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There is even a rather bizarre section where Marton simply posts a number of positive Thank you notes from famous people to her and her husband for their hospitality while he was UN ambassador. They read like your basic BS like pleasantries one puts in a thank you note, but she seems to take them literally. She hints at some deep dark side to her divorced husband Peter jennings, but the only tangible complaint is that he finds her self centered and ambitious, and one can see where he is coming from. Perhaps the strangest part of this memoir, is that it is filled with so many famous people, and yet so devoid of any actual friends. Through all her tribulations, not one close female friend ever appears.Read more ›
From almost the very beginning, I knew I wouldn't like the author or the book. Yet I kept reading. It got to the point where I didn't think I could dislike her any more, and then she said or did something to prove me wrong. I've never in my life encountered someone so self-absorbed. Of course, this book is just a snapshot of who she is, so I'm sure there are some redeeming qualities, but I just don't understand why none of them were shown in this book.
There were also mistakes in the book; there was one picture where she noted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in February 2001 (pretty sure she meant 2011) and then twice she mentioned having a brother, but he was nowhere else in the story; in fact, she referred to "the four of them" (her mother, father, sister and herself).
For someone who has written as much as she has and been a journalist her whole life, I was expecting more. Her style was very odd; seemingly HUGE events in her life - "ten years into our marriage I fell in love with another man" - are presented just like that and then nothing else is said about it. She would end chapters with just random sentences; chronology didn't seem to matter at all.
I would never recommend this book to anyone. I'm sorry for the losses that Kati Marton suffered, but many, many others have been through the same thing... without cheating on two husbands along the way. Also? No mention of Richard's sons in the acknowledgements at the end? Interesting.
At its base, Ms. Marton does not have much of an ear for dialogue, or for describing a noteworthy person or scene. At one point, she is reduced to sharing thank you notes that famous people sent her after dinner parties. People like Bill Clinton, Clark Clifford, Ted and Vicki Kennedy, Pamela Harriman all pass through her pages, but they are all described with about as much enthusiasm as the milkman. At first, I thought that perhaps this was because she came from television, and not used to writing descriptive, evocative passages? But who knows.
Also -- for those who say she went through a "tumultuous" divorce from her second husband, Peter Jennings, to my reading, it seems as if she and Dick Holbrooke went away for a romantic weekend about a month (or less?) after she separated from Jennings and then he was part of her life full force... they were together (very much so) right away, and then they got married. So it was not as if she was ever a struggling single mom with two kids to raise by herself not knowing what to do with her life. It sort of seems as if she went from one man to the next with no downtime.
Oh, and then she had an affair with some Hungarian guy about 10 years into her marriage with Holbrooke, but he asked her to end it, and she did. (But even that did not sound very exciting.)
I was really looking forward to this book. Read it from cover to cover in about two hours (if that). Holbrooke and Jennings led very interesting lives (as did she by extension, I suppose), but this book does not convey any of it. And as other reviewers have commented on, she does seem very keen on herself.
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This is one of those rare books where I absolutely agree with every negative review, but loved it anyway. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrea Elise
Self-absorbed woman. Didn't seem too interested in her children.Published 4 months ago by Louise M.
All the reviews said the truth = good read! My pastor did a book review on this book so I knew it would be great and it is!Published 5 months ago by Carole M.
So-so book...though in my book club it lead to spirited discuissions about Katie, and her choices.Published 12 months ago by Rosebud