What I Learned When I Almost Died: How a Maniac TV Producer Put Down His BlackBerry and Started to Live His Life

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Simon and Schuster, May 24, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
What do you learn when your brain goes pop?

Chris Licht had always been ambitious. When he was only nine years old, he tracked down an NBC correspondent while on vacation to solicit advice for a career in television. At eleven, he began filming himself as he delivered the news. And by the time he was thirty-five, he landed his dream job: a fast-paced, demanding spot at the helm of MSNBC’s Morning Joe—one of the most popular shows on cable TV. He had become a real-life Jerry Maguire: hard-charging, obsessively competitive, and willing to sacrifice anything to get it done. He felt invincible. Then one day Chris heard a pop in his head, followed by a whoosh of blood and crippling pain. Doctors at the ER said he had suffered a near-deadly brain hemorrhage. Chris’s life had almost been cut short, and he had eight long days in a hospital bed to think about it.

What I Learned When I Almost Died tells the story of what happened next.

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Chris Licht wants to make sure you know that he's still a high-powered TV executive producer. During the whole "brain pop" episode, and afterwards, he remains the center of the universe, still a ... Read full review

WHAT I LEARNED WHEN I ALMOST DIED: How a Maniac TV Producer Put Down His Blackberry and Started to Live His Life

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TV news honcho Licht was used to calling the shots as executive producer of MSNBC's Morning Joe, but that changed one day when something popped inside his skull. Instead of prepping for another ... Read full review


prologue The Killer Producer
chapter two The Little Anchor
chapter three A Migraine Guy
chapter four Captain Intense
chapter seven The Doctor
chapter eleven The Caller
chapter twelve A Head in a Lap
chapter thirteen An Angry Man
chapter fourteen A Walk and a Lunch
chapter fifteen Back
chapter sixteen On the Deck
chapter seventeen The Meaning of Time
chapter eighteen So Zen

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About the author (2011)

Chris Licht is the co-creator and original executive producer of Morning Joe—the popular daily morning show on MSNBC hosted by Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist. Before Morning Joe, Licht worked as executive producer on Scarborough Country. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Jenny and their two sons.

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