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Portraits of Success (e-book)

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By Burt Prelutsky


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We all learn from our own experiences, but this book offers the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others, and not just any people, but a select group who have preserved and succeeded in a variety of fields. Meet writers, actors, athletes, politicians, entrepreneurs, developers, directors, musicians - even an animal therapist. Some have won Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys; some even a Pulitzer or a Cy Young.

What they share in common is that they successfully pursued their dreams. Isn't that what we all want to do? Even if you think you already know about some of the people profiled, accomplished author, screenwriter and humorist Burt Prelutsky's interviews provide whole new insights. He gets them to reveal not just obstacles they overcame to success, but also their favorite books, films and the influential people in their lives. He gets them to reveal what they would change most about America and about themselves, as well as the role religion plays in their lives and how much money matters to them.

"And whatever you think you know about them," Prelutsky says, "I'm willing to wager you don't know the eight people, living or dead, that they would invite to a dinner party."

People interviewed in the book: 

  • Michele Bachmann
  • Michael Barone
  • Orson Bean
  • Alan & Marilyn Bergman
  • Tony Blankley
  • John Bolton
  • Pat Boone
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Andrew Breitbart
  • Simon Brett
  • Morgan Brittany
  • Allan Burns
  • Rick Caruso
  • Charles Champlin
  • Ray Charles
  • Norman Corwin
  • Warren Eckstein
  • Joseph Farah
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Caroline Glick
  • Daniel Griswold
  • Bob Hamer
  • Dean Hargrove
  • Bruce Herschensohn
  • John Hillerich IV
  • Lew Hunter
  • Henry Jaglom
  • Kevin James
  • George Kennedy
  • Ronald Kessler
  • Charles Krauthammer
  • Sheila Kuehl
  • Daniel Lapin
  • Milt Larsen
  • Norman Lloyd
  • Karl Malden
  • Wink Martindale
  • Rick Perry
  • Ralph Peters
  • Jesse Lee Peterson
  • Ross Porter
  • Tommy Rall
  • Carl Reiner
  • Lee Rodgers
  • Paul Ryan
  • Pat Sajak
  • Evan Sayet
  • Curt Schilling
  • Kathryn Leigh Scott
  • Gary Sinise
  • Harry Stein
  • David Steinberg
  • John Stossel
  • Lloyd Thaxton
  • Steve Tisch
  • Joseph Wambaugh
  • Danny Welkes
  • Walter Williams
  • James Woods
  • John Zogby

Customer Reviews

"In Portraits of Success author Burt Prelutsky uses his inimitable finely-tuned talents to reveal surprising facts about what makes 60 people more successful than others. They are from all walks of life, such as authors, professors, writers, athletes, ministers, governors, land developers, theater managers, etc. Each entry is a couple of pages and is arranged alphabetically." - H.A. Kaplan, Philadelphia, Pa.

"One of the nice things about this book is that you CAN put it down. Because each of its chapters stands alone, you can read a little or a lot at a time. The best book on interviews in years.  if it kept my interest for the three years I worked on it, don't you figure it would hold your interest for the few hours it will take you to read it?" - Burt Prelutsky, Los Angeles, Calif.

"As I read the book, I'd come to an unfamiliar name and start to skip ahead, then pause to read a line or two and get hooked. These people have led interesting lives and for the most part, give interesting interviews. In fact, I read it cover to cover, except I skipped the author's bio on the book jacket. It's a fun read." -Ì´å James Bass

About the Author

Burt Prelutsky has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles Magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for "Dragnet," "McMillan & Wife," "MASH," "Mary Tyler Moore," "Rhoda," "Bob Newhart," "Family Ties," "Dr. Quinn," and "Diagnosis Murder," as well as various TV movies. Prelutsky's books include "Conservatives Are From Mars, Liberals Are From San Francisco," "Liberals: America's Termites" and "Portraits of Success: Candid Conversations With 60 Overachievers." He lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife Yvonne and a dog named Duke.

Product Details

  • e-book: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English