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on January 19, 2014
Steve Eng's "A Satisfied Mind" must have been a labor of love to produce. The text is loaded with stories, stories and more stories. Author Eng has loaded in as many quotes and anecdotes as is humanly possible. SM is a virtual mini- history of country music. For example, country's Freddy Hart was a Marine in WW2, a bouncer in a Phenix City, AL nightclub, a dishwasher in New York and a karate instructor for the LAPD. He crossed paths with Porter by writing "Skid Row Joe". And Porter actually had a recording of "The Battle of the Little Big Horn" with `cannon balls a flyin' patterned on the success of Johnny Horton's "The Battle of New Orleans". It 'deservedly' failed to make the charts.

The carefully researched biography traces the life of country icon Porter Wagoner from his childhood in West Plains, MO well into the 1980s. Porter died of lung cancer in 2007, just after his 80th birthday. As an illustration of his diligence, the author conducted some 150 interviews, duly listed in the extensive appendix. There are 6 pages of source notes and a 14 pages of discography, where this reader located a gem of an album, "Porter Wagoner and Skeeter Davis Sing Duets". (This reader reviewed that one separately). Finally, there is a long list of approximately 200 folks who helped Mr. Eng in various ways. Furthermore, there are extensive photos of Porter over the years. Most of these of these are surprisingly clear. There are even renderings of the products PW used to promote on his long running TV shows most notably Black. Draught Laxative, Solstice Cough Syrup and Cardui Tablets. Mr. Eng has left few stones unturned in his portrayal of the man from West Plains. As an example, to pin down a former Dolly Parton residence, Eng searched through old Nashville telephone directories!

Speaking of Dolly, there just happens to be one problem with "A Satisfied Mind". There is simply too much ink devoted to her! Most of us know that she was Porter's TV show and duet partner for many years. She probably played a large part in his success, though some may argue that point. Yet, this reader purchased "A Satisfied Mind" hoping to learn more about Porter's life, not Dolly's. His is more interesting by far. This reader had-and still has-no interest in their quibbles though he loves their duets! He has their "Sweet Harmony" and "Essentials" albums and has rated both highly on amazon. But an honest reviewer has to call them as he sees them and author Eng went overboard here. There is such a wealth of material here, perhaps he did not know when to stop. Those stern editors with sharp blue pencils, who could have truncated the text, were laid off years ago. This carping is sufficient to lower the rating by one star. Country fans still have a treasure trove of material here. Buy and dive right in. What an effort, the author made composing "A Satisfied Mind"!.
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on March 28, 2011
Mr. Eng does an excellent job of taking the reader inside the world of Porter Wagoner. Porter was indeed a complex person, but was considered one of the great singers of classic country music. The recitations he did were outstanding. His flashy Nudie suits are an item of talk even today.

There would be no book about Porter complete without reference to Dolly Parton and her association with the Wagonmaster. This book has it all and for the first time some aspects of their relationship is revealed within the covers of this book

Does the reader get all the answers? Mr. Eng has tried to seek the answers to the many questions concerning the Wagoner/Parton years and beyond, however we may never fully know all of the answers to our questions. Inquiring minds just have an appetite for wanting to know all the details. I'm sure there is more, but I believe the author has given we the readers far more than we previously had.

The book is an easy read and one I highly recommend.
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on June 14, 2017
book was in very good shape
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on January 30, 2013
This biography tells of Porter Wagoner's raising, hardships, marriages, dreams, and career. There are many fascinating stories from people who knew him. After reading this book, I will never look at Porter the same way again. Not that he did something terrible yet, behind his smile and laughter, there's a lot of pain. It takes quite a person to push aside his woes, to make other people feel good. Porter Wagoner was that kind of person.
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on June 22, 2016
I bought this for my husband and he has not put it down! He has discovered some things about Porter that he had not heard before.
He is thoroughly enjoying it!
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on November 8, 2016
A great man tells his story about his life in country music his up's and down's a good read though .
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on March 13, 2011
You'll get insider information about Country Music when you read this biography of Porter. I thought there was a great deal of info about Dolly Parton here also, but then the two of them where such a big part of each others lives. If you like to know what went on behind the scenes that produced some of the great people and songs of Country Music, here's another book for you.
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on March 28, 2013
This is a very well written book about Mr Country Music, Porter Wagoner. I still watch re-runs of his 1970 television shows and saw him at the Opry. A lot of details of his life I never knew, and they seemed to be fair and balanced. If you like Porter, and who doesn't, this is a must-read.
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on January 6, 2016
Outstanding book!!!
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on January 27, 2010
This book was very good. I could hardly put it down. All the things I had wondered about (was he ever married, did he have children, what was his childhood like) all of this is here and incredibly interesting. I knew he and Dolly Parton had a falling out years ago and I always wondered what caused it. Was it romance or business...its all here. Great book, enjoyed it a lot.
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