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Interviewing is his gift, yet journalism is his passion
on 7 June 2014
Having recently read Piers Morgan's Misadventures of a Big Mouth Brit, this diary was refreshing in that it reads better without the endless banter, blarney and endless self promotion. I know some enjoy the gossip and name dropping but I prefer this more subdued and reflective style.
I was expecting something of a diatribe about his war on the American Gun culture.Instead, Piers Morgan makes a few well made points that peaked my interest into thinking about a nation that sees safety in it's ability to defend itself with weapons. Statistics bely this belief, yet intelligent arguments are made either way, by himself and his interviewed protagonists.
I have read a few, if not all of the Piers Morgan diaries so far and without exception, found them entertaining and full of impressive achievements due to relentless passion and humour for life. He reveals more of himself in this book, regards his children's sporting success, his Mom's maternal exchanges with Gordon Brown and highlighting his son's hero worship of Oscar Pistorius (before the fateful Valentine tragedy)
I found it endearing to read, yet hardly surprising, that he struggled to be separated from his boys, that he found the endless flights and sleepless nights tough to deal with. He makes his feelings clear regards the Levison Inquiry and gets an apology from the Labour MP that accused him of boasting about phone hacking.
One thing Piers Morgan isn't, is boring. His writing is conversational and this helps when he reminds us of interviews he did with world leaders and made complex issues simple and easy to digest. He is family man and strongly believes in loyalty between friends,especially when they are in trouble. This is evident in this book, while at the same time he let's us understand the pressures and complexities of working in high profile media positions.
Personal anecdotes about colleagues and celebrities are handled diplomatically and entertainingly and at the same time enrich the tapestry of how complex and how pressurised his job at CNN really is. I found it endearing how Piers Morgan revered Larry King and that he mentions a few mistakes with some credible humility.
I have always found Piers Morgan to be a likeable and entertaining man with an uncanny understanding for seeing the 'big picture,' who despite a few feuds, stands his ground and forgives fairly easily. Interviewing is his gift, yet journalism is his passion so one can forgive him for wanting to land his perfect position to share his voice as an anchor on the mighty CNN stage.
He is a local lad made good. Good for him, especially since his sacrifices reaped rewards.I enjoyed this book and recommend it as a light and entertaining read.