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"Now, I could tell you stories about Jerry, but Jerry is the first and best to tell them. He's funny and grumpy and perfectly inappropriate. When it comes to work, nobody works harder. When it comes to charities, nobody guilts better. And when it comes to friendship, he has no peers. That's Jerry's great talent. He doesn't just light up a room, he lights it on fire. He's a great producer, a great organizer, a great friend, and truly the greatest showman on earth."―George Clooney
A very interesting read, and I liked it. Its something when you find you don't identify with someone nor feel inclined to like them very much, yet still take a profound interest in their story. Truly you'll either like Jerry or hate 'em, regardless there's a great story in this book, and he wouldn't care about your opinion of him either way. I don't know how people can be so condescending with there reviews, saying he does nothing but showboat and aggrandize himself. He tells his story in his own way, as he would talk to you about his life in person. People somehow get caught up vilifying him from some detail they didn't find honorable (braggart, egomaniac...) and end up missing the story which is quit engaging. Only four star because though I liked it, I didn't feel I'd reread it any time soon.
I saw this on Tai Lopez's list of book recommendations. I loved what I read in the LOOK INSIDE option. So I immediately ordered it. A few hours later I look online and saw that earlier that morning Jerry Weintraub had passed. Damn. I love the stories. Great lessons to live and do business by, and be entertained all at the same time. Part of American culture is our entertainment industry and he was in the middle of it all from its glory days until now. Music, movies, T.V. and politics he did it all. He was around iconic crews like Elvis' Memphis Mafia and the Rat Pack. All the while being himself. He wasn't just in the business, he WAS the business. R.I.P Jerry.
One of the best stories on ground up development of a business and networking empire that I've ever read. Jerry brings a candid and unselfish history of, what many of us know, his rise to becoming one of the most influential talent agents in the entertainment world. if you are new to networking or want a look at a real "whatever it takes" mindset...read this.
This is a great book and I now consider Jerry a dear friend. Reading this autobiography is like watching a guy falling up the stairs of success and having a great time doing it. Jerry just starts talking and he doesn't know what he's going to say or where it's going, just making it up as he goes along, then when he's done talking he has to figure out how to make what he said or promised happen, and he does, usually, and if he doesn't he talks his way right out of it, or into something else. Truly a spectacle to behold. I really feel like I'm right there with him the whole way. I highly recommend.
This was a great read for me i truely enjoyed this fantastic autobiography of Mr. Weintraub . I am a young entrepreneur and i definately learned a lot by reading this mans story. I definately recommend this book to anyone , its just a great story
This is one of the most fascinating books I've read in a long time. It's not particularly well written. It's really a quasi-inspirational story of a nice middle-class Jewish boy from The Bronx who goes on untold riches in Hollywood. In a nutshell, it's precisely what it Weintraub says he started out to write. It's a collection of his memories starting from childhood, through his peacetime Air Force years, his foray into producing stadium-sized musical acts from Elvis to Sinatra. Then going on to conquer Hollywood.
When you cut through it all, you realize you are reading a self-reverential tale of a man who considers himself a "made man" because he credits himself with resurrecting Frank Sinatra's career in the 1970s. Later, Jerry reminds us that he's still part of the 'in crowd' because he was the recipient of George Clooney's famous "pranks." A great deal of time is spent on his dealings with Elvis as well as his self-congratulatory relationship with "Ol' Blue Eyes."
The real fun of the book is taking the journey with this young man with no substantial finances and no connections go from being a street kid from 'da Bronx to become one of the most powerful men in show business. He does truly turn name-dropping into an art form by talking about his relationships with fading stars of the 1940s & 50s up until his relationship with the Clooney-Pitt-Damon as producer of the "Ocean's" movie franchise. At its best, "When i Stop Talking" It truly is nothing more or less than a "How-To Guide to Becoming a Narcissistic, Hollywood Mover & Shaker Armed With Nothing More Than Chutzpah & Balls of Steel." Sort of a really long Esquire profile. Just read and enjoy.
The one of the greatest showman, impresario, salesman, producer, manager that ever lived. I couldn't put this book down. He's also a great storyteller and does he have stories. Hence, the title of the book.
Jerry thanks for your gifts you shared with the world. Thanks for doing it your way. You're an inspiration. You're a legend.
Buy this book, you will be glad you did. One of the best memoirs written. You will also want watch his documentary on his life, His Way.
You believe in something. Go for it. Make it happen. Get it done.