Touch and Go

Touch and Go

A Memoir

Book - 2007
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The author recounts his hard-working early childhood in Chicago, his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II, his success as an interviewer and oral historian, and his struggles after being blacklisted.

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Over a half century, Chicago-born Terkel became famous for interviewing Americans from a politically progressive perspective. Here, at 95 years old, he tells his own story, which includes law school, the Air Force, being an actor on stage and radio, being blackballed and banned from television during the McCarthy era, and engagement in national politics. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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At nearly 95, Studs Terkel has written about everyone's life, it seems, but his own. Here he offers a memoir which--embodying the spirit of the man himself--is youthful and vivacious. Terkel begins by taking us back to his childhood, describing the hectic life of a family trying to earn a living in Chicago. He then goes on to his experiences--as a poll watcher charged with stealing votes for the Democratic machine, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself in both radio and on the stage--giving us a portrait of the Chicago of the 1920s and 1930s. 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. Finally, he discusses his involvement with progressive politics, leading to his travails during the McCarthy period when he was blacklisted.--From publisher description.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian author of The Good War recounts his hard-working early childhood in Chicago, his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II, his struggles after being blacklisted in spite of his television successes, and more. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : New Press, 2007
ISBN: 9781595580436
Characteristics: 269 p.


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Nov 24, 2017

I love Studs Turkel and his ability to make anyone sound interesting. Sadly, the only exception was when he writes about himself. I couldn't finish this book and wouldn't recommend it.

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