Synopses & Reviews
The Oprah Winfrey Show
came to an end on May 25, 2011, after 25 years on television. Arguably the most influential television personality of all time, Ms. Winfrey and her show have had an impact on American culture that cannot be overstated. This beautifully illustrated book will explore and celebrate the legacy of the show using essays and tributes from a stellar group of contributors including Maya Angelou, Bono, Ellen DeGeneres, Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, Julia Roberts, Maria Shriver, Gloria Steinem, John Travolta, and more. The book will feature photographs from the Harpo archive, spanning the 25 years the show has been on the air, including the farewell season.
Essays within the book will be dedicated to different themes (e.g., personal growth, social action, and literature) and will explore how the show has touched peopleand#8217;s lives and impacted the conversation around those issues. The essays will be followed by narrative text, which will guide the reader through the history of the showand#8217;s involvement with each topic and will include stories about the events, people, and organizations that have acted as touchstones or provided insights along the way. Accompanying the essays and narrative text will be images from the show, behind-the-scenes photographs, as well as signature portraits of the contributing celebrities taken by noted photographers.
The book will allow Oprah Winfrey Show fans to understand the broad cultural impact of the show, while revisiting favorite guests, episodes, and stories.
Praise for Oprah Winfrey Show:and#160;Reflections on an American Legacy:
and#8220;A lavish and loving tribute to the television personality, icon, and philanthropist makes a powerful case for Oprahand#8217;s centrality and influence on American culture. . . . The book shines when it . . . gives us, in its gorgeous photographs, behind-the-scenes glimpses of the empty studio, the primping process (with no fewer than three makeup artists), and the vast army of producers and writers behind Oprahand#8217;s magic.and#8221;and#160;
and#8220;A big, glossy paean to the queen of talk . . . A chance to relive the first twenty-five years of and#8216;ahaand#8217; moments.and#8221; and#8212;USA Today
and#8220;[A] sumptuous tribute to the talk-show icon.and#8221; and#8212;Washington Post (A Best Book of 2011)
and#8220;This is a perfect gift for any Oprah fan or anyone just looking for inspiration.and#8221; and#8212;Dallas Morning News
Now in paperback, the magnificent, best-selling companion volume to the 2007 PBS series: the American experience of World War II told through a brilliant weave of story and picture. This is history captured in the words and deeds of ordinary citizens from four towns—Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama—on the battlefields and on the home front.
The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced—and helped to win—the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.
Focusing on the citizens of four towns—Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama—The War follows more than forty people from 1941 to 1945. Woven largely from their memories, the compelling, unflinching narrative unfolds month by bloody month, with the outcome always in doubt. All the iconic events are here, from Pearl Harbor to the liberation of the concentration camps—but we also move among prisoners of war and Japanese American internees, defense workers and schoolchildren, and families who struggled simply to stay together while their men were shipped off to Europe, the Pacific, and North Africa.
Enriched by maps and hundreds of photographs, including many never published before, this is an intimate, profoundly affecting chronicle of the war that shaped our world.
The magnificent, bestselling companion volume to the 2007 PBS series: the American experience of World War II told through a brilliant weave of story and picture.
About the Author
Geoffrey C. Ward
wrote the script for the film series The War
and is the winner of five Emmys and two Writers Guild of America awards for his work for public television. He is also a historian and biographer and the author of fourteen books, including most recently Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.
He won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1989 and the Francis Parkman Prize in 1990. He lives in New York City.
Ken Burns, producer and director of the film series The War, founded his own documentary company, Florentine Films, in 1976. His films include Jazz, Baseball, and The Civil War, which was the highest-rated series in the history of American public television. His work has won numerous prizes, including the Emmy and Peabody Awards, and received two Academy Award nominations. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.