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2.98 out of 52.98 out of 52.98 out of 52.98 out of 52.98 out of 5 2.98 (50 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ted Koppel Narrator: Ted Koppel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN: 9780375417535
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One of America's most admired TV anchors gives us an intimate chronicle of the final year of the twentieth century. In this engrossing narrative, a national bestseller, are all the most significant matters of that year--from Bill Clinton’s impeachment to Columbine, from the war in Kosovo to Y2K and the mass-marketing of Viagra. Here are the people who made the news--from Slobodan Milosevic to Hillary Rodham Clinton to Michael Jordan to John F. Kennedy Jr. The events of 1999 anticipate so many of the on-going challenges America faces today that Koppel’s account feels entirely prescient.

Koppel's book moves on yet another level as events trigger memories of his own past, providing a more personal resonance to his telling of the history we all share. He takes us back to the England in which he lived until he was thirteen. He revisits his powerful experiences as an interviewer investigating prison abuses and probing the violence in our schools. He discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the media; he talks about racial intolerance, about brutality toward gay people, about the absence of political leadership. He also examines such cultural phenomena as our obsession with celebrity and the impact of great theater and overhyped movies.  

        Here is the voice we knew so well from Nightline--intelligent, curious, opinionated, witty, concerned--reminding us in entertaining and thought-provoking ways that even the most public events reverberate in our private lives. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Koppel] writes with aplomb. His style puts readers at ease, just as his on-air style seems to put guests and audience at ease. The Christian Science Monitor
  • "Koppel's voice on the page is very much like his voice on camera-wry and measured...The pleasure here is that he is not bound by journalistic restraint. The Denver Post

    "[Y]ou will get to know... Ted Koppel... irreverent, ironical, informative, intimate, sometimes irritable, but always enormously interesting.
  • [I]n this magnificently written volume, [Koppel] speaks about himself with his usual elegance and rigor. Elie Wiesel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conrad Haas | 11/15/2013

    " Enjoyable, recalling what when on during the times we lived. Some we know about and some we did not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 9/23/2012

    " I didn't know a lot about Ted when I picked up the book from my partner's shelves. It was fairly engrossing, especially his writings from overseas assignments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 8/8/2012

    " A quick read with interesting perspectives on 1999. No joy in recalling Clinton's last year or Bosnia but some interesting insights into Koppel and enough doses of common sense to keep me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 3/12/2011

    " Memiors of an ABC news acnchor leading up to the year 2000.
    He reads Robertson Davies so he can't be all that bad.
    Picked it up at the library book sale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Conrad | 12/9/2009

    " Enjoyable, recalling what when on during the times we lived. Some we know about and some we did not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 8/12/2008

    " A quick read with interesting perspectives on 1999. No joy in recalling Clinton's last year or Bosnia but some interesting insights into Koppel and enough doses of common sense to keep me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 9/2/2007

    " I didn't know a lot about Ted when I picked up the book from my partner's shelves. It was fairly engrossing, especially his writings from overseas assignments. "

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