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Just as The Late Shift did for late night television, Top of the Morning reveals the dish and dirt behind the polite smiles and perky demeanors of morning television. Listeners will be fascinated by the never-before-told, behind-the-scenes stories about the cutthroat battle for first place before dawn. The book is based on all-new reporting at the highest levels.

©2013 Brian Stelter (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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You ignored the obvious white male privilege in Morning TV?

The writer acknowledged the sexism in morning TV but either refused to recognize, accept or just too privileged to see the white male privilege Matt received & that yes, he WAS in part responsible for Curry’s early departure. His privilege along w/the passive aggressive behavior toward her caused the execs to scramble for her replacement in ways that have not happened for women and/or male hosts of color. And why didn’t you delve into why Morales was skipped over? I’m so glad the TV Series comes out after ME TOO bc they didn’t shy away from the white male privilege that gets a producer dismissed bc the Laueresque host wants her gone. choosing to ignore the racism behind how the network handled Matt was a missed opportunity. Also, I cringed when he had to mention Robin’s athletic build. Look up why you should avoid that in future. Clearly well researched & enlightening but ignoring or not recognizing the white privilege caused the detail behind operation Bambi to still be woefully incomplete.

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Worth Picking Up Again

This book was originally research for a journalism project, but maybe 2 years later I'm happy to pick it back up. It's informative, but extremely interesting in a way I never thought news could be. I also appreciate that Stelter narrated his own book. For me it brings much more authenticity for listening.

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Easy read/easy listening

Fun, informative book of all
That goes on in the morning shows. Fun to hear the inside scoop. Documents a lot of what you’ve heard through gossip sites. But also gives you the inside stories and the truth of what really happens.

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Inside look at morning TV ..

Brian takes us into the hush hush meetings of network execs responsible for the major network morning shows. Specifically, we hear the backstory of how, and why, NBC gave Ann Curry the ax. Interesting stuff and a fun read for TV morning show fans.

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Top of the Morning: is fun and informative!

Entertaining, thorough; "Top of the Morning" is presented in such a way; a friend telling this fast-paced adventure... The adventure is complete with insider insights. These many insights are placed throughout the book like a sweet nougat topping! Also, the book explores the emotion from every possible perspective which lies just underneath what seems to be an easy daily process; which is the world of morning television! I would very much recommend "Top of the Morning" to anyone who watches TV with their first cup of morning coffee!!!

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Interesting ping pong competition between networks

I got this book after watching “The Morning Show” on Apple TV. I guess the author wrote it prior to the explosive Matt Lauer story. I kept waiting for it. Honestly, it painted an extremely unattractive picture of NBC while demonstrating how ABC succeeded with that evil process displayed by NBC. Sad, really. I knew I always loved Good Morning
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Glad I purchased it.

Very interesting behind the scenes of morning talk shows breaking down what goes on, loved it!

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Fun Listen

This book was great fun to listen to while I drove. It brought back so many memories of the mornings though out my life.
I loved it!

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Not What I Hoped

I should have known better! I don’t watch morning TV so from my perspective this book could never really be THAT good.

After having read “Top of the Rock” I wanted something equally as juicy surrounding Morning TV. I suppose this book does supply that element, but it’s missing a very important ingredient: my interest. I know all about the scandals through pop-culture media, but because I don’t watch any of the shows I don’t feel like I know the people involved - so ultimately the book was not that interesting.

Lesson learned, I am not going to read “The War for Late Night” . I am tempted, but I think I’ll be disappointed for the same reasons (haven’t watched Late Night TV since the early 90s!)

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