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And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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“In this carefully crafted, behind-the-scenes biography, Rogak succeeds in uncovering the ‘truthiness' about the real Colbert.” ―Booklist
“When The Colbert Report was launched in 2005, the entire premise was based on that character, and enthusiastic fans will delight in Rogak's lengthy, detailed behind-the-scenes coverage of both the show and Colbert's controversial keynote speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner. The 40 pages of bibliographic notes indicate her extensive research for this engaging, entertaining biography, which succeeds in capturing Colbert's anarchic, iconoclastic spirit.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Gives us insight into the man behind the mouth.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A conversational, multiperspective account of his life. ... This is the first major biography of Colbert and one fans will appreciate.” ―Library Journal
“Ms. Rogak's method of introducing Colbert the Person and Colbert the Character is near faultless. ... This biography could have easily been titled The Tale of Two Colberts; however, Colbert's signature 'truthiness' seems to befit the style and enjoyment Ms. Rogak obviously had writing And Nothing But the Truthiness.” ―New York Journal of Books
“As close to a bio of the man ― rather than the persona who hosts 'The Colbert Report' ― that we'll see anytime soon.” ―New York Daily News
“With a subject as interesting as Stephen Colbert the person, and discussion of a concept as original as the character of Stephen Colbert, the book is definitely worth reading.” ―Washington Independent Review of Books
“Haunted Heart is a thoroughly respectful overview of King's life, and a great starter biography for new fans.” ―The Boston Globe on Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King
“Rogak … has pieced together King's sometimes erratic life scrupulously into a clean, swift read.” ―The Times (UK) on Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King
“An authoritative and accessible biography, absorbing from cover to cover.” ―Library Journal on A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein
“A tribute to the unusual life of an extraordinary man.” ―The Daily Texan on A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein
“Rogak doesn't miss a beat.” ―The Daily Californian on A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein
About the Author
LISA ROGAK is the author of more than forty books. She is the author of the Edgar- and Anthony-nominated Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King and is the editor of the New York Times–bestselling book Barack Obama in His Own Words.
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I recommend it if you love Stephen or his show.
Something that detracted from my pleasure in reading this book was that Rogak's sentences are occasionally confusing due to an inappropriate choice of words. For example, she may use the wrong preposition to convey an idea or use a pronoun for which the antecedent is unclear. Although this is a bit jarring each time it occurs, it simply requires the reader to re-read the sentence and mentally edit it to arrive at the intended meaning. Better editing would have made the book more pleasant to read; nonetheless, it keeps the reader engaged, as it is filled with humor and interesting information.
The only factual inconsistency that I identified (although it is a very glaring one) was in the author's discussion of the airline accident that killed Stephen's father and two of his brothers. On page 46, she says of the two pilots, "Reeves survived. Daniels didn't." Then on page 51, she reports, "'I must have misread the altimeter,' Daniels said later . . .'I don't know. I'm no expert on altimeters.'" Based on my flying experience, I doubt that an airline pilot would say he is not an expert on reading an altimeter. More importantly, based on my life experience, I doubt that the pilot who did not survive offered a possible explanation of what caused this accident.
In summary, despite its flaws, this is an engaging and thorough look at a very interesting character.
In one breezy read, "And Nothing but the Truthiness" allowed me to find out who Steven Colbert really is, and left me with a lot of admiration for the actual man.
I imagine that many citizens of the "Colbert Nation" would be pleased with what they would learn from this history lesson about their Founding Father, and would not be at all surprised if the truth of the real Steven Colbert inspired more than a few non-citizens to "take the pledge."