Andrea Mitchell, in her reporting background, has grabbed a great command of the language, and uses it in this book to tell a humorous, real, relate-able story of her life as a female fighting her way into the male-dominated media, her experiences in a demanding, perfectionistic family, and her worries, anxieties, and thoughts underlying such events. She does not shy away from details, and her self-deprecating style makes her words even more truthfully relate-able for readers. She is honest about the "Presidents, Dictators, and other scoundrels" and doesn't hold back judgments, perceptions, etc. But yet by self-deprecating it doesn't reflect that she is downplaying or criticizing others, just that she is being open and honest about her experiences to the greatest detail possible. I have always wanted to be a reporter, but even for those who did not naturally gravitate toward such an occupation, she makes the situtation real, both appealing with its travel perks, but also honestly forthright about the hours, career hazards, and daily front-line dangers, as well as on- and off- camera faux-paus. Normally I look for escapist fiction, ie. Danielle Steele, but Andrea Mitchell's autobiography gives me all the same intrigue and yet brings the realities of an especially formerly male and power-dominated society to her readers and makes the pages fly by. A new favorite- five stars and two thumbs up.
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