Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: April 28, 2009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0345516575
ISBN - 13: 9780345516572
From the Publisher
What would my mother say? How would she want me to handle this
situation? How can I make this tough decision and stay true to
What would my mother say?
Sam Haskell still asks himself these questions every day.
When Haskell was young, his devoted mother, Mary, instilled in her
son the values of character, faith, and honor by setting an example
and asking him to promise to live his life according to her
lessons. He did, and those promises have served Haskell
consistently from his Mississippi boyhood to his long career at the
venerable William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills.
In this inspiring memoir full of touching stories and amusing
anecdotes, Haskell reveals how he kept his pledge to his mother to
live a decent life-even in the shark-infested waters of Hollywood,
where he handled the hottest stars and packaged the highest-rated
shows-by refusing to become the cliché of an amoral agent. Here is
Haskell as a child in Amory, Mississippi (pop. 7,000), discovering
the power of hope as he waits for an unlikely visit from the "Cheer
Man" (a representative of the detergent company who gave ten
dollars to anyone using the brand), learning humility after
pursuing an eighth-grade "Good Citizenship" award he cockily
assumed he'd win, confronting the complications of human character
when a near-fatal car crash exposed his judgmental father's true
Years later, in Hollywood, Haskell would rely on his mother's
teachings-honesty, self-reliance, and belief in God-as he swiftly
rose from the William Morris mailroom to eventually become the
company's Worldwide Head of Television. His capacity for friendship
and his insistence on living his version of the Golden Rule (being
"thoughtfully political") allowed him to handle various client
crises and the tense negotiations that nearly scuttled the last
years of Everybody Loves Raymond and the entire existence
of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Haskell has achieved success through self-respect, and from his
story we learn how we, too, can maintain our dignity when faced
with life's challenges. This stirring memoir is a testament to
mothers everywhere who instill in their sons the lasting values
they need to become good men and devoted fathers.
From the Hardcover edition.