From Publishers Weekly:
Although Walters writes, "It was not in my nature to be courageous, to
be the first," her compulsively readable memoir proves otherwise. No
one lasts on TV for more than 45 years without the ability to make
viewers feel comfortable, and Walters's amiable persona perfectly
translates to the page. She gives us an entertaining panorama of a full
life lived and recounted with humor and bracing honesty.
surprisingly candid: about her older sister's retardation, her father's
suicide attempt, her midlife affairs (including ones with John
—before and after his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor
—and a very
married Edward Brooke
, the first African-American elected to the U.S.
Senate since Reconstruction), her daughter's troubled teen years and
her acrimonious relationships with coanchors Frank McGee
. She vividly recounts her decision to leave NBC's TodayShow
after 14 years to become the first female nightly news coanchor, and
tells of the firestorm of criticism she endured for accepting that
pioneering position and its million-dollar salary.
tales of her personal struggles, professional achievements and insider
anecdotes about the celebrities and world leaders she's interviewed,
this mammoth memoir's energy never flags. 32 pages of photos.