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Mountain, Get Out of My Way: Life Lessons and Learned Truths Paperback – February, 1997

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TV talk-show host Williams grew up in a Baltimore family in which both parents worked multiple jobs and demanded his adherence to conventional values. Unable to afford college, he enlisted in the Marines and won an appointment to Annapolis. On graduation, Williams became an intelligence officer but had his greatest success as an inspirational speaker to young-adult audiences, even attracting the attention of the White House. It was a short step to television, where his program is syndicated nationally. In his book, written with freelancer Paisner, Williams cautions minority group members: never forget that you will face discrimination, but battle to overcome it. After a disappointing first chapter, in which he argues that putting prayer into our schools will solve many of the nation's problems, the rest of the book is absorbing. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Williams, one of daytime television's most popular talk show hosts, here imparts the motivational guidelines that helped him achieve success.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner International; Reprint edition (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446604178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446604178
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,622,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ricky Black on July 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Kurt Metzger (comedian) says this is the best book ever!
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This book provided a nice insight into Montel Williams, the man. The book was short and uncomplicated, and I read it in two days. Montel and Paisner do a decent job of keeping it simple. The chronology of the book enabled the reader to walk through Montel's life with him. The reader will learn that he is an ordinary man who has done extraordinary things with his life. Readers may even get renewed and set some goals of their own. However, the book does have some cliches` in it. He does a nice job of discussing the ever-present topic of his interracial marriage. After reading this book, I re-committed to some goals of my own. This book is worth a read, while not being very expensive.
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Montel Williams is the ONLY talk show host that I watch. He addresses real issues and provides help to those that wish to receive it. His book does no less and provides the reader with how he "came to be". With the many issues that we have in the world today, especially those that face our younger generation, Montel has quite a bit to offer. I would recommend reading this book for all ages. There are many helpful ideas he presents that we can implement into our own lives as adults as well as parents who are or will be facing the difficulties today that our teenagers must live through. EXCELLENT reading - I couldn't put the book down!
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By A Customer on April 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In Montel William's book, he brings much light onto the never-ending battle people have with frustration and "hard times." I was given this book as a gift from my mom. She said she heard from people at work that it was very eye-opening and motivational. I would be lying if I said I didn't agree. From the opening chapter, until the very end, you'll get a feeling of warmth and bursts of motivation as you read about the trials and tribulations of Montel as you begin to relate to your own life experiences. His recollection of a motivational lecture at a high school where he calls on a young boy to discuss issues of morals (chapter 2?) will put an ear-to-ear smile on your face. While this book is not a "billion-dollar" winner, it sure is worth a read. I find myself thinking about this book in particular when I come across situations in my life that require personal integrity and determination. I am now 18 and I still think about the words and wisdom that Montel had to offer. Do yourself a favor and give it a chance, it might be as influential on you as it was me.
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I purchased this book several years ago and found it to be very down to earth. I appreciate the fact that while Montel shared his not always so bright life with the public he was able to share lessons learned that could bless someone else who may have been going down the same path. I commend him as a man to be able to receive correction but to also admit fault and openly correct his behavior to make his future better. I also enjoyed the example of him standing up for his show and doing what he thought was a proper format not matter what the cost or what the network execs thought. Being an example for our youth is important and Montel showed that he could influence our children on their level and not preach at them. This book gives us all a reality check in things we can do to improve ourselves, our relationships, our children and our society. Continued success!
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By john on July 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'm going to spend 50$ and buy every one of these books to make sure I'm the only one to have it
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I have read the book from front cover to back and it is a book that not only teaches you but makes you laugh and cry at him and yourself. I really enjoyed the book. He is a wanderful man and it really does show in the book. thankyou Montel hugs and kisses
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Contrary to the Kirkus review of Mr. Williams' book, this is an excellent book with a great story. It should be required reading of all high school students, regardless of race or socio-economic backgrounds. Yes, his solutions may be simple; that does not mean they are easy. His version of the 3 "R"s- restraint, responsibility, and respect are the fundamentals missing from our children's upbringings in today's world. However, his message of the great equalizer, education, and the free resource available to all Americans, our public library system, is preaching to the choir since the ones reading his book are the ones already using the libraries and taking responsibility for their own learning. But, overall, one finishes the book with the reinforcement that maybe good things do happen to good people who hold to their values as they pursue a more noble vision.
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