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"You're not really a huge power broker of the female variety until some bitchy man writes a nasty biography of you, a literary pap smear meant at once to diagnose and humiliate. Edward Klein...would seem the man for the job. Like his earlier book about Hillary Clinton...Klein's Katie: The Real Story proceeds from the notion that of all the forces responsible for his subject's protean success, the least significant is actual talent. According to this logic, the star's fortunes depend entirely on how 'nice' her female fans believe her to be..." Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

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For the past twenty-five years — first as the blithe spirit of the Today show, then as the only woman ever to anchor a network news program solo — Katie Couric has been a familiar visitor in the homes of millions. Yet, despite all her public exposure, no one — until now — has been able to penetrate the secrets behind her closely guarded personal life and her struggles in the cutthroat world of television news.

In this probing portrait of America's news queen, bestselling author Edward Klein rips away the mask that has hidden the many faces of Katie Couric: the strong, independent woman and the needy wife and lover; the grieving widow famed for her kindness to others and the fiercely competitive diva; the consummate television interviewer and the stumbling network anchor.

Drawing on scores of interviews with people who have never spoken openly about Couric before, Katie: The Real Story absorbingly chronicles Katie's rise to the top — from her early days at CNN and local television stations (where she was told she'd never succeed) to her phenomenal fifteen-year run on Today. For the first time, Klein reveals the critical role Katie's father played in her risky decision to leave Today for the hallowed anchor chair once occupied by Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather.

As Klein makes clear, Katie's road to stardom has been paved with rocky personal relationships: a turbulent marriage to Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer; testy associations with Today cohosts Bryant Gumbel and Matt Lauer; and several star-crossed love affairs, including one with a man seventeen years her junior.

Katie: The Real Story is a candid portrait of a folksy charmer, loving single mother, cunning businesswoman, feminist icon, and notorious diva. Neither a whitewash nor a hatchet job, it's a truthful, unflinching look at a remarkable woman and the media kingdom she's sought to rule.

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"Katie Couric is bad.

She's conniving and self-absorbed and ungrateful. And shallow. And into younger men. And older men. She makes too much money, and she yelled at her husband. And she's had work done. And she's liberal. And she was mean to Ann Curry. ...

Well, by now, you get the general flavor of Edward Klein's unauthorized biography, which seeks to portray its... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

Edward Klein is the author of five consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Truth About Hillary, The Kennedy Curse, and Farewell, Jackie. A former foreign editor of Newsweek and editor in chief of the New York Times Magazine, he is a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair and Parade magazines.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307353504
Subtitle:
The Real Story
Author:
Klein, Edward
Publisher:
Crown Archetype
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Television personalities
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070828
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 16-PAGE 4-COLOR INSERT
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.42x6.54x1.09 in. 1.36 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Crown Publishing Group (NY) - English 9780307353504 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "You're not really a huge power broker of the female variety until some bitchy man writes a nasty biography of you, a literary pap smear meant at once to diagnose and humiliate. Edward Klein...would seem the man for the job. Like his earlier book about Hillary Clinton...Klein's Katie: The Real Story proceeds from the notion that of all the forces responsible for his subject's protean success, the least significant is actual talent. According to this logic, the star's fortunes depend entirely on how 'nice' her female fans believe her to be..." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
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