Touch and Go: A Memoir

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New Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 269 pages
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The extraordinary, widely praised memoir--"a masterpiece about a life which itself is a sort of masterpiece" (Oliver Sacks)
Chosen as a best book of the year in 2007 by the "Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly," and "Playboy," Studs Terkel's memoir "Touch and Go" is "history from a highly personal point of view, by one who has helped make it" ("Kirkus").
Terkel takes us through his childhood and into his early experiences--as a law student during the Depression, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself on both radio and the stage--offering a brilliant and often hilarious portrait of Chicago in the 1920s and '30s. Describing his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II, his involvement with progressive politics during the McCarthy era, and later his career as an interviewer and oral historian, Touch and Go is a testament to Terkel's "generosity of spirit, sense of social justice and commitment to capture on his ever present tape recorder the voices of those who otherwise would not be heard" ("The New York Times Book Review"). It is a brilliant lifetime achievement from the man the Washington Post has called "the most distinguished oral historian of our time."

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

Terkel steps out from behind the tape recorder and tells us about himself--his diagnosis of what is wrong with U.S. society today, that we have hypnotized ourselves into a national amnesia about not only our history but also our goals and values, rings true. Highly recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

I read Terkel's oral histories "THE GOOD WAR" and WORKING many years ago, but none of his work since. I decided to try his memoir, TOUCH AND GO, after reading Roger Ebert's new memoir, LIFE ITSELF ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Studs Terkel is the bestselling author of more than twelve books of oral history, including Working, Hard Times, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Good War" (all available from The New Press). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Presidential National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award

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