Larry King’s trademark suspenders and unmistakable voice are known around the world to millions of viewers who’ve made him a permanent fixture in their living rooms every night. Celebrated as “the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever” by TV Guide and “master of the mike” by Time magazine, for a half-century he has been host to the world’s most influential figures. Now, after more than 40,000 interviews, it’s time for Larry King to share his own remarkable and riveting story, from his humble roots in Depression-era Brooklyn to the heights of celebrity as host of CNN’s Larry King Live , with this definitive autobiography, My Remarkable Journey .
Before Larry King befriended presidents and iconic entertainers, he was Larry Zeiger, the son of Jewish immigrants, whose nickname was Zeek the Creek the Mouthpiece because he never stopped talking. After the painful loss of his father when Larry was nine years old, the Zeigers were forced to go on Relief and the government purchased Larry’s first pair of glasses. Determined to fulfill his dream of working in radio, Larry left home as a young man and moved to Miami where, through sheer persistence and luck, and with a little help from Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason, the unparalleled career of “Larry King” began.
In My Remarkable Journey , Larry delves deeply into his extraordinary professional and personal odyssey. As host of CNN’s Larry King Live, the first worldwide phone-in TV talk show, as well as with his own all-night Mutual radio show, he has shaped the course of broadcast history by interviewing every U.S. president since Richard Nixon (and their wives); an abundance of world leaders from Vladimir Putin to Nelson Mandela; controversial figures such as O.J. Simpson, Monica Lewinsky, and Tammy Faye Bakker, and countless sports stars, entertainers, and eyewitnesses to historical moments.
King’s off-camera life was often filled with very remarkable events as well. Married eight times to seven women, Larry didn’t actually meet the son who’d been named after him until Larry King, Jr. was thirty-three years old. He once got into a traffic accident with John F. Kennedy and into trouble when Richard Nixon asked if he could do Larry a favor. He has been fired, incarcerated, struggled with a three-pack-a-day smoking habit, been down to his last $2 when he won an $8,000 trifecta at the racetrack, had a heart attack and quintuple bypass surgery, and founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation with Larry King, Jr. A father, a grandfather, and a great-grandfather, Larry has been through it all; most recently he was ejected from a Little League game for arguing with the umpire. At 75, he wakes up every morning with the same enthusiasm he had as a kid who announced cars passing on the streets of Brooklyn.
Surprising and candid, moving and entertaining, My Remarkable Journey will be devoured by Larry King’s millions of fans worldwide.
For the last half-century, Larry King has given an amazing array of people the chance to tell their stories and made them accessible to millions of people. Now he tackles perhaps his most interesting subject yet: his own story. Chronicling a lifetime of memorable moments, My Remarkable Journey presents his compelling personal and public odyssey, one that easily lives up to its title. Like all of Larry’s work, it’s insightful and engaging, a reflection of his unique combination of a big heart, a fine mind, and an unquenchable desire to understand everything and everybody.”
Larry King is the master at getting people to open up and tell their story, and finally he has done it himself. This is a life I couldn’t put down.”
Inimitable humor and grace...King has produced a cultural history as much as a personal testimony.”
Compulsively engaging...King discourses entertainingly on his antic life and storied career, vividly evoking his Brooklyn boyhood and adventures in broadcasting in that familiar, avuncular voice, which is practically audible on the page....It's an enjoyable ride through an archetypal American life--the Jewish boy made good, a regular neighborhood guy who rises to the top through sheer gumption and force of personality.”