Audition by Barbara Walters


byBarbara Walters

Kobo ebook | May 6, 2008

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The most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than fifty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

Barbara Walters’s perception of the world was formed at a very early age. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub, and it was his risk-taking lifestyle that gave Barbara her first taste of glamour. It also made her aware of the ups and downs, the insecurities, and even the tragedies that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks, for Lou Walters didn’t just make several fortunes—he also lost them. Barbara learned early about the damage that such an existence can do to relationships—between husband and wife as well as between parent and child. Through her roller-coaster ride of a childhood, Barbara had a close companion, her mentally challenged sister, Jackie. True, Jackie taught her younger sister much about patience and compassion, but Barbara also writes honestly about the resentment she often felt having a sister who was so “different” and the guilt that still haunts her.

All of this—the financial responsibility for her family, the fear, the love—played a large part in the choices she made as she grew up: the friendships she developed, the relationships she had, the marriages she tried to make work. Ultimately, thanks to her drive, combined with a decent amount of luck, she began a career in television. And what a career it has been! Against great odds, Barbara has made it to the top of a male-dominated industry. She was the first woman cohost of the Today show, the first female network news coanchor, the host and producer of countless top-rated Specials, the star of 20/20, and the creator and cohost of The View. She has not just interviewed the world’s most fascinating figures, she has become a part of their world. These are just a few of the names that play a key role in Barbara’s life, career, and book: Yasir Arafat, Warren Beatty, Menachem Begin, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Roy Cohn, the Dalai Lama, Princess Diana, Katharine Hepburn, King Hussein, Angelina Jolie, Henry Kissinger, Monica Lewinsky, Richard Nixon, Rosie O’Donnell, Christopher Reeve, Anwar Sadat, John Wayne . . . the list goes on and on.

Barbara Walters has spent a lifetime auditioning: for her bosses at the TV networks, for millions of viewers, for the most famous people in the world, and even for her own daughter, with whom she has had a difficult but ultimately quite wonderful and moving relationship. This book, in some ways, is her final audition, as she fully opens up both her private and public lives. In doing so, she has given us a story that is heartbreaking and honest, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always fascinating.

Heather's Review

Audition, Barbara Walters’ long-awaited autobiography, is a poignant and revealing story offering an up-close, journalistic romp through the great events of our time. We are with the broadcast trailblazer as she interviews Truman Capote, Rose Kennedy, Princess Grace, Golda Meir, Anwar Sadat, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon and so many mo...

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Title:AuditionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 6, 2008Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030726954X

ISBN - 13:9780307269546


Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok read the partial arc for this and cant wait to get my hands on the rest soo excited its such an incredible thriller coming from a contemporary writer
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from picked it up sat it down faster than you can say boo
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just awesome #plumrewards. Awesome read!! Couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An informative read Though I am not usually drawn to autobiographies, I found Walters' book to be a fascinating look at behind the scenes in the realm of news and entertainment (spanning several decades).
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular!!! I wish I could give this book a six out of five!!! It's that good! It's a wonderful walk through history from Barbara's modest beginnings through her esteemed and celebratory career. Her's is a storied life where she has been afforded the opportunity to meet some of the most interesting people who have walked the earth: from heads of state; presidents; amazing celebrities; and both the famous and infamous. I thought she was an interesting person before I read her book. Interesting is an understatement. You will also find out about an historic event involving the Empire State Building which the vast majority of people born in the sixties onward are oblivious to. Her journalistic career has also not been without its bumps and bruises. What a great life she has led!!!
Date published: 2015-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Barbara knows what sells.... Look. I'm not a fan of Barbara Walters... but I purchased this autobiography after looking at the chapter headings. This is a fabulous account of an amazing life.... She was the only American that Fidel Castro would consider speaking with for many many years and allow her to interview him in Cuba. She has met some crazy influential people in her life and has also dealt with the flip-side: murderers. She's had quite a profound life and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking to read an autobiography. She will not disappoint with the tales of her early life as well as her years trying to get into the media world. She talks about what life was like in different cities in the US (in the 30s - 40s - 50s) and remembers when South Beach Florida was an army base during war times... check it out!
Date published: 2010-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fascinating Read I never really liked Barbara Walters - I don't know why, I just didn't. I only read this book because it was a Heather's Pick. This book was interesting right from the beginning as I actually saw Barbara as the hard working and caring woman that she is. You could criticize her for perhaps not spending as much time as she should have with her daughter, given all she has done and where she has been, however she had great help (whom she thanks many times over). Let's be realistic, you cannot have it all (meaning you cannot be successful and balance that with being supermom). However, I do think Barbara comes pretty close!
Date published: 2010-05-21