This Time, This Place

My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood
Author(s): Jack Valenti
Original Publish Date: Jun 05, 2007
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (17.52 hours)
Product Number: Z100011768
Released: Jun 05, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415936870
Narrator/s: Arthur Morey
Publisher: Books on Tape
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With the nation at war in the 1940s, twenty-two-year-old Jack Valenti flew fifty-one combat missions as the pilot of a B-25 attack bomber with the 12th Air Force based in Italy. In the 1960s, with the nation reeling from the assassination of a beloved president and becoming embroiled in a far different kind of war in Vietnam, he was in that fateful Dallas motorcade in 1963, and for three years worked in the inner circle of the White House as special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. Then, for the next thirty-eight years, with American society and popular culture undergoing a revolutionary transformation, Valenti was the public face of Hollywood in his capacity as head of the Motion Picture Association of America. Been there, done that, indeed. Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Valenti has led several lives, any one of which could have provided ample material for an unforgettable memoir. As it is, THIS TIME, THIS PLACE is the gripping story of a man who saw the terrible face of war while fighting with skill and bravery for his country; who was in the room as political decisions were made that would benefit or devastate countless lives in this country and on the other side of the world; and who championed the interest of the vast and globally influential movie industry with tenacity and vision.

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Author(s): Jack Valenti
Product Number EB00152246
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: #9780307393487

Professional reviews

"Valenti's story is quintessentially American. Born into a poor immigrant family, he scraped earnings together to pay for night college and flew B-52s in WWII. His determination and intelligence earned him success in two fields: national politics and moviemaking. Arthur Morey's smooth narration allows Valenti's vivid storytelling to shine. With precise yet graceful articulation, Morey portrays Valenti's inside stories of President Lyndon Johnson and various Hollywood stars. Valenti was present when LBJ was sworn into office at the side of Mrs. Kennedy on Air Force One, and his account is memorable. Morey provides a straight reading of most of the book, yielding in places to subtle impersonations of some iconic voices, ranging from JFK to Marlon Brando. N.M.C. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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