An Improbable Life: The Autobiography
Sir Trevor McDonald is an extraordinary man - and he has led an improbable life. Now in his 80th year, he is known and loved by people the world over for his humility, charm and natural ease. As a natural storyteller and communicator, he has few equals.
In An Improbable Life, Sir Trevor recounts his personal experience of world events and interviews with globally famous -...more
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He is a skilled news reader and interviewer who like the best of them is able to draw in both his interviewees as well as his audience.
I approached the book rather jadedly as I see him as representative of the mainstream media, with which I am fairly disgusted at present. However, all his views and opinions always seem to be tempered with a gentle awareness of alternative views.
In fact it is heartening ...more
I would have liked to have found out a little bit more about his life and the man himself, his family etc as this would make this book more like an autobiography rather than an historical recount.
This was a fascinating book that offered a great insight into multiple themes from cricket to politics. I enjoyed read ...more
It was also good to see how he addresses the issue of racism and racial inequality in the media and in general - his discussions of empire and the reverence felt by West Indians for the 'mother country' really brought to light how England has treated ...more
Really enjoyed the descriptions of him interviewing famous people and how they came about. Also how life has changed in the years
A must read for people
I enjoyed listening to the boom, it gave me points to look up and events to find out more about. His accounts o ...more
Accounts from Trevor's career eats up about 90% of the book, as well as snapshots into his childhood, growing up in Trinidad.
An Improbable Life is filled with journalistic tales from various locations and high profile world events, meeting all sorts of high profile world leaders - and it's interesting to hear him reflect on these in his own words, sharing his own opinions.
I enjoyed reading his reflections on the interviews he was able to have with famous leaders and the action behind the news.
I found his reading of this enlightening and very informative. He really has lived a very full life.
That said, the man is clearly a living legend and has had the most amazing experiences, meeting a host of highly influential people.
The section where he discusses his interview with Saddam Hussein is unbelievably fascinating and I was totally hooked during this part. Definitely worth a read but you need an interest in him alrea ...more