9781595584113

Touch and Go: A Memoir

Terkel, Studs

ISBN 10: 1595584110 / 1-59558-411-0
ISBN 13: 9781595584113
Publisher: The New Press
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Softcover
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The extraordinary, widely praised memoir—"a masterpiece about a life which itself is a sort of masterpiece" (Oliver Sacks)

Chosen as a best book of the year in 2007 by the Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and Playboy, Studs Terkel's memoir Touch and Go is "history from a highly personal point of view, by one who has helped make it" ( Kirkus).

Terkel takes us through his childhood and into his early experiences—as a law student during the Depression, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself on both radio and the stage—offering a brilliant and often hilarious portrait of Chicago in the 1920s and '30s. Describing his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II, his involvement with progressive politics during the McCarthy era, and later his career as an interviewer and oral historian, Touch and Go is a testament to Terkel's "generosity of spirit, sense of social justice and commitment to capture on his ever present tape recorder the voices of those who otherwise would not be heard" ( The New York Times Book Review). It is a brilliant lifetime achievement from the man the Washington Post has called "the most distinguished oral historian of our time."

Review:
Bitter and sweet, sexy and morally uplifting, intimate and historically significant.

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Book Description: New Press. 1 Paperback(s), 2007. soft. Book Condition: New. By the time he had reached the age of 95, Studs Terkel had written about everyone's life, it seemed, but his own. Fortunately, he did have a chance to write this pleasantly rambling memoir shortly before his death in 2008. Terkel begins with his early childhood and experience of a family trying to earn a living in Chicago in the 1920s. He recalls his early experiences as a law student during the Depression and an actor on radio and the stage, and his brief, humorous stint in the Air Force. Terkel tells of his broadcast beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II and as an interviewer and oral historian, and discusses his involvement with progressive politics, leading to his travails during the McCarthy era when he was blacklisted and thrown out of work despite having become one of the country's most popular television performers. Through it all, Terkel reflects upon the hundreds of people and events that influenced him, his enduring love affair with Chicago, and his lifelong concern for the lives of the uncelebrated, leading to his giving a voice to the face in the crowd. "His lifetime has spanned the boom times of the Twenties, the Depression, World War II, the McCarthy red-hunting era, the civil rights movement, the hippie activists of the late Sixties, and on into present times. By now, the man requires an adjective of his own—Terkelesque."—Margaret Atwood 269. Bookseller Inventory # 33154

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