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An unreserved and incisive account of the career and personal life of the "King of Late Night" at the height of his fame and influence is shared from the perspective of his lawyer, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant.

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An unreserved and incisive account of the career and personal life of the "King of Late Night" at the height of his fame and influence is shared from the perspective of his lawyer, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant.

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 '70s and '80s 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 dishy. 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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Number of Pages: 294
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Author: Bushkin, Henry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: October, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780544217621
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0544217624
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4.0 stars 11/25/2013 by Auntb1fromTennessee
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I got this for my husband for Christmas. Needless to say he's already read it and said it was enjoyable. All these rich and important stars have so many problems usually from their childhood. It's such of a shame that all the money Johnny Carson had did not keep him from dying alone.

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very good read
10/24/2013

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

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Mr. Bushkin presents a full picture of Mr. Carson
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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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good interesting book.
12/25/2013

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I enjoyed reading this book. I never knew he was like he was. But ofcourse he couldn't show that side only in private.

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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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