And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that "whole package", in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than 40 years of interviewing celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.
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"She regales you with the juicy behind-the-scenes details of the celebrities she's interviewed, mixed in with stories of her own trials and tribulations. In the end, you envy her a little less and admire her more." (The Washington Post)
"Compulsively entertaining." (Salon.com)
"An unusually ambitious and successful book...suffused with an emotional intensity; it belongs to a part of American culture that Walters helped invent." (The New Yorker)
As an avid reader, I did not have many expectations for this book. Wow, was I wrong. It is truly one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had.
Barbara Walters is not a figure im supposed to admire or be inspired by since I am a 27 year old straight man (im guessing here). This book certainly inspired me to want to have a voice , The book is proof of how one woman or person, can have a awesome career this woman interviewed 100 + people including sadam hussein, gadaffi, killers like the menendez brothers, mark david chapman, every president since nixon and ummmm ..monica lewinski. You will learn much about modern history as well and even how to cope with a mentally retarded sibling, in this case how barbara coped with her sister, this is not just about her, everybody should strive to have a life as long and accomplished as her.
I have always been a fan of Barbara Walters from her earliest interviews. She absolutely was a pioneer for women in news journalism and has had a career that is admirable on many levels. So I was mesmerized by the back stories of many of these interviews that I still remember well. It truly was fascinating and I was always happy to get back to my book!
It was also interesting to hear about Barbara's childhood. I had known a little about her father, but as it turns out, very little. Again, it was fascinating. If I had been Barbara's editor, I would have advised her to rethink how she was going to air her regrets. In all honesty, she made the same choices again and again putting herself, her relationships with men, and her career above her family... proving that even after she said she was feeling guilt for past choices, she continued to make the same choices repeatedly and then talk about how guilty she felt. It was like a revolving door! Own it, Barbara. Maybe you can't be all things! While she will and should go down in journalistic history, she certainly won't be remembered for her nurturing character.
a great book about a pioneer of women in broadcasting. whether or not you like barbara walters, you have have to admit she had to have something to have attained the successes she has, and i wanted to learn what that might be. Unlike many long books, which i prefer but not infrequently tire of halfway through, i was drawn in for the duration of the tale, all 26 or so hours . . . which says as much about the narration as it does the telling of the story. what a career she has had, and i say good for her. it wasn't handed to her on a silver platter. Definitely one of my favorite Audible "reads."
I enjoyed the book tremendously and learned many things about her childhood I hadn't known
As an author myself, dyslexic, and ADD, I need something that grabs me. Non-fiction on things of interest to me, educates, & titillates.
a terrific insight into the woman. If you don't know her background, you won't know the woman. It about Barbara's drive and patience to get to where she wanted to be, NO ONE worked as hard as Barbara to see to it that she was respected and taken seriously.
And she did it all with grace, and dignity
Her relationship with her parents and how much she wanted to do what she could to help them when they need it.
It was all good. Maybe the way she handled her interviews with the powers in other countries
and her encounter with Guilda Radnar when Guilda imitated her as Barbara Wawa
Maybe not in one sitting, but Yes to two sittings
I have a new found respect and appreciation for how hard she worked for everything thing
Any fan of Ms Walters would enjoy this audiobook.
Ms. Walters has lead a fascinating and somewhat sad life, and I think the stories about her father, Lou Walters were my favorite. He was successful yet tragic, a risk taker and someone who had passion. He had so much and ended with so little for all of his efforts.
Because I knew so little about her personal life, all of the the stories about her family were my favorite.
Barbara Walters: her life life with royalty, the famous and the infamous.
Interesting, entertaining, unique insight into how she became the woman she is today. Amusing anecdotes.
interesting to hear her back story, but very surprised by some of the subtle but comments about others physical appearance-using judgmental adjectives reflecting a person's value--weight, appearance, wealth, etc. This seemed rather haughty, for someome who prides herself on social etiquette. also...I can only say, "ewwwww" & "tmi" when the visual hits --that these are Barbara Walters wprds describing her own sex life. I thought listening might help.me understand her popularity -- but I'm left smh wondering why I wasted the time. I like her even less now. :(
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