Despite the wretched title, this thin autobiography does indeed seem to be frank and candid, etching in detail Blair's life...

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Despite the wretched title, this thin autobiography does indeed seem to be frank and candid, etching in detail Blair's life from his boyhood in rural South Carolina, through four decades of electronic journalism, to his bouts with alcohol which finally drove him from the ""Today"" show after 23 years as its highly paid newscaster. In brisk, journalistic terms, Blair describes his nomadic, busy, and successful career: Eagle Scout, professional violinist, pilot, radio-station manager, White House correspondent, and husband of an apparently marvelous and stoic woman whose pregnancies--all eight of them--are the threads that hold this rags-to-riches story together. In the TV industry, Blair was regarded as a friendly, gregarious chap, and these qualities emerge from the book, though he can't resist some rather harsh, final words for Barbara Walters and other famous colleagues.

Pub Date: Aug. 3, 1979

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1979