Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins : A Rebel Life

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She was a groomed for a gilded life in moneyed Houston, but Molly Ivins left the country club behind to become one of the most provocative, courageous, and influential journalists in American history. Presidents and senators called her for advice; her column ran in 400 newspapers; her books, starting with Molly Ivins Cant Say That, Can She?, were bestsellers. But despite her fame, few people really knew her: what her background was, who influenced her, how her political views developed, or how many painful struggles she fought. Molly Ivins is a comprehensive, definitive narrative biography, based on intimate knowledge of Molly, interviews with her family, friends, and colleagues, and access to a treasure trove of her personal papers. Written in a rollicking style, it is at once the saga of a powerful, pugnacious woman muscling her way to the top in a world dominated by men; a fascinating look behind the scenes of national media and politics; and a sobering account of the toll of addiction and cancer. Molly Ivins adds layers of depth and complexity to the story of an American legenda woman who inspired people both to laughter and action.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 703.06g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586487175
  • 9781586487171

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Dallas Morning News "Entertaining, readable.... Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life is a sobering account of the toll of addiction and cancer, but it's also full of wonderful stories about a complex, brilliant woman who will be remembered for her trademark wit and down-home wisdom Minneapolis Star-Tribune "An inside look at the world of journalism while describing in moving detail Ivins' struggle with cancer." San Antonio News-Express "For those who miss the wit and whip of Molly Ivins, the new biography of her life will make you laugh, cry, shudder and think." Cleveland Plain Dealer "This biography will be enjoyed.... It will help a new crop of readers discover an American original." Austin American-Statesman "Poignant... personal, empathetic." Megan Garber, Columbia Journalism Review "Meticulous.... A Rebel Life could easily have reduced Ivins's life to a kind of ongoing dialectic: public persona versus private person, expectations versus here's where you can put your expectations. It could have also devolved into a simple study of the journalist's body of work. But thankfully, the authors resist reductive aesthetics in favor of something both more challenging and more rewarding: empathy. They provide a portrait of their subject that is loving in the most literal sense. They treat her simply as a person, with the attendant freight of ego and insecurity, strength and frailty... the biography is like its subject: unrelentingly honest, unapologetically filtered." Douglas Brinkley "God I miss Molly Ivins! The Texas kicker spoke truth to power like nobody's business. Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith have elegantly bottled up her enduring charm in this winner of a book. A real page-turning hoot."Sir Harold Evans "I was lucky enough to be the publisher of Molly Ivins' iconoclastic, outrageously funny, laceratingly pointed political and social commentaries that made most male contemporaries--hello sweet pea--seem like shrinking violets, and I never knew the half of what made her tick so gloriously. The deeply researched biography by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith, written with affection but unflinching candor, reveals a brave, resilient woman with a personality bigger than Texas whom hundreds of thousands of her readers, like me, will wish they'd known better." Library Journal "Fans of Ivins's work and readers interested in feminist history, contemporary politics, and media studies will like this first full-length biography of Ivins." Newsweek "Filled with first-rate analysis, leavened by plenty of local color." Columbia Journalism Review "Meticulous.... A Rebel Life could easily have reduced Ivins's life to a kind of ongoing dialectic: public persona versus private person, expectations versus here's where you can put your expectations. It could have also devolved into a simple study of the journalist's body of work. But thankfully, the authors resist reductive aesthetics in favor of something both more challenging and more rewarding: empathy. They provide a portrait of their subject that is loving in the most literal sense. They treat her simply as a person, with the attendant freight of ego and insecurity, strength and frailty... the biography is like its subject: unrelentingly honest, unapologetically filtered" Lloyd Grove, New York Times Book Review "Minutaglio, the author of a well-received Bush biography, First Son, and Smith, who spent six years working for Ivins as a researcher and gofer, draw on voluminous private papers and interviews to produce a painfully intimate portrait . . . chockablock with colorful anecdotes and psychological insights" Douglas Brinkley "God I miss Molly Ivins! The Texas kicker spoke truth to power like nobody's business. Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith have elegantly bottled up her enduring charm in this winner of a book. A real page-turning hoot."Sir Harold Evans "I was lucky enough to be the publisher of Molly Ivins' iconoclastic, outrageously funny, laceratingly pointed political and social commentaries that made most male contemporaries--hello sweet pea--seem like shrinking violets, and I never knew the half of what made her tick so gloriously. The deeply researched biography by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith, written with affection but unflinching candor, reveals a brave, resilient woman with a personality bigger than Texas whom hundreds of thousands of her readers, like me, will wish they'd known better." "Library Journal" "Fans of Ivins's work and readers interested in feminist history, contemporary politics, and media studies will like this first full-length biography of Ivins." "Newsweek" "Filled with first-rate analysis, leavened by plenty of local color." "Dallas Morning News" "Entertaining, readable.... "Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life" is a sobering account of the toll of addiction and cancer, but it's also full of wonderful stories about a complex, brilliant woman who will be remembered for her trademark wit and down-home wisdom "Minneapolis Star-Tribune" "An inside look at the world of journalism while describing in moving detail Ivins' struggle with cancer." "San Antonio News-Express" "For those who miss the wit and whip of Molly Ivins, the new biography of her life will make you laugh, cry, shudder and think." "Cleveland Plain Dealer" "This biography will be enjoyed.... It will help a new crop of readers discover an American original." "Austin American-Statesman" "Poignant... personal, empathetic." Megan Garber, "Columbia Journalism Review" "Meticulous....show more

About Bill Minutaglio

Bill Minutaglio is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas and author of several critically acclaimed books, including the first unauthorized biography of George W. Bush, First Son: George W. Bush & The Bush Family Dynasty.W. Michael Smith was a researcher for Molly Ivins for eight years. He also worked for Gail Sheehy and several other authors, including staffers at The New York Times.show more

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