- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books (November 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316347752
- ISBN-13: 978-0316347754
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 241 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Should Be Dead: My Life Surviving Politics, TV, and Addiction Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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"Transparent and compulsively readable."―Michael Gerson, Washington Post
"A great read, perhaps as an engaging psychological study for some, and a must read for fans of The Five."―The Daily Caller
"The kind of eye-opener that Dante Alighieri got when Virgil took him on a tour of the Inferno."―The Washington Times
"In this remarkable book, Bob Beckel reveals for the first time some of his failings, challenges and temptations, not to glorify them, but to give the reader a sense of the magnitude of the grace of God, who rescued Bob in his darkest hour. Thrilling and brutally honest, Bob's memoir will give you an entirely different sense of the man, beyond the silliness of the political world and media in which we both work and live."―Cal Thomas, Syndicated and USA Today Columnist and Fox News Contributor
"An inspiring, truthful, humorous, and insightful account of a survivor's quest to ascend in the world of politics, the campaign trail, Washington, and life. This is a must read for anyone who cares to understand the pain caused by early adversity and the influence it can have on the development of addiction. Bob Beckel delivers a truly captivating account of his life."―Peter Przekop, D.O., Ph.D., Director of Pain Management, Betty Ford Center; faculty member, Loma Linda University Medical School
"Bob Beckel's candor about his challenges doesn't surprise me. In our nearly thirty years of friendship, he has always been willing to tell it like it is, or at least as he sees it. We don't always see things the same, but I greatly respect him for fighting the demons of addiction and being willing to tell the story of those fights so openly."―Haley Barbour, former Governor of Mississippi
"I have known Bob Beckel for more than forty years. We have been steadfast friends through thick and thin. In a field where loyalty is a situational commodity, Bob's loyalty is a granite mountain. In a sphere where true honesty is rare and too often fleeting, Bob is among the most honest men I have ever known. I Should be Dead will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and every page will be a revelation--and absolutely true. I couldn't put it down; after knowing Bob four decades it was a stunning epiphany."―Patrick Caddell, Fox News contributor, Former Democratic Pollster and strategist
About the Author
Bob Beckel rejoined FOX News Channel as co-host of "The Five" in January 2017. He worked for the U.S. State Department (1977-1980), where he served as the youngest Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Carter Administration. A graduate of Wagner College, Beckel served as national campaign manager for Walter Mondale's presidential campaign.
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I don't want to give away any spoiler alerts, Mr. Beckel is quite competent to tell his own story.😊 However, I will say that I spent a good portion of the book appalled at some of his choices. I'm not judging his personal behavior, but the Panama Canal incident and the Florida electoral scandal come to mind. I applaud him for his openness to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. He is a very brave man.
I finished the book in tears, reading portions aloud to my husband. God's salvation and grace completely turned Mr. Beckel around. I pray to be someone's Cal Thomas ( read the book to understand the reference).
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in politics or battling personal demons.
I have no idea if you will ever read this. However, if you do, please know that I have a great deal of respect for you. Although we are politically opposed, we are both Christian believers. I am so proud of your honesty, and I pray that your book touches other souls who feel they are beyond God's mercy and unconditional love.
When it comes to stupid, destructive behavior and decision making, the author is an exemplary example for all men. This book is a great way for the reader to ponder and muse about life's great lessons. And have a few chuckles along the way.
Mechanically, the text is a smooth, digestible read. I enjoyed it, and heartily recommend it. ...........