Katie: The Real Story

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Crown, Aug 28, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
For the past twenty-five years—first as the blithe spirit of the Today show, then as the only woman ever to anchor a network news program solo—Katie Couric has been a familiar visitor in the homes of millions. Yet, despite all her public exposure, no one—until now—has been able to penetrate the secrets behind her closely guarded personal life and her struggles in the cutthroat world of television news.

In this probing portrait of America’s news queen, bestselling author Edward Klein rips away the mask that has hidden the many faces of Katie Couric: the strong, independent woman and the needy wife and lover; the grieving widow famed for her kindness to others and the fiercely competitive diva; the consummate television interviewer and the stumbling network anchor.

Drawing on scores of interviews with people who have never spoken openly about Couric before, Katie: The Real Story absorbingly chronicles Katie’s rise to the top—from her early days at CNN and local television stations (where she was told she’d never succeed) to her phenomenal
fifteen-year run on Today. For the first time, Klein reveals the critical role Katie’s father played in her risky decision to leave Today for the hallowed anchor chair once occupied by Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather.

As Klein makes clear, Katie’s road to stardom has been paved with rocky personal relationships: a turbulent marriage to Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer; testy associations with Today cohosts Bryant Gumbel and Matt Lauer; and several star-crossed love affairs, including one with a man seventeen years her junior.

Katie: The Real Story is a candid portrait of a folksy charmer, loving single mother, cunning businesswoman, feminist icon, and notorious diva. Neither a whitewash nor a hatchet job, it’s a truthful, unflinching look at a remarkable woman and the media kingdom she’s sought to rule.

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For the past twenty-five years - initially as the perky and spirited host of the 'Today' show, then as the only woman ever to anchor a network news program solo - Katie Couric has been a familiar ... Read full review

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I found this a very readable biography, and I appreciated learning more about the role her parents (particularly her father) played in her career moves. I also enjoyed getting a glimpse of the inner ... Read full review

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Chapter One The Stuff of Legend
Chapter Two Family Secrets
Chapter Three A Tongue with a Tang
Chapter Four Shattered Dreams
Chapter Five Mother Teresa
Chapter Six The Hardcore
Chapter Seven The Hardest Beat in Washington
Chapter Nine CapraCorn
Chapter Twelve Coming of
Chapter Thirteen No Woe Is Me
Chapter Fourteen HandtoHand Combat
Chapter Fifteen High Voltage
Chapter Sixteen Columbine
Chapter Seventeen The Big Makeover
Chapter Eighteen The Greatest Aphrodisiac of
Chapter Nineteen The Charm Ran Out

Chapter Ten Breaking the Mold
Chapter Eleven Ego Ego Ego
Chapter TwentyOne The Queen of Sheba

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About the author (2007)

EDWARD KLEIN is the author of five consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Truth About Hillary, The Kennedy Curse, and Farewell, Jackie. A former foreign editor of Newsweek and editor in chief of the New York Times Magazine, he is a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair and Parade magazines.

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