Barre, Larry Kane's Philadelphia is a good read for lovers of this city." --Philadelphia Public Record "This is [Larry's] story. In these pages are the ups and downs of a life well spent in broadcast journalism, gritty tales of city politics, of meetings with popes and presidents, of painful lessons and close calls. It's a story told with candor and suffused with affection for the city he calls home. Here Larry Kane shows you his world and his Philadelphia, and I can't think of a better guide." --Dan Rather, from the Foreword

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press; First Edition edition (September 29, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566398061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566398060
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,931,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Everyone has some point of view about local news and its value to our society or its impending decline. But, few have had an insiders seat on the evolution of local news as seen from the anchor chair. In his memoir of his years in television ,Larry Kane offers a brutually honest view of life in the same city for three decades. It is a wide ranging approach that includes the high and mighty from Frank Rizzo and the venerable liberal, Senator Joe Clarke to the confused and stormy reigns of Mayor Wilson Goode and Bill Green. Kane explores the relationship between politician and anchor in away not found in other books. He doesn't judge them as much as explain their challenges and how they conquered their inner demons or exorcised them. And he is no less tough on his own colleagues who ran the three stations were he served. News chiefs with willowed spines get their due , as do those who made unpopular decisions to serve Philadelphia. When they stood by him they are treated well, but when an obvious wrong was done, Kane offers vivid recollections of closed door meetings that you rarely get from a practicing journalist. Still this not at all a book of wrath. Kane carefully balances the things that matter to his community with the personality clashes that propel other memoirs.His accounting of the MOVE crisis in 1985 and the Rizzo years are as valuable as any historians more traditional approach. And there is warmth here as well. Kane always had a common man's touch and it shows up here. He treats media phenoms ,like d.j. cum anchor, Jim Obrien with great care. And his telling of how he revered the legendary oldies disc jockey, Jerry Blavat is a classic in character definition. His sense of proportion about people is also right on , no one is given too much space whether its the Beatles or this reviewer.Read more ›
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"Larry Kane's Philadelphia" is a uniquely rich tapestry of power and the powerful in a 20th century American city. Larry Kane propels the reader through three decades with understanding, insight, and a cub reporter's enthusiasm. Woven throughout the book are fascinating and highly personal anecdotes of the events and the people who made an unforgettable impact on us all. John Lennon. Three Mile Island. Hand grenades exploding inside a restaurant in Arab East Jerusalem. Rioting that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. And even more one-of-a-kind stories about the famous of Philadelphia: Frank Rizzo, Ed Rendell, James H. J. Tate, and more. Most revealing is Kane's anatomy of the most crushing event of his career. The WCAU-TV broadcast of allegations against then-Mayor Bill Green, the retraction of the story, the lawsuit that followed, and the ostracism he experienced inside his own newsroom for a story steamrollered on the air by an egotistic general manager. My favorite part of the book is an anecdote about me, and the price I paid as a newscast producer for cutting the time of legendary weatherman Jim O'Brien's on-air segment. You can read about it on page 81. But every reader will find plenty that's special and memorable in "Larry Kane's Philadelphia."
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By A Customer on January 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Larry Kane is such a familiar personality in the Phila. area as a TV anchor for all three Phila stations at one time or another but surprises abound in this book. Kane has managed to capture the heart and spirit of Philadelphia politics and the communities. I couldn't put this book down after just picking it up and thinking it was the same old, same old. Not a chance! The pace flows in this book and the insider's look at Phila. politics as well as the news stations is incredibly fascinating. You actually feel as though you were there. I highly recommend this book - even if you never lived in Phila. or its surrounding areas - this is an extremely interesting insider's view of politics and tv news. The author also speaks with great candor of his personal insecurities concerning his looks. This really was interesting as most people in the area (obviously we're referring to females here) speak of him as an extremely handsome individual! Always interesting to see how other's perspectives of themselves is different than that perceived by others. Definitely could not put this one down. Interesting insights with crazy politics, personal struggles and career decisions, etc. told with wit, warmth and style. A very charismatic writer who makes you want to hear more, more, more!
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Larry Kane writes a very deep memoir, delivering strong messages of which the premier truism was one that moved me to tears.

I left Philadelphia in the early 80's; moving to locations where Philadelphia and gifted artists were cited enough times that it spiked my curiosity wanting to know what was it about this city that seemed to produce this talent. And then I opened Larry Kane's memoir where there he explained it--taking me back to memories of my family's passionate discussions. I can't begin to describe how meaningful that message was to me.

Transcending through Kane's interesting career honestly relayed, him often paring journalism today to the past, I again thought back to my parents...and their parents...and deep into the generations recalling many wondering what was becoming of the newer generations. I used to tease them all the time; `Why wonder? You raised us' --which none too ironic is the same driver I found conveyed in Kane's passionate Philadelphia driving journalism today. Caroline Kennedy's quote supports this contention. This is a profound keepsake of a memoir, to which I must add, Larry Kane (for me) will always be synonymous with Action News.
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