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James M. Patton

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The best primer for business and life.

I carried a copy of this book under my passenger seat for years, so that if I had to wait somewhere, I could reach from the driver's seat over to the passengers seat and grab my copy of All Too Human.

I have worked my way up through management, (owned my own mowing company from ages 7 to 17, made my way up through management to Chief Operations Officer, etc) and this is the best primer for how to talk to power both above, below, and equal to you.

This is the best book for how to work with both genders, and people of power in the other gender. I cannot stress how great of a training book this is. And that is before you take in to account it is one of the greatest political and historical books ever regarding completely changing how presidents get elected.

There are two major changes in the modern presidency: 1. The addition of television. 2. The techniques Stephanopoulos, Carville, and Begala used to get Clinton elected.

This book should be required reading in every high school in America (I lean Republican by the way, and it is in no way a Democratic love note).

This is my favorite book of all time, from long before there was an Audible. While it says it is unabridged, I have a signed first edition, and I feel the hard copy is longer. But for an audio book, this is a great start.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The Late, Great Brandon Tartikoff

I was a huge fan of Brandon Tartikoff as a kid. I followed his work at NBC and was there the day the hard copy of this book was released.

Though the audio is dated, to hear Brandon Tartikoff read such an educational and historical, while enjoyable tale of what it was like to have to fly film from one coast to the other, to wait for Nielsen Ratings, to live and die in pilot season, it is quite the book.

Much like Steve Jobs, we lost this brilliant mind way too soon. A great read.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Love the book & the show

This book takes you into the real world that most of us think we know from Netflix.

The real stories, from the very start, take you on such a journey. A fantastic listen

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Some Good Material Among A Lot of Listening

There is some really good material here, but you really have to wade through a lot to get to the educational bits.

The man is more successful on any given day than I have ever been, but as a reader of these books, this one was work to get through.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

My Favorite Book On Writing!!!!

Let me share a secret: I love movies made from Stephen King books (The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining), but I do not like to read most of King's books due to the repetitiveness in some of them (The Shining in particular went in circles!!!).

BUT, that said, I love good writing, and the most prolific writer alive has written THE book about being a writer. There is so much in here that I not only believe, but have successfully applied. I paid for over 1/3 of my Masters Degrees writing for my professors, while also writing screenplays, and the points in this book are what made me successful.

This is also a great telling of King's history. The van accident, the drugs and alcohol, and coming back from it all to be, literally The KING of writing for our time. Like it or not, the man sells books like the rest of us take breaths, and this book will help you understand how.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

USE FEWER WORDS!!!!

As a writer, I had always used the rule of 3 when writing thank you notes to jokes. It turns out that brevity has its virtues and this book teaches you that, unless you are Aaron Sorkin, you probably will be better with less.

I have definitely trimmed a lot of my writing since reading this, and I describe to my 12 year old son the image of the professor grabbing his collar and saying: USE FEWER WORDS... USE FEWER WORDS.

Quite the education for someone that paid for 1/3 of his Masters Degrees writing for professors. Maybe it is better that I hadn't read this yet!!!! I had to write 2 hour lectures... I needed the material!!!

A great book and highly recommended!!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Makes you want to go visit them!!!

I have loved Jimmy Carville since "The War Room", and when you put the Ragin' Cajun and Mary together on audio, you have pure magic.

To hear these political legends tell the histories of their careers, of their lives, of their children, of their move to New Orleans, they take you into their world and you get to hear about a shared life from two different (but amazingly not so different) sides.

A gift to fans of this couple to hear them read it!!!!

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Someone needs an editor!!!

I love the movie of The Shining, but the repetitiveness of the book is unbelievable. I know the history of King hating Kubrick's version, etc, etc. But everyone I have talked to that has muddled through this book, including the reading by Campbell Scott, have said it was more of a mission than a joy to finish it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

One of the best press secretaries ever!!

I so appreciate that Ari Fleischer wrote this book. I read all of the presidential and staff autobiographies that I can, and I loved this inside look at the world of The White House.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Heartfelt, inside telling of JFK Jr's Final Years

RoseMarie Terenzio does an absolutely terrific job of taking you inside the offices, the apartments, the lives of the people that put out the magazine George, and most prominently, the late, great John Kennedy Jr.

I cannot do justice to the wonderful job RoseMarie does in telling how much she loved working with John. His pet peeves, his tricks of dealing with the world, and how his and her world came together to allow her to have such an amazing, inside view of such a charismatic person.

I have bought the hard cover of this book twice, having lost my first copy during a move, and knowing I needed to have it in my life. It is that good. I was so glad when it became available on Audible and I got to hear RoseMarie tell the story in her voice. Truly one of my favorite books.

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