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For the past twenty-five yearsa€”first as the blithe spirit of the Today show, then as the only woman ever to anchor a network news program soloa€”Katie Couric has been a familiar visitor in the homes of millions. Yet, despite all her public exposure, no onea€”until nowa€”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 Americaa€™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 Katiea€™s rise to the topa€”from her early days at CNN and local television stations (where she was told shea€™d never succeed) to her phenomenal fifteen-year run on Today. For the first time, Klein reveals the critical role Katiea€™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, Katiea€™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, ita€™s a truthful, unflinching look at a remarkable woman and the media kingdom shea€™s sought to rule. From the Hardcover edition.Going for the Gold with Courica€ in the Los Angeles Times (August 5, 1992); Prentis Rogersa#39;s a€œMorning TV Co-Host Katie Couric ... Pair and Seem Stiff on Cameraa€ in the Orlando (Florida) Sentinel (July 29, 1992); Rick Warnera#39;s unheadlined article from Barcelona, Spain, ... 1992); a€œZing Hima€ in USA Today ( March 9, 1994); Joanne Kaufmana#39;s a€œKatie Couric Todaya€ in TV Guide (February 6, 1993); Richardanbsp;...

Author:Edward Klein
Publisher:Crown Archetype - 2007-08-28


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