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Hardcover, Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013, ISBN13 9780544217621, ISBN10 0544217624

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A revealing and incisive account of the King of Late Night at the height of his fame and power, by his lawyer, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted "The Tonight Show" and permeated the American consciousness. In the '70's and '80's he was the country's highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage.

During the apex of his reign, Carson's longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could. From the moment in 1970 when Carson hired Bushkin (who was just twenty-seven) until the moment eighteen years later when they parted ways, the author witnessed and often took part in a string of escapades that still retain their power to surprise and fascinate us.

One of Bushkin's first assignments was helping Carson break into a posh Manhattan apartment to gather evidence of his wife's infidelity. More than once, Bushkin helped his client avoid entanglements with the mob. Of course, Carson's adventures weren't all so sordid. He hosted Ronald Reagan's inaugural concert as a favor to the new president, and he prevented a drunken Dean Martin from appearing onstage that evening. Carson socialized with Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, and dozens of other boldface names who populate this atmospheric and propulsive chronicle of the King of Late Night and his world.

But this memoir isn't just dish. It is a tautly rendered and remarkably nuanced portrait of Carson, revealing not only how he truly was, but why. Bushkin explains why Carson, a voracious (and very talented) womanizer, felt he always had to be married; why he loathed small talk even as he excelled at it; why he couldn't visit his son in the hospital and wouldn't attend his mother's funeral; and much more.

Bushkin's account is by turns shocking, poignant, and uproarious -- written with a novelist's eye for detail, a screenwriter's ear for dialogue, and a knack for comic timing that Carson himself would relish. "Johnny Carson" unveils not only the hidden Carson, but also the raucous, star-studded world he ruled.

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publish Date: Oct 15, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780544217621
ISBN-10: 0544217624
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.16
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0
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very good read
10/24/2013

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5.0 stars by oldrebel13

This is a very good book to read about Johnny Carson.

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Interesting insight into a great comedian.
1/13/2014

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I loved Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show, no one can equal him.

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Mr. Bushkin presents a full picture of Mr. Carson
4/9/2014

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5.0 stars by slouchycowman

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin presents Johnny in all his brilliance and genius and inversely all his anger and pettiness. Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992. During the 1970s and 1980s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer in the world. He was notorious for running around with the ladies and blowing through three marriages. But even with all this he was charming and hilarious onstage and many times off-stage. This book is written by Henry Bushkin who was Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend. This book gives you an amazing intimate look at one of television's pioneers. I loved this book and I would definitely recommend it to others. Thank you for reading my review.

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