Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson

Large Print - 2014
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From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. The country's highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic, he was as mercurial off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. Now Carson's longtime lawyer and best friend, Henry Bushkin, shows us Johnny with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could, revealing not only how Johnny Carson truly was, but why
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410465238
1410465233
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT 791.4502 Bushkin 2014
Characteristics: 457 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
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DollyWannaCracker
Nov 21, 2015

A decent book, although it was rather boring at times, despite it being about one of the most revered comedians ever. The insight about Ruth Carson, Johnny's mother, was very fascinating, not to mention heart shattering. If you are interested in Johnny Carson, I do recommend you read the book.

EdgeofHeaven Mar 08, 2015

A depressing portrait of a superb entertainer who drank too much and spent his life alone. Not much is said about the Tonight Show since most of the book details divorce settlements or signing the “big deal” with NBC on May 2, 1980. However there is a good account of Johnny’s decision to move his live show in Las Vegas from the Sahara to Caesars Palace. Joan Rivers, a frequent guest host, shines a bright light in chapter thirteen.

I'm enjoying this book so far whereas I was initially reluctant in choosing the book because of the author.

A good read and insightful.

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mswrite
Apr 26, 2014

An insightful remembrance of the iconic Johnny Carson by the man Carson once described as his best friend. That friendship ended in bitterness and betrayal, as did so many of Carson's relationships. This book, perhaps better than any ever written about the troubled, enigmatic "King of Late Night," explains why. A good read.

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tedrich2921
Mar 16, 2014

If you are interested in learning about Johnny Carson, the person, this is the book for you. It was written by Carson's lawyer and confidante. Carson is a complex person; we all know that. However, you really get a sense for who he was from this book. Buskin is a surprisingly good writer and the book moves along quickly. It's true that Bushkin may be a bit too impressed with himself, but he does paint a very credible picture. This is a must-read for Carson fans.

jennyfender Jan 28, 2014

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. A very candid memoir by a close personal friend and business partner.

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lunatucker
Nov 06, 2013

such a sad book about a man who had everything-but was so bitter and unhappy that he ultimately really had nothing and died alone at the end.

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