Review: Truth Be Told
Larry King started in radio in Miami, Florida and, after he became well known there, moved on to the national radio market, eventually landing a television gig on CNN where he hosted an hour long talk show for 25 years. The show was well known and King claims “the backdrop to my show is one of the most recognizable images in the world.” During his tenure on CNN, King interviewed every newsworthy person imaginable.
I thought Truth Be Told, by Larry King, would be a fun book to read since it’s subtitled Off the Record about Favorite Guests, Memorable Moments, Funniest Jokes, and a Half Century of Asking Questions, and it was when it stayed on those topics. When he strayed into his personal life and politics, my interest waned. The book is written in a conversational manner, so it’s an easy read, but it was just okay for me.
I really enjoyed the anecdotes and personal stories about many of King’s guest but didn’t particularly enjoy reading his political views – not only do they date the book, but they were disrespectful of those who disagree with him. I was also surprised to read that King hopes to become a stand-up comic. I don’t find him to be particularly funny, but he thinks he is. The bits about his guests were the best parts of the book – unfortunately there weren’t enough of them for me.
Even though it’s a quick read, I would only recommend Truth Be Told to die hard Larry King fans.