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Touch and Go: A Memoir

Terkel, Studs

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ISBN 10: 1595580433 / ISBN 13: 9781595580436
Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: New Pr, 2007
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A fine hardcover copy in a fine dustjacket/brodart covered, First Edition. Signed/inscribed by Studs to John and Sandy (Callaway)"What a delight to talk with you again - so many memorable- so much bleakness and hope - Here's to Peace grace and beauty." John Callaway was the former Journalist and television interviewer for WTTW Chicago. A very nice, clean and bright copy. = We ship all books with Delivery Confirmation. = We have been selling Used Books for over 31 years. Bookseller Inventory # 002746C

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Title: Touch and Go: A Memoir

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: New Pr

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The extraordinary life and times of an American icon—the Pulitzer Prize-winning oral historian's long-awaited memoir—a major publishing event.

At nearly ninety-five, Studs Terkel has written about everyone's life, it seems, but his own. In Touch and Go, he offers a memoir which—embodying the spirit of the man himself—is youthful, vivacious, and enormous fun.

Terkel begins by taking us back to his early childhood with his father, mother, and two older brothers, describing the hectic life of a family trying to earn a living in Chicago. He then goes on to recall his own experiences—as a poll watcher charged with stealing votes for the Democratic machine, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself in both radio and on the stage—giving us a brilliant and often hilarious portrait of the Chicago of the 1920s and '30s. He tells of his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II and as an interviewer and oral historian—a craft he would come to perfect and indeed personify. Finally, he discusses his involvement with progressive politics, leading inevitably to his travails during the McCarthy period when he was blacklisted and thrown out of work despite having become by then one of the country's most popular TV hosts.

Fans of Studs Terkel will find much to discover in these remarkable reminiscences. Others will be captivated to learn of the unique and eclectic life of one of America's greatest living legends.

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

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