Been there, done that, indeed. Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Valenti has led several lives, any one of which could have provided ample material for an unforgettable memoir. As it is, This Time, This Place is the gripping story of a man who saw the terrible face of war while fighting with skill and bravery for his country; who was in the room, listening, participating, and remembering, as political decisions were made that would benefit or devastate countless lives in this country and on the other side of the world; and who championed the interest of the vast and globally influential movie industry with tenacity and vision. The list of boldface names whom Valenti knew and with whom he worked is as varied as it is astonishing in number. Aside from LBJ, there were Jack and Bobby Kennedy, Kirk Douglas, Frank Sinatra, Robert McNamara, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Julia Roberts, Cary Grant, Lew Wasserman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Warren Beatty, and Bill Clinton, to begin a very long list.
The life of a man who earned both the Distinguished Flying Cross and his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is inherently intriguing, but Valenti’s warm, sometimes rueful, always engaging account gives this memoir a depth of humanity and a taste of life’s unpredictability that will linger long after you turn the final page. From growing up poor but largely oblivious to that fact in a hardscrabble neighborhood of Greek and Italian immigrants in Houston to rising to the highest summits both of national government and Hollywood, This Time, This Place is a candid and clear-eyed reflection of the joys and sorrows, ambitions and disappointments, of a life fully recognizable in its extraordinary variety. It is also a sweeping and important historical record, written by a brilliantly successful man who helped to shape politics and entertainment in the second half of the twentieth century, and who always found himself in the center of the current storm.
From the Hardcover edition.
|Publisher:||Random House Audio Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours|
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About the Author
Jack Valenti has written numerous essays for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek, and other publications. He lives in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
The Longest Day 3
Lyndon Baines Johnson 33
Alamo Street 73
The Peace Years Begin 135
The White House
The Great Society 163
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 191
Crossing the Rubicon 219
Back to the Hill Country 243
Lew Wasserman: The Hollywood Curtain Opens 265
Settling in to Run the Show 297
Icons of the Silver Screen 327
MPAA Abroad and at Home 363
The Death of Lew Wasserman and Hollywood's Generational Leadership Change 413
Racing to the Future
Stepping Down and Summing Up 431
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I came away educated on LBJ and the movie industry from a man that was THERE while it was all happening. It was as if he was sitting in the chair next to me recounting, in man to man language his past and his thoughts of the people and happenings around him. I was impressed and enjoyed it thoroughly.