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The untold story of how the world's most feared TV reporter transformed his inner darkness into a journalistic juggernaut that riveted millions and redefined the landscape of television news
 

In his four decades as the front man for 60 Minutes, the most successful show in television history, Mike Wallace earned the distinction of being hyperaggressive, self-assured, and unflinching in his riveting exposés of injustice and corruption. His unrivaled career includes interviews with every major newsmaker of the late twentieth century, from Martin Luther King to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Behind this intimidating facade, however, Wallace was profoundly depressed and haunted by demons that nearly drove him to suicide. Despite reaching the pinnacle of his profession, Wallace harbored deep insecurities about his credentials as a journalist. For half his life, he was more “TV Personality” than reporter, dabbling as a quiz show emcee, commercial pitchman, and actor. But in the wake of a life-changing personal tragedy, Wallace transformed himself, against all odds, into the most talked-about newsman in America.

Peter Rader's Mike Wallace: A Life tells the story of a courageous man who triumphed over personal adversity and redefined the landscape of television news.

Review:

"It's not widely known that 60 Minutes' Mike Wallace started in Chicago radio-television of the 1940s as actor Myron Wallace, appearing in Ma Perkins and other soap operas. And earlier, as Rader reminds readers in this colorful biography, Wallace was The Green Hornet's announcer. With Night Beat in the late 1950s, after having moved to New York, the ambitious Wallace became an 'overnight celebrity' because of his aggressive, rapid-fire interviews: 'Night after night, Mike eviscerated them like a matador.' Abrasive bulldog tactics became his signature style, and when 60 Minutes began in 1968, Wallace's investigative reporting and 'ambush interviews' eventually brought him both controversy but also acclaim as one of the best broadcast journalists. Wallace has written his own memoirs more than once (Close Encounters in 1984; Between You and Me, 2005), which spliced in memorable interviews. Rader fills in the gaps with comprehensive coverage that includes accusations of 'juvenile' sexual antics, self-doubts, lawsuits, the 1962 accidental death of his son, failed marriages, bouts with depression, a suicide attempt, and his 'Jekyll and Hyde personality — sometimes magnanimous and charming, other times almost sadistic.' Influenced by his screenwriting, Rader (Waterworld) employs a cinematic writing style for this vivid portrait of Wallace set against a backdrop of technological television innovations. Agent David Kuhn." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The untold story of how the world's most feared TV reporter transformed his inner darkness into a journalistic juggernaut that riveted millions and redefined the landscape of television news
 
In his four decades as the front man for 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace earned the distinction of being one of the most aggressive, self-assured and unflinching journalists in the business. His unrivalled career includes interviews with every major newsmaker of the late twentieth century, from Martin Luther King to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Peter Rader reveals that behind this intimidating facade, Wallace was deeply depressed and haunted by demons that nearly drove him to suicide. In fact, Mike was so self-conscious that he had serious doubts about taking his career from radio into television. Chronicling events that launched this game and quiz show announcer into the most talked about newsman in America, Rader presents an intimate portrayal of this iconic journalist.

This shocking and inspiring inside account will captivate the innumerable Americans who grew-up on Mike Wallaces reporting.

About the Author

Peter Rader is a professional screenwriter.  His first script, Waterworld, was produced by Universal in 1995 and starred Kevin Costner.  He went on to develop projects with industry leaders such as Steven Spielberg, John Davis, Mario Kassar and others.  He also wrote and directed a remake of Escape to Witch Mountain for ABC/Disney.  His most recent credit is on The Lost Legion produced by Dino DeLaurentiis and starring Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth. 

Rader has taught numerous writing classes, including a seminar last year at Harvard, his alma mater.  He wrote a feature article on relationship between Harvard and Hollywood for the March 2008 edition of 02138 magazine.

Raders interest in Mike Wallace stems from his sister who worked for Wallace as a field producer, covering such topics as the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Palestinian Intifada.  Rader and his sister were raised in Italy by American expatriates.  He currently resides in Los Angeles, with his wife, a filmmaker, and two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312543396
Author:
Rader, Peter
Publisher:
St. Martins Press-3pl
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 8-page black and white photo in
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It's not widely known that 60 Minutes' Mike Wallace started in Chicago radio-television of the 1940s as actor Myron Wallace, appearing in Ma Perkins and other soap operas. And earlier, as Rader reminds readers in this colorful biography, Wallace was The Green Hornet's announcer. With Night Beat in the late 1950s, after having moved to New York, the ambitious Wallace became an 'overnight celebrity' because of his aggressive, rapid-fire interviews: 'Night after night, Mike eviscerated them like a matador.' Abrasive bulldog tactics became his signature style, and when 60 Minutes began in 1968, Wallace's investigative reporting and 'ambush interviews' eventually brought him both controversy but also acclaim as one of the best broadcast journalists. Wallace has written his own memoirs more than once (Close Encounters in 1984; Between You and Me, 2005), which spliced in memorable interviews. Rader fills in the gaps with comprehensive coverage that includes accusations of 'juvenile' sexual antics, self-doubts, lawsuits, the 1962 accidental death of his son, failed marriages, bouts with depression, a suicide attempt, and his 'Jekyll and Hyde personality — sometimes magnanimous and charming, other times almost sadistic.' Influenced by his screenwriting, Rader (Waterworld) employs a cinematic writing style for this vivid portrait of Wallace set against a backdrop of technological television innovations. Agent David Kuhn." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
The untold story of how the world's most feared TV reporter transformed his inner darkness into a journalistic juggernaut that riveted millions and redefined the landscape of television news
 
In his four decades as the front man for 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace earned the distinction of being one of the most aggressive, self-assured and unflinching journalists in the business. His unrivalled career includes interviews with every major newsmaker of the late twentieth century, from Martin Luther King to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Peter Rader reveals that behind this intimidating facade, Wallace was deeply depressed and haunted by demons that nearly drove him to suicide. In fact, Mike was so self-conscious that he had serious doubts about taking his career from radio into television. Chronicling events that launched this game and quiz show announcer into the most talked about newsman in America, Rader presents an intimate portrayal of this iconic journalist.

This shocking and inspiring inside account will captivate the innumerable Americans who grew-up on Mike Wallaces reporting.

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