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Cosby: His Life and Times

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Publisher Comments:

The most in-depth biography yet of a true American original, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and interviews with scores of sources, including Cosby and many of his closest friends and associates, itand#8217;s both a riveting social history and a funny and frank personal narrative.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In the 1960s, Bill Cosby revolutionized the world of comedy with his hilarious stand-up routines and became the first black star of a prime-time drama in andlt;Iandgt;I Spyandlt;/Iandgt;. In the 1970s, he launched a Saturday morning childrenand#8217;s cartoon show that ran for thirteen years. In the 1980s and and#8216;90s, he starred in one of the most groundbreaking shows in TV history. andlt;Iandgt;The Cosby Showandlt;/Iandgt; topped the ratings for five straight years and revived the sitcom format.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Raised in a housing project by a smart and energetic mother who worked as a housemaid, with a largely absent father, Cosby pulled himself together in the Navy after an aimless adolescence. He went on to early success in Greenwich Village clubs, on andlt;iandgt;The Tonight Showandlt;/iandgt;, and with a string of Grammy-winning comedy albums.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Whitaker deals candidly with Cosbyand#8217;s private life, including romantic and business disputes. Cosby and his wife, now celebrating fifty years of marriage, fled Hollywood, raised five children, suffered through the murder of their only son and a temporary rebellion of one daughter. Today, he is still performing and making headlines with provocative stands on racial and political issues.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Whitaker has written a powerful biography of a man whose life itself is a fascinating story.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;

Review:

"Bill Cosby has his image complicated in this absorbing biography from former Newsweek editor Whitaker (My Long Trip Home), who traces Cosby's rise from poverty in the Philadelphia projects where he lived with a working mom and an alcoholic and largely absent father during his feckless boyhood of academic failure. Cosby achieved success in everything he lacked in youth: wealth and fame as a superstar, a legendary role in The Cosby Show as a prosperous, doting paterfamilias, and a public voice as a crusader for education, personal responsibility, and committed parenting in the African-American community (despite personal missteps that would come back to haunt him). Along the way the author illuminates, with telling detail, Cosby's remarkable achievements as a comedic technician who avoided easy gags and carefully honed his long-form stand-up routines while approaching acting roles with naturalistic improvisation. Cosby has been controversial for being noncontroversial — for eschewing edgy racial humor and politics in favor of a warm-hearted inclusiveness that white audiences embraced — but Whitaker shows the prickliness beneath the affable exterior and the genuine if sometimes muted concern for civil rights. He makes a persuasive case for Cosby as a groundbreaking comic and a quiet but far-ranging pioneer of black advancement. Photos. (Sept. 16) " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun and fascinating account of his life and historic legacy.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Far from the gentle worlds of his routines or TV shows, Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother. With novelistic detail, award winning journalist Mark Whitaker tells the story of how, after dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Published on the 30th anniversary of andlt;Iandgt;The Cosby Showandlt;/Iandgt;, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosbyand#8217;s bestselling albums, breakout role on andlt;Iandgt;I Spyandlt;/Iandgt;, and pioneering place in childrenand#8217;s TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas, from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of fifty years, Camille Cosby.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Whitaker explores the roots of Cosbyand#8217;s controversial stands on race, as well as and#8220;the Cosby effectand#8221; that helped pave the way for a black president. For any fan of Bill Cosbyand#8217;s work, and any student of American television, comedy, or social history, andlt;Iandgt;Cosby: His Life and Timesandlt;/Iandgt; is an essential read.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;

About the Author

Mark Whitaker is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, andlt;iandgt;My Long Trip Homeandlt;/iandgt;. The former managing editor of CNN Worldwide, he was previously the Washington bureau chief for NBC News and a reporter and editor at andlt;iandgt;Newsweek, andlt;/iandgt;where he rose to become the first African-American leader of a national newsweekly.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451697971
Subtitle:
His Life and Times
Author:
Whitaker, Mark
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby, Cosby Show, I Spy, Billy Cosby biography, Bill Cosby Himself, Cosby sweater, Fat Albert, A Different World, stand up comedy, stand up comedians, Phylicia Rashad, Lisa Bonet, Richard Pryor, Robert Culp, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby; Cosby Show; I Spy; Billy Cosby biography; Bill Cosby Himself; Cosby sweater; Fat Albert; A Different World; stand up comedy; stand up comedians; Phylicia Rashad; Lisa Bonet; Richard Pryor; Robert Culp; Eddie Murphy; George Carlin; Dave Chapel
Subject:
Billy Cosby; Cosby Show; I Spy; Billy Cosby biography; Bill Cosby Himself; Cosby sweater; Fat Albert; A Different World; stand up comedy; stand up comedians; Phylicia Rashad; Lisa Bonet; Richard Pryor; Robert Culp; Eddie Murphy; George Carlin; Dave Chapel
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140916
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-pp bandamp;w insert of 30 images, cha
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
234.95 x 158.75 mm

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bill Cosby has his image complicated in this absorbing biography from former Newsweek editor Whitaker (My Long Trip Home), who traces Cosby's rise from poverty in the Philadelphia projects where he lived with a working mom and an alcoholic and largely absent father during his feckless boyhood of academic failure. Cosby achieved success in everything he lacked in youth: wealth and fame as a superstar, a legendary role in The Cosby Show as a prosperous, doting paterfamilias, and a public voice as a crusader for education, personal responsibility, and committed parenting in the African-American community (despite personal missteps that would come back to haunt him). Along the way the author illuminates, with telling detail, Cosby's remarkable achievements as a comedic technician who avoided easy gags and carefully honed his long-form stand-up routines while approaching acting roles with naturalistic improvisation. Cosby has been controversial for being noncontroversial — for eschewing edgy racial humor and politics in favor of a warm-hearted inclusiveness that white audiences embraced — but Whitaker shows the prickliness beneath the affable exterior and the genuine if sometimes muted concern for civil rights. He makes a persuasive case for Cosby as a groundbreaking comic and a quiet but far-ranging pioneer of black advancement. Photos. (Sept. 16) " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun and fascinating account of his life and historic legacy.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Far from the gentle worlds of his routines or TV shows, Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother. With novelistic detail, award winning journalist Mark Whitaker tells the story of how, after dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Published on the 30th anniversary of andlt;Iandgt;The Cosby Showandlt;/Iandgt;, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosbyand#8217;s bestselling albums, breakout role on andlt;Iandgt;I Spyandlt;/Iandgt;, and pioneering place in childrenand#8217;s TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas, from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of fifty years, Camille Cosby.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Whitaker explores the roots of Cosbyand#8217;s controversial stands on race, as well as and#8220;the Cosby effectand#8221; that helped pave the way for a black president. For any fan of Bill Cosbyand#8217;s work, and any student of American television, comedy, or social history, andlt;Iandgt;Cosby: His Life and Timesandlt;/Iandgt; is an essential read.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;
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