Sunday, July 8, 2012

"Truth Be Told" by Larry King (2012)

One of the best things about doing this blog has been that, from time to time, I get books sent to me for free. Of course there is an expectation that I will post a review of the book, which is perfectly fine with me, as that’s what I enjoy doing anyway.  I received this book last Thursday and have spent the past few days dipping into it. It’s a delightful read, recalling, as it does, Larry King’s remarkable career which spans 50 years, during which he has interviewed virtually everyone of note on the planet.

This is an excellent book for vacationing, lying on the beach, or poolside. You can literally open this book to any page and instantly be entertained. And let’s face it; Larry King is the entertainer’s entertainer. The book teems with stories about some of the most memorable moments of Larry King’s incredible life in broadcasting. His encounters, including the famous kiss with Marlon Brando, as well as some of the friendships he has forged along the way are mind boggling. After all, how many people can ever say that they were able to just pick up the phone and talk to Marlon Brando? Who even knew that he answered his own phone?
As richly textured, and funny, as this book is, I should also point out that this is probably Larry King’s 17th book. I’ve lost count. So, if you really want to know Larry King’s story; when you are finished with this quickly read, and highly enjoyable book;  you really need to read his full autobiography, “When You’re From Brooklyn, Everywhere Else is Tokyo.” That book gives you an insight into just how Larry King became “Larry King”. 

However, if you’ve never read anything else by Mr. King, “Truth Be Told”, is a wonderful place to begin.

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