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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrea Mitchell Narrator: Andrea Mitchell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780786555383
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Andrea Mitchell started her pathbreaking career as the quintessential girl reporter and quickly became one of the first women in broadcast news. She’s been labeled a “pushy broad,” yet her intelligence, tenacity, and ability to always be “where the action is” have catapulted her to the top of her profession. As one of America’s most watched correspondents, Mitchell has regularly shared her observations with millions of television viewers for more than three decades.

Time and again, Mitchell has proven herself by taking on the tough assignments, starting with her first posting abroad in Guyana after the previous NBC correspondent had been murdered by Jim Jones’ henchmen. She has had unique access to all the presidents and their staffs from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush, and here gives us her unvarnished insights into these men and those who surround them. Whether it was revealing that Ronald Reagan’s napping caused the delay of a space shuttle landing, conducting exclusive interviews with Fidel Castro, or accompanying Condoleezza Rice on her first trip abroad as secretary of state, she is known as the one to beat to the story.

But what sets this book apart is not only the unique front-row seat Mitchell has in the political world, but also the role she plays in the glamorous social scene in Washington. Her marriage to Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, has created professional challenges, but also given her special entree to the “A” list drawing rooms of Washington and other capitals. Here she gives us glimpses of what it's like to go from a 7 p.m. newscast to an 8 p.m. black-tie party, to go from being the reporter staking out a state dinner to being one of the invited guests.

Smart and candidly written, Mitchell’s memoir will be a must read for anyone interested in politics and current affairs and will also fascinate anyone who wonders what it’s like to be a powerful woman in a man’s world.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/12/2013

    " Interested behind the scenes look into the lives of reporters & journalists and the people they cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Reed | 10/1/2013

    " Insight into happenings in the years past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Herb | 6/22/2013

    " This was a great read. The story of Andrea Mitchell's journalistic life and career is wonderfully interesting, chock full of great stories. A must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 5/14/2013

    " Andrea Mitchell has led an exceptional career. Unfortunately, she adds a lot of her personal life & quite frankly, I don't care about that. So, I'd say 75% is excellent, 25% was fluff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emiliano Orencia | 2/17/2013

    " Mitchell gives you a history lesson based on her various reporting and travels through the world. Her insight in the book is as good as her "breaking news" or perspective on current political issues. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 8/12/2012

    " Waste of time. Nothing new here. Shallow and vapid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Misty | 5/18/2012

    " I didn't really finish the book. I got a little bored. But it was interesting and informative of politics before my time. I think once I hit the Clinton era (about when I started to pay attention to politics seriously) I got bored "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 5/15/2012

    " Decent book with some interesting insight into Andrea Mitchell's life... but nothing earth-shattering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/8/2012

    " I have always liked Mitchell's reporting style as the Chief Foreign Correspondent on NBC News, so I enjoyed reading about her perspective on some of the big (and not so big) stories she's done. Also, she's married to Alan Greenspan for god's sake, so there must be an interesting story there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis BV | 1/11/2012

    " Andrea Mitchell gives a very non-biased view of the historical events she covered in her career. It was really interesting and gave a very human perspective on critical events in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mick | 5/15/2011

    " Andrea makes the historical content interesting and insightful. I wish my career was as exciting. How may of us can truly say, "Along this journey, I have made sacrifices I sometimes regret, although none so important that I would take the path not chosen." Go for it Andrea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 4/19/2011

    " Important book for sparking my interest in politics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 12/22/2010

    " Waste of time. Nothing new here. Shallow and vapid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Herb | 10/22/2010

    " This was a great read. The story of Andrea Mitchell's journalistic life and career is wonderfully interesting, chock full of great stories. A must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/29/2009

    " Interested behind the scenes look into the lives of reporters & journalists and the people they cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 9/25/2008

    " Decent book with some interesting insight into Andrea Mitchell's life... but nothing earth-shattering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emiliano | 8/27/2008

    " Mitchell gives you a history lesson based on her various reporting and travels through the world. Her insight in the book is as good as her "breaking news" or perspective on current political issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 4/18/2008

    " Insight into happenings in the years past. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Misty | 3/15/2008

    " I didn't really finish the book. I got a little bored. But it was interesting and informative of politics before my time. I think once I hit the Clinton era (about when I started to pay attention to politics seriously) I got bored "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/12/2007

    " I have always liked Mitchell's reporting style as the Chief Foreign Correspondent on NBC News, so I enjoyed reading about her perspective on some of the big (and not so big) stories she's done. Also, she's married to Alan Greenspan for god's sake, so there must be an interesting story there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 10/4/2007

    " Andrea Mitchell gives a very non-biased view of the historical events she covered in her career. It was really interesting and gave a very human perspective on critical events in history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 7/25/2007

    " Andrea Mitchell has led an exceptional career. Unfortunately, she adds a lot of her personal life & quite frankly, I don't care about that. So, I'd say 75% is excellent, 25% was fluff. "

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