Promises I Made My Mother

  • by David Rensin, Sam Haskell, Ray Romano
  • Narrated by Sam Haskell, Ray Romano
  • 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The promises Sam Haskell made to his mother guide him from a small-town Mississippi boyhood, through the cutthroat world of Hollywood as Worldwide Head of Television at the William Morris Agency, to a life of philanthropy, in this inspirational, moving, and heartwarming memoir.When he was growing up in small-town Mississippi, Sam Haskell saw a TV commercial promising that "The Cheer Man" was visiting homes across America, distributing $10 checks to anyone who could produce a box of Cheer detergent. Sam was convinced "The Cheer Man" would come to his house. Nearly a year later, to everyone's surprise, "The Cheer Man" arrived and young Sam was ready for him.In this powerful and inspiring book, "The Cheer Man" becomes a parable for Haskell's extraordinary life and a metaphor for the way he's lived it: believing in dreams, especially the unattainable ones, and making them come true. Haskell's core beliefs - humility, integrity, character, honesty, and confidence - were taught to him by his beloved mother, Mary. Each chapter focuses on a promise Sam made to his mother to adopt those values and shows how they led him to a fulfilling and successful life: as a precocious boy, a student at Ole Miss, and a young man in Hollywood with no money or connections, who rose from the William Morris mailroom to become the Agency's Worldwide Head of Television.In this heartfelt book, Haskell shows us how, even in the cutthroat, shark-infested waters of Hollywood, you can get ahead by being true to yourself.Foreward written and read by Ray Romano.

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What the Critics Say

"My friend Sam Haskell's journey has taken him from rural Mississippi to the great cities of the world - including The White House and Buckingham Palace. This book will tell you exactly how he did it. He had an inspirational mother who taught him life's lessons!" (Morgan Freeman)
"My friend Sam Haskell's Promises I Made My Mother is a portrait of character - something mothers and sons should read together while celebrating one of the greatest bonds that exist in the world today!" (Lily Tomlin)
"My friend Sam Haskell has revealed aspects of his life that even I didn't know...Promises I Made My Mother is an eye opening read for anyone who has the capacity to dream." (Dolly Parton)

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Beautiful True Story that Will Encourage You

This is about how Mother's Love fuels BIG dreams. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll remember the beautiful moments in your childhood with your wonderful Mother, seeing yourself, feeling the warmth of the air, smelling the deliciousness of the gifts she cooked from her kitchen, you'll experience Mother's love. The heartfelt memories he shares will bring you joy, tears and laughter. If you enjoyed the movie 'The Blind Side' buy this book now! Sam delivers wisdom about work and life. Move over 'Who Moved My Cheese' by Spencer Johnson, M.D. this book is a life instruction manual. Sam Haskell's voice will have you feeling that you're in a conversation with him, and he's focused on you, he sincerely cares about your feelings too. Sam takes you directly into true life stories that include intimate details, so intimate you'll feel like you know Sam Haskell as well. I admit that Sam is one of my career heros, and this book has further proven Sam Haskell's character. Perhaps it seems counterintuitive that Sam Haskell remains one of the most powerful people in 'Hollywood' ... and that is a big part of the secret and beauty of this work. Sam Haskell tells the story of Hollywood the same way that I see it. So many refer to an 'evil' side of Hollywood, but Sam Haskell is a man of true character. His integrity has carried him from a small Mississippi town to representing talents like Ray Romano and our mutual friend Doris Roberts. Without Sam Haskell, we wouldn't have had the family friendly shows we've enjoyed like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Everybody Loves Raymond. You'll learn that in the midst of great odds against you, you too can make it. Living in Hollywood, being reared in a small Alabama town, I understand the adversity, the doubts others had and sticking with the dream. Hopefully you'll also feel encouraged to do the same. Now that Mom has ovarian cancer, this book is even more meaningful to me. Oh, as a bonus, this book is FILLED with Hollywood secrets! Sam Botta
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- Air

Unenthused.

Dull and boring.
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- L. Neumar "craft lover"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-15-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio