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BOOK REVIEW: Oprah  

Posted by Scott Wilson

Title: Oprah


Author: Kitty Kelley

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

RRP: $24.99

ISBN: 9781742376035

Release Date: April 2011

Pages: 600



Description:



The first complete portrait of one of the most influential, powerful, and admired public figures of our time - the international talk show queen revealed as never before.

Description

For the past twenty-five years, no one has been better at revealing secrets than Oprah Winfrey. On what is arguably the most influential show in television history, her guests-often the biggest celebrities in the world - have bared their love lives, explored their painful pasts, admitted their transgressions, revealed their pleasures and explored their demons. In turn, Oprah has allowed her audience to share in her own life story, opening up about her sexual abuse and discussing her romantic relationships, weight problems, spiritual beliefs, charitable donations, and her strongly held views on the state of the world.

After a quarter of a century of the Oprah-isation of America, can there be any more secrets left to reveal? The answer is yes.

Kitty Kelly gives us an unvarnished look at the stories Oprah has told and the life she's lead. Kelley has talked to Oprah's closest family members and business associates. She has obtained court records, birth certificates, financial and tax records, and even copies of Oprah's legendary confidentiality agreements. She has probed every aspect of Oprah Winfrey's life, and it is as if she has written the most extraordinary segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show ever filmed - one in which Oprah herself is fully revealed.

Even greatness needs to be examined and put under a microscope. Kitty Kelly shows both sides of Oprah as they have never been shown before. In doing so she has written a psychologically perceptive and meticulously researched book that will surprise and thrill everyone who reads it.

About Kitty Kelley

Kitty Kelley is the bestselling author of biographies about Jacqueline Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family and the Bush family. Among the awards that Kitty Kelley has been honored with by her professional peers are the Outstanding Author Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for her 'courageous writing on popular culture', the Philip M. Stern Award for her 'outstanding service to writers and the writing profession', the Medal of Merit from the Lotos Club in New York City, and the 2005 PEN Oakland Literary Censorship Award. She has also been selected as a member of Vanity Fair magazine's Hall of Fame. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.



Review:



Great book! Well-written, fair and not nearly as nasty as I would have thought. This book details the huge amount of donations that Oprah generously gives out every year. It is apparent that she really has let the fame and money go to her head...It is sad to see someone turn into a brand when they were so great just as themselves. I admire much of what Oprah has done, but question many of her tactics. She is a great American and a great woman.



If you are an Oprah fan, then this book will interest you and give you a good insight into some aspects about this celebrity that you may not already know.

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