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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sam Haskell, David Rensin Narrator: Sam Haskell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The promises Sam Haskell made to his mother guide him from a small-town Mississippi boyhood, through the cutthroat world of Hollywood as Worldwide Head of Television at the William Morris Agency, to a life of philanthropy in this inspirational, moving, and heartwarming memoir.

When he was growing up in small-town Mississippi, Sam Haskell saw a TV commercial promising that the “Cheer Man” was visiting homes across America, distributing ten-dollar checks to anyone who could produce a box of Cheer detergent. Sam was convinced the “Cheer Man” would come to his house. Nearly a year later, to everyone’s surprise, the “Cheer Man” arrived and young Sam was ready for him.

In this powerful and inspiring book, the “Cheer Man” becomes a parable for Haskell’s extraordinary life and a metaphor for the way he’s lived it: believing in dreams, especially the unattainable ones, and making them come true. 

Haskell’s core beliefs—humility, integrity, character, honesty, and confidence—were taught to him by his beloved mother, Mary. Each chapter focuses on a promise Sam made to his mother to adopt those values and shows how they led him to a fulfilling and successful life: as a precocious boy, a student at Ole Miss, and a young man in Hollywood with no money or connections, who rose from the William Morris mailroom to become the agency’s worldwide head of television.

In this heartfelt book, Haskell shows us how, even in the cutthroat, shark-infested waters of Hollywood, you can get ahead by being true to yourself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • My friend Sam Haskell’s journey has taken him from rural Mississippi to the great cities of the world—including The White House and Buckingham Palace. This book will tell you exactly how he did it. He had an inspirational mother who taught him life’s lessons! Morgan Freeman
  • My friend Sam Haskell’s Promises I Made My Mother is a portrait of character—something mothers and sons should read together while celebrating one of the greatest bonds that exist in the world today! Lily Tomlin
  • Sam Haskell is an anomaly in Hollywood. He brings to this book his humor, his honor and his unique perspective on how to live life. He is a great friend. Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS
  • I’ve always wondered how Sam Haskell survived in Hollywood, a viper’s nest that would make any asp jealous! Sam always treated everyone with respect and behaved with honor. Now having read Promises I Made My Mother, I understand that Sam found success by being true to himself and keeping his promises to his mother. It’s all in the breeding, and for you, it’s all in the reading! Doris Roberts, actress, Everybody Loves Raymond
  • My friend Sam Haskell has revealed aspects of his life that even I didn’t know…Promises I Made My Mother is an eye opening read for anyone who has the capacity to dream. Dolly Parton
  • It has been over 30 years since I signed on as Sam’s first client right out of the mail room at the William Morris Agency. He has kept his promises to his beloved mother and to all the rest of us who owe him so much. This book is a must read for anyone who hopes to find ‘true’ success in any field…the kind that lasts forever. Kathie Lee Gifford

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jean | 9/12/2013

    " It is the life of Sam Haskell. Interesting reading and easy enough to read. Just one man's life and how he made it to the top of his profession. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Margaret | 10/13/2011

    " I made myself finish listening. It was just an okay book. I'm not sure this is the best title for this book. Should maybe be bragging rights about my life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Laura | 5/29/2010

    " the book was not so bad...but it was just live a good life....be a nice person...and your life will turn out well...how nice.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jean | 3/29/2010

    " It is the life of Sam Haskell. Interesting reading and easy enough to read. Just one man's life and how he made it to the top of his profession. "

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