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Whatever her missteps and stumbles along the way, the journey of Oprah Gail Winfrey from Hattie Mae's pig farm in Mississippi to the pinnacle of wealth, power, and success in American television is a journey we must all admire. In looking for the secret to her achievement, too many observers focus on her poise or brashness or honesty. The secret is much more complex, as is Oprah herself. There is an inner strength of spirit and a belief in self that is as astonishing as the outer trappings of her success. Oprah is more akin to Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, and Marianne Williamson than she is to Phil Donahue or Sally Jesse Raphael.
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George Mair has been a journalist for over 35 years with CBS, Los Angeles Times Syndicate and TIME, Inc. Home Box Office. He has written thousands of broadcast scripts, newspaper articles, and syndicated columns: this is his twelfth book. George Mair has interviewed Oprah's friends, family enemies, and critics to present this definitive saga of her struggle and success.From Library Journal:
While there isn't much new here, Oprah Winfrey is an interesting look at a popular, successful woman of our times. Mair, an experienced newspaper and script writer, chronicles Winfrey's life from her childhood on Hattie Mae's pig farm in Mississippi, through her wild teen years, her progress as a radio and then television personality, up to today. He describes the personal and professional scandals and turmoil that surround her, including family problems, her love affairs, her continuing struggle with her weight, and her business and acting successes. Quotes from her friends and co-workers are used to round out descriptions of her personality and lifestyle. Winfrey's intelligence, generosity, and dedication to hard work are consistent themes in this portrayal. While the author obviously admires his subject, he does not hesitate to give details about controversial and difficult topics that have enveloped her and her family. He delves into negative issues and generally includes other viewpoints. At times gossipy and somewhat repetitive, this program offers multifaceted reporting on all kinds of details about Winfrey's life. The text is narrated by the author, whose vocal projection initially varies, making the latter parts of some sentences difficult to hear. About halfway through the first tape, however, Mair seems to find his stride, and the remainder of the material is relatively easy to understand. This is not a necessary purchase for most libraries, but it's light fare and enjoyable listening. Libraries with large pop culture collections may wish to consider.
Carolyn Alexander, Columbia Lib. System, Monterey, Cal.
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Book Description B & B Audio, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1882071565
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # S-1882071565