Larry King Tells the Truth in New Book
Larry King hosted the Larry King Live show for over two and half decades. It was the first phone-in televised talk show to hit the airwaves and reigned as one of CNN’s top-rated shows for 25 years. Why after so many years at the top did Larry King suddenly decide it was time to turn off the phones and cameras and end the show?
In his book, Truth be Told (Weinstein Books, April 2012), King discusses events that led to his decision to leave his longtime top-rated talk show, his battle with prostate cancer and the ups and downs in his current marriage. He also gives readers a view of his latest career in standup comedy.
Along the way, he gives readers a glimpse of what it was like to interview some of the most controversial figures in recent history in medicine, politics, entertainment and technology. King also discusses talks shows of today and the tabloid news persona.
There are bits of drama as well as a lot of humor throughout the 216 pages. King writes of his father’s death when he was just nine years old. His family had to go on welfare, which during his childhood was called Relief. He writes of how he started in local radio and television when living in Miami, Fla.
King also spends a lot of time writing about his children and his current marriage and how is inability to say no to work has led to difficulties in his personal life. The book is filled with wonderful insights into how his career came about and how he made friends with so many of the people that he interviewed.
The book is broken into 13 chapters covering topics such as leaving his show, the musicians he has met and interviewed, the movie stars that came in and out of his life and career, politics, finding a replacement for his show, and the comedians and the comedy that has influenced his life now and over the past 50 years.Continued on the next page