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Between You and Me 
  By Gary Paul GatesMike Wallace
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ISBN: 9780786888436 ABC Item:   354144   Wt: 9.60 oz       Dim: 5.80 x 0.80 x 8.70 inches

In this tepid memoir, the 60 Minutes grand inquisitor appears rather manipulative, turning on a dime from unctuous insinuation to prosecutorial grilling, always searching for the point of emotional revelation when his subject weeps, rants or flounders in self-incriminating panic. Wallace includes many transcripts of such moments from his 50-year interviewing career, but with a few exceptionsâ??a breakdown by JFK bodyguard Clint Hill, Norman Mailer calling Eisenhower a "bit of a woman"â??they feel flat on the page, couched as they are in rambling, repetitive conversational prose (readers may find the accompanying DVD of broadcast highlightsâ??not seen by PWâ??somewhat livelier). Stripped of televisual aura, the transcripts also reveal the paucity of hard information Wallace uncovers; often, the interviews are more like theatrical showcases for the behind-the-scenes grunt work of journalistic fact-finding. Wallace himself seems to have learned little from it, to judge by his background commentary, which consists mainly of historical glosses interwoven with usually friendly (or adulatory) personal reminiscences of famous interviewees. Wallace does offer intriguing, if defensive, accounts of journalistic crises like CBS's censoring of a 60 Minutes interview with tobacco whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand. Otherwise, the book is a dull and not illuminating read.
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From the perspective of 60 years of reporting, most notably with 60 Minutes respected newsman Wallace, in his second memoir, shares interviews with the famous and the infamous, including personal observations on the friends and enemies he's made along the way. Interspersing clips from interviews with commentary, Wallace also provides the historical context and backstory. In 1971, talking to President Lyndon B. Johnson two years after leaving office, Wallace goads the desolate and compulsively controlling Johnson to speak about the legacy of the Vietnam War. Wallace relates his own personal struggles with depression, a malady he publicly shared with William Styron and Art Buchwald. He relates his respect for the penetrating intelligence and political savvy of Richard Nixon, his admiration for the public service spirit of Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, and his long friendship with Nancy Reagan, including a public falling out and a public patching up on Larry King Live. He includes a chapter featuring interviews with con artists and crooks, which 60 Minutes is famous for unveiling, and a chapter featuring beloved celebrities Shirley MacLaine, Vanessa Redgrave, Barbra Streisand, and others. The book also includes a 90-minute DVD of clips from Wallace's more famous interviews. Vanessa Bush
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". . . he has collected more than enough material for a first-rate memoir." -- New York Times Book Review

"A chatty, name-dropping collection of anecdotes about the iconic men and women Wallace has met." -- USA Today

"A fascinating read because of Wallace?s personalized style and his ongoing involvement with a universe filled with fascinating individuals." -- Rocky Mountain News

"Wallace?s equally hard-nosed approach with presidents, crooks, celebs, and himself proves fascinating." -- Entertainment Weekly


Mike Wallace. His very name conjures up a certain kind of journalism -- smart, informed, intense, and groundbreaking. Who else has wrangled sit-downs with his roster of world leaders and criminals, celebrities, and underdogs, heroes and scoundrels? Organized by interview subject -- including Presidents, Icons and Artists, Con Men and Other Crooks, The General and the Whistle-Blower -- Between You and Me, now in paperback, is his wry, candid, and revealing look back at sixty years in an unparalleled career.


Mike Wallace was co-editor of 60 Minutes, CBS?s seminal newsmagazine, from its premiere in 1968 until his retirement this year. He has won innumerable awards for his work and been inducted into the TV Hall of Fame. Wallace lives in New York City. Gary Paul Gates is the author or co-author of several national bestsellers -- including Close Encounters, his 1984 book with Mike Wallace. He lives in New York City.


If you're seeking an emotional vision of American life in the past 50 years, you'll get a far better experience with the audiobook of Mike Wallace's memoir than with the print version. Unlike the hardcover, in which Wallace's interviews "feel flat on the page" (as one reviewer put it), the conversations with icons such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Malcolm X, Lyndon Johnson, and Barbra Streisand seem to pop out of one's speakers. Listeners enjoy two extra features: an interview with Wallace and a DVD of the television interviews quoted in the book-enabling listeners to hear from the few celebrities--for example, Vanessa Redgrave and Mickey Cohen--who did not make the abridgment. R.W.S. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine


Mike Wallace. His very name conjures up a certain kind of journalism -- smart, informed, intense, and groundbreaking. Who else has wrangled sit-downs with his roster of world leaders and criminals, celebrities, and underdogs, heroes and scoundrels? Organized by interview subject -- including Presidents, Icons and Artists, Con Men and Other Crooks, The General and the Whistle-Blower -- Between You and Me, now in paperback, is his wry, candid, and revealing look back at sixty years in an unparalleled career.



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