Books by Larry King

Released: May 19, 2009

"A genial little tome, short on substance but with personality to spare."
The legendary broadcaster on his eventful life and times, assisted by Esquire writer at large Fussman (After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice, and Baseball's Forgotten Heroes, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A light and likable commentary on politics and the media."
The popular CNN talk-show host offers an informal memoir of the Clinton years. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

CNN talk show host/newspaper columnist/author King takes on the future here, asking various movers and shakers their thoughts on what the next century holds. King (Tell It to the King, 1988; When You—re from Brooklyn, 1992; etc.) and co-author Piper divide the book up into categories that include politics, science, medicine, technology, transportation, arts and entertainment, media, and vocations. Those interviewed range from Stephen Jay Gould and General John Shalikashvili to Bill Gates, Bob Costas, and Maya Angelou, all of them offering insights of varying quality. Some fascinate, such as Dr. C. Everett Koop's suggestion of electronic home care as a way to enable the elderly to remain quasi-independent. The former US surgeon general outlines a scenario in which a TV could remind people to take their medication, with another machine perhaps delivering the pill itself. Another intriguing possibility is immunizing children prenatally. Among the more mundane forecasts is the elimination of prime-time TV schedules as advances in technology allow people to decide when they will watch certain shows; tires that can be driven for up to 50 miles with no air in them; and jumpsuits as office "uniforms.— The predictability of some forecasts can be attributed in part to the mundanity of King's questions. For instance, the most intelligent sportscaster around, Bob Costas, is reduced to the trivial when asked if sports uniforms will get wilder. Costas's response: Teams will continue to change uniforms every few years. Themes do arise, in particular society's increasing tendency toward isolation and the inadequacy of today's educational facilities to prepare tomorrow's workforce. Quibbles aside, King fans and millennium watchers should be pleased with this look into what the 21st century has in store. A breezy prose rendering of the interview style that has made King a one-man multimedia mogul. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Radio and TV satellite tour) Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

More good-natured memoirs from the king of chat. King (Tell Me More, 1990, etc.) rules the live airwaves these days. Here, he gives a clue to his success, saying ``I was always...Immediate Gratification King. It's why I love doing live radio and live television.'' It's also why he loves Brooklyn, the subject of these boyhood memoirs. King (born in 1933) was raised there in a Jewish-and-Italian neighborhood where the pursuit of pleasure was the name of the game. Food was ``a religious experience''—miraculous chocolate egg-creams, heavenly blintzes (``eat six or seven, then get right in your car and drive to the hospital for your heart attack''). Adventures with a teenage gang made way for girl-chasing and amateur theatrics. Working one summer in the Catskills, King ``got laid...on home plate at the Grossinger's softball field''; back in Bensonhurst, he matched muscles in a street-corner contest with another local Jewish boy, future Dodger superstar Sandy Koufax. Life revolved around family (lots of eccentric relatives here), sports, and, increasingly, the magic of radio. King imagines what it would have been like to be on CNN back in those days (from a fantasy interview with Hitler: ``It vas the people of Poland who called for us''). Happy memories notwithstanding, times were tough: King's father died young, and his mother went on welfare and worked as a seamstress in a sweatshop. King's prospects seemed gloomy. He was a terrible student, graduating high school with a 66 average; only his chutzpah and good will, both enormous, pulled him through. King concludes with a nostalgic visit to his childhood haunts. Murray the Barber is gone, so is Maltz's Candy Store; the neighborhood is sliding downhill. But still ``those inanimate objects were breathing that weekend, whispering memories to me, making my life full''—and making this reminiscence a warmhearted winner. Read full book review >