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3.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 5 3.13 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeannette Walls Narrator: Jeannette Walls Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2000 ISBN:
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Ultimate insider Jeannette Walls gives us a cook's tour of the dangerously simmering cult of celebrity, from the birth of the National Enquirer to the rise of tabloid TV, from Walter Winchell to Matt Drudge, from the liaisons of Marilyn Monroe and JFK to the deaths of Elvis and Princess Diana.

Here is a fascinating look at five decades of dish, a behind-the-scenes look at the personalities who control what we see, hear, and read, not to mention the personalities who wish to be seen, heard, and read about. Hear the inside stories you never knew about the trinity of celebrity, publicist, and reporter - the people who have stoked the American appetite for gossip from the salacious days of silver-screen magazines to the instantaneous communication of the Internet.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/9/2014

    " Fascinating look at the development of the gossip and tabloid industry in the United States....particularly poingnant given the current obsession with Britney/Lindsay/Paris. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RNOCEAN | 1/22/2014

    " Having read "The Glass Castle" by this author and thoroughly enjoying it, I wanted to read about what she did in her job as a journalist. She began with the early days of journalism, Walter Winchell, Confidential Magazine, Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters and the early television shows such as Current Affair, etc. up and through the death of Princess Diana. I was not shocked to learn that celebrities 'pay' for their image by using high priced agents and columnists to tell their stories. This world of gossip was an interesting read overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 11/5/2013

    " This book title intrigued me...because I wondered how the nightly news and/or newspapers had become so "gossipy". The author has done her research and has documented the trend of straight newsreporting into the current news shows which prevail either on network TV, cable or printed matter. I chose 3 stars because, although the Cliff note version of the book would have suited me as well or better, this is a well written, very well documented book of the history of written and spoken journalism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/18/2013

    " It was ok, I am a big Jeanette Walls fan, but frnkly this book could have been written by anyone. The topic was entertaining, but it was very redundant. The book was wrought with combersome detail, that almost seemed repetitive at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Whitehead | 10/15/2013

    " This was a really interesting and fun read. It would be a great book for an undergrad course on media or journalism, and it threaded together events I remembered but didn't attach significance to (OJ's trial, the Michael Jackson controversy, Donald Trump's divorce, etc). I kept flashing back to reading my Grandma's copies of Redbook and Reader's Digest. At any rate, if this strikes you as remotely interesting, you will enjoy Walls' conversational style and all the juicy (historical) tidbits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 10/13/2013

    " This was quite an interesting read. It was fascinating to see the history of celebrity news and how it became mainstream. It's an informative read as well with a lot of well-researched and well put together subject matter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lois | 10/13/2013

    " Was ok, she did a lot of research, but I don't really enjoy getting into all the Hollywood/famous people stuff. Looking forward to meeting Jeannette on March 12th,2013. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marisa | 9/16/2013

    " I just couldn't get into this. I love the topic and I love Jeannette Walls, but finally I put the book down and never went back to it. Disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dorothy Gourley | 8/13/2013

    " For those of us who remember the people in the book, it is an interesting history of the evolution of the rag mags. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mel | 6/10/2013

    " sounds like what it is... a history of how gossip columns & tabloids came to be "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/3/2013

    " I flew through this book...it is a fascinating, well-written look at the origins of gossip media and what a cut-throat industry it has become. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 1/24/2013

    " For me, this was an interesting look at how the gossip and tabloid industry has developed in the United States. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 1/2/2013

    " I thought this book was going to be about Walls' experiences as a gossip columnist, but it was actually about the history of gossip - from newspapers to magazines to tv shows. It had some interesting tidbits, but parts of it were quite dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica Rangel | 12/16/2012

    " As a bonafide news junkie from an early age, this book was a perfect fit. I highly suggest to those who love the media & nonfiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 11/4/2012

    " Addicted to celebrity gossip and have no idea why? This book is a fun way to learn about the history and politics of the entire industry. I'll open next month's People magazine with a different perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 8/12/2012

    " Interesting history of gossip columnists & tabloid television - some new information for me... but I guess I'm too much of a culture buff to really find anything surprising here. (Not sure that's a good thing, btw.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 8/4/2012

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. It gives the back story of the gossip industry, which is practically all journalism nowadays! I had read Jeannette Walls' two memoirs and this was completely different. This book was very well researched and she names all the names. Fascinating! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 5/1/2012

    " The history of celebrity gossip. Sounds great, right? Not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ainsley | 1/22/2012

    " Very interesting and a quick read. I'd love to read an updated version for the internet age. I bet Jeannette Walls would have some things to say about TMZ and Perez Hilton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 11/28/2011

    " Interesting in parts, but mostly just a little depressing.The part about Princess Diana and her manipulation of the press was really interesting! I was surprised! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merrikay | 4/18/2011

    " I enjoyed this gossipy book a lot, and learned a lot about how celebrities and the press interact - very interesting stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/11/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. It gives the back story of the gossip industry, which is practically all journalism nowadays! I had read Jeannette Walls' two memoirs and this was completely different. This book was very well researched and she names all the names. Fascinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ainsley | 6/12/2010

    " Very interesting and a quick read. I'd love to read an updated version for the internet age. I bet Jeannette Walls would have some things to say about TMZ and Perez Hilton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 5/1/2010

    " Addicted to celebrity gossip and have no idea why? This book is a fun way to learn about the history and politics of the entire industry. I'll open next month's People magazine with a different perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 3/5/2010

    " I thought this book was going to be about Walls' experiences as a gossip columnist, but it was actually about the history of gossip - from newspapers to magazines to tv shows. It had some interesting tidbits, but parts of it were quite dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mel | 3/2/2010

    " sounds like what it is... a history of how gossip columns & tabloids came to be "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 12/29/2009

    " Interesting in parts, but mostly just a little depressing.The part about Princess Diana and her manipulation of the press was really interesting! I was surprised! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 10/31/2009

    " For me, this was an interesting look at how the gossip and tabloid industry has developed in the United States. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 10/25/2008

    " Interesting history of gossip columnists & tabloid television - some new information for me... but I guess I'm too much of a culture buff to really find anything surprising here. (Not sure that's a good thing, btw.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merrikay | 9/4/2008

    " I enjoyed this gossipy book a lot, and learned a lot about how celebrities and the press interact - very interesting stuff. "

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About the Author
Author Jeannette WallsJeannette Walls graduated from Barnard College and was a journalist in New York. Her memoir, The Glass Castle, has been a New York Times bestseller for more than six years. She is also the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers The Silver Star and Half Broke Horses, which was named one of the ten best books of 2009 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Walls lives in rural Virginia with her husband, the writer John Taylor.