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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (129 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas M. DeFrank Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781429592604
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The New York Times bestseller—and the candid voice of an American president

In 1974, Newsweek correspondent Thomas M. DeFrank was interviewing Gerald Ford when the vice president blurted out something astonishingly indiscreet. He then extracted a promise not to publish it. “Write it when I’m dead,” Ford said—and thus began a thirty-two-year relationship. During the last fifteen years of their conversations, Ford opened up to DeFrank, speaking in a way few presidents ever have. Here the award-winning journalist reveals these private talks, as Ford discusses his experiences with his fellow presidents, the Warren Commission, and his exchanges with Bill Clinton during the latter?s impeachment process. In addition, he shares his thoughts about both Bush administrations, the Iraq war, his beloved wife Betty, and the frustrations of aging. Write It When I’m Gone is not only a historical document but an unprecedented portrait of a president.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bgordonsgirl | 12/7/2013

    " This is one of the best political books ever. It reflects the man Gerald Ford was---honset, open, unpretentious. Or as honest as a politician ever is. I think he may be one of our greatest presidents, simply because he did not aspire to the office but came to it purely by twists of fate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent | 10/15/2013

    " Bought it for a dollar at a Boston bookstore. Interesting read with lots of illuminating facts about Ford's presidency, although the remark referred to by the book's title is hardly earth-shattering. Still, for a dollar, I'd certainly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 9/23/2013

    " I did not know a lot about Ford but found myself not wanting him to grow old and die while I was getting to know him through the writer's eye. Ford become a real person to me. Also, reinforced my opinion of the press and how they report the news, events and people to the general public. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 6/7/2013

    " ehhh...I found this book to be poorly written. Although I know very little about Gerald Ford, thus I did learn some interesting items about him. But, overall, I wasn't impressed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 4/25/2013

    " I think journalist Defrank was very respectful of Ford as President and as a good human being and the book added to my respect of him. It was interesting background noise while I did other things. If I missed anything, the author was sure to repeat it a few minutes later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corey | 4/11/2013

    " Funny story about how this book came about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 7/30/2012

    " I found it to be quite interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 6/4/2012

    " I read this book in 2 days as I couldn't put it down. I was too young during the Ford administration to even care what was happening. I became interested in President Ford during his funeral. I found the book interesting in his reactions and with current people still in the spotlight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/10/2011

    " Interesting read - I was only 3 when Ford took office and have no memory of his campaigns. Author does a good job making a president human. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy Oliver | 4/17/2011

    " I knew very little about Gerald Ford or his presidency but this book offered a real and intimate look at the man, the legacy and his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 2/14/2011

    " If you are looking for an insightful book on a President's true thoughts aside from the stuff a former president has to say in the press, then this is a good book to read. It made me respect former Pres. Ford a lot more after reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 7/24/2010

    " Ford was more than comic fodder for Chevy Chase, he was a truly decent man and the only U.S. President never elected to office "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Dean | 6/11/2010

    " Was able to pick this book up at the dollar store of all places. Very interesting read, enjoyed learning about Ford's post-Presidential activities and how he created a vast fortune. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/9/2010

    " Informative, well-reported and -- especially at the end -- sentimental. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik | 5/2/2010

    " This book does not provide any significant insight into Ford's years in the White House. It instead focuses on interviews DeFrank conducted well after Ford had left DC. This is hardly a political book, but rather a biography that skips the most interesting portions of Ford's life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessie | 1/22/2010

    " I would have a hard time recommending this to anyone, but i loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 6/21/2009

    " Off-the-record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford. Fairly interesing asides. Gossipy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/25/2009

    " Great book concept, very interesting, but wildley repetitive. It certanitly leaves the reader with a great snapshot of Ford. "

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About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.