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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sydney Lewis, Studs Terkel Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Studs Terkel’s memoir Touch and Go was chosen as a best book of the year in 2007 by the Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and Playboy.

Terkel takes us through his childhood and into his early experiences—as a law student during the Depression, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself on both radio and the stage—offering a brilliant and often hilarious portrait of Chicago in the 1920s and ’30s. He tells of his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II and as an interviewer and oral historian—a craft he would come to perfect and indeed personify. Finally, he discusses his involvement with progressive politics, leading inevitably to his travails during the McCarthy period when he was blacklisted and thrown out of work despite having become by then one of the country’s most popular TV hosts.

Fans of Studs Terkel will find much to discover in these remarkable reminiscences. Others will be captivated to learn of the unique and eclectic life of one of America’s greatest living legends.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An engrossing stream-of-consciousness meditation on the 20th century.”

    New York Times

  • “As dry and clear and crisp as a good martini. And meant to be savored.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A fitting portrait of a legendary talent…Americans might get to know their collective past a lot better if all history lessons were as absorbing and entertaining as this one.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Emotionally charged (but never sentimental), politically charged (but never formulaic) and energy-charged…Terkel is a self-aware and self-effacing presence who happily knows he has been at the center of many things.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barrie Collins | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed reading Studs on himself and his many subjects and acquaintances, great raconteur, I love his recorded interviews. Speak Truth to Power - one of his favourite sayings, still relevant today. Read this book to get a feel for what has happened in the US over the last 100 years or so, Studs is in his 90's now. He went through the great depression and Maccarthyism, much else. The beginning chapter rambles a little but Studs soon gets into his stride, not great prose but readable history with personal passion. This man is a national treasure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Karen | 2/17/2014

    " I read about 30 pages of this book and just could not get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ron | 2/17/2014

    " This is a great conversationalist's book. Reading it is like talking with a friend over a beer or a glass of wine. Studs has been around a long time and seen a lot of changes. He is a lover of humanity and it comes through in everything he talks about. This is a book that will guide the reader to other authors and thinkers - and not necessarily the one's that agree with you - or with Terkel. He helps the reader to appreciate what has come before us and to look foreward to what's coming next. He encourages us to be a part of whatever is happening - always with the love of others in our hearts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Casey Logan | 1/23/2014

    " i wish i liked this more than i did. "

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