Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"A Hard Act to Follow" by Henry Bushkin Book Review

Remember when I posted this giveaway and top 10 list?  This giveaway is over, but you can still buy the book.  I finally got the book finished, and I am so sorry it took me so long!

A Hard Act to FollowA Hard Act to Follow by Henry Bushkin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me begin by saying something--this book is long, but well worth the read if you are a fan of old TV and even classic movies.  I only knew a little bit about Johnny Carson when I started this book.  I remember growing up, and his "Tonight Show" was on.  I was too young, and it was on too late.  Therefore, I never watched it.  My mother felt it was inappropriate for me, and I did not quesiton it.

As I read through the book, I can completely appreciate why I did not watch the show growing up.  The book is full of profanity--you have been warned.  Johnny Carson did not mince words, and he had some favorites he used over and over.  You will find they appear prominently in the book.

I was unaware of Henry Bushkin, Carson's attorney for a good share of the comedian's career.  Let me say that this lawyer has an amazing memory (and I'm sure he took good notes).  I was impressed with the attention to detail, and I honestly never found myself bored.  There are definitely some funny stories, but there are the heart-wrenching ones as well.  I shared a lot of the book with my mom--she was a big Carson fan back in the day.

This biography is a massive undertaking, but I felt it was worth it.  This is not a book you can read in a day and maybe not even in a week!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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1 comment:

  1. I used to watch the Tonight Show as a teenager. Crazy thing is the book is full of language but the show was not. Probably what surprised me most about the book because I was not used to the colorful language ;)


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