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David Susskind: A Televised Life

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A rich biography of one of the most important cultural figures of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s—maverick television producer and talk show host David Susskind

A flamboyant impresario who began his career as an agent, David Susskind helped define a fledgling television industry. He was a provocateur who fought to bring high-toned literary works to TV. His series East Side/West
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by St. Martin's Press
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Aug 09, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a wee baby boomer growing up in the '60s, it seemed to me that David Susskind's talk show "Open End"--which had first aired on 10/14/58--was on in our living room every Sunday night. It fascinated me with its seriousness and ofttimes bizarre guests even as a child, and I came to appreciate the show even more as the '70s progressed. Called "The David Susskind Show" starting in 1966, the program was a reassuring, continuing presence for me until it ended its run in 9/86; perhaps the longest run ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Leigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this bio as am old enuf to remember the earliest days of TV when Susskind was a pioneer producer. I best remember his talk show Open Mind (AKA "Open Mouth") where he assembled panels of ppl to discuss "controversial" topics of the 60s and 70s such as homosexuality. Mr Susskind is the person who taught me through a panel of lesbians that gay ppl are just people, like any other group. I am embarrassed to say that this was quite a revelation at the time. I will always be grateful to him for ...more
Joy H.
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