The dynamic and always
controversial television producer shares fifty years of show business and
politics, with all the candor and wisdom expected from the creator of All
in the Family.
The legendary creator of iconic television programs All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Maude,
Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Mary
Hartman, Mary Hartman, Norman Lear remade our television culture—while
leading a life of unparalleled political, civic, and social involvement.
Sharing the wealth of Lear’s ninety years, Even
This I Get to Experience is a memoir as touching and remarkable as the life
he has led.
In the 1970s, Lear’s comedies were viewed by 120 million
people per week, with stories that reflected
the most serious issues of their lives and still left them howling. But before
this, Lear led a charmed life throughout postwar Hollywood’s golden years,
befriending the likes of Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks; writing and directing
Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford, Dick Van Dyke, and Martha Raye; becoming the
highest-paid comic writer in the country while working for Jerry Lewis and Dean
Martin. Norman Lear also flew some fifty bombing missions over Germany with
the Fifteenth Air Force.
Shamelessly in love with the country the Founding Fathers
laid out for him while his own father was serving time, Lear won the first
American Legion Oratorical Contest speaking about the Constitution. He later founded
People for the American Way, a national organization to protect the civil
rights and liberties of us all, and bought an original copy of the Declaration
of Independence, printed the night of July 4, 1776, not to hang on a wall in
his home but to travel across the country to schools, and libraries, and
public institutions to be shared with citizens everywhere.
Married three times and the father of six children ranging
from nineteen to sixty-eight, Lear’s penetrating look at family life,
parenthood, and marriage is a volume in itself. Told with the charm and candor
of one of the century’s greatest storytellers, Even This I Get to Experience is nothing less than a profound gift,
endlessly readable and characteristically unforgettable. Download and start listening now!