Talking Back: ...to Presidents, Dictators, and Other Scoundrels

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9780143057536: Talking Back: ...to Presidents, Dictators, and Other Scoundrels

NBC news reporter Andrea Mitchell gives insights into every president from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush, and the men and women who surrounded them.

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NBC Foreign Correspondent and White House Reporter Andrea Mitchell has a lot of energy. She does a terrific job as the narrator of her own story. It's a pleasure to hear her deep, polished voice recounting her professional experiences as though each one were simple to accomplish. Her adventures with Fidel Castro are telling and amusing. Her thoughts on Ronald Reagan are equally frank. Especially touching are her stories of finding herself in unusual situations and gracefully (sometimes miraculously) making her way to success. Her reading enhances the drama of her narrative and gives insight to the famous and infamous characters she has encountered in the last quarter-century. No one else could have done better. M.R.E. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

From Publishers Weekly:

Mitchell's narration, as expected, is flawless. Her delivery is stamped with the distinctive inflections and authoritative husk TV viewers have come to know during her 30 years as a broadcast journalist, primarily with NBC. But for a memoir, this is a double-edged sword, for often the impression is: "This is Andrea Mitchell reporting live from the career of Andrea Mitchell." Rare are the truly personal moments, so her voice betrays little vulnerability. Even in the treatment of her marriage to Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, she maintains a mostly matter-of-fact tone about its unusual nature given their respective professions. Mitchell does allow a bit of personality to shine with her impersonations of Ronald Reagan and whiffs of resentment when considering antagonistic Reagan chief of staff Donald Regan. No doubt Mitchell has had to be tough. From the Jonestown massacre to the Iraq War, from Carter to Bush II, she has covered it all, regularly landing exclusives and beating the competition in a traditionally male-dominated profession. But ultimately, Mitchell's unwavering manner, which serves her well as a journalist, deprives the listener seeking deeper passages into the human heart, especially one that has beat so close to some of this country's most historic events.
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