I Should Be Dead

I Should Be Dead

My Life Surviving Politics, TV, and Addiction

Book - 2015
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"From popular TV personality Bob Beckel, a deeply moving memoir written with his trademark candor and humor about his life as a political operative and diplomat, his long struggle with alcohol and drugs, and his unlikely journey to finding faith and redemption. Growing up poor in Lyme, Connecticut, with an abusive father, Bob Beckel learned to be a survivor: to avoid conflict, mask his feelings, and lie--all skills that would later serve him well in Washington, D.C., and on the campaign trail. In 1977 he became the youngest-ever Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and went on to manage Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign, before launching a second career as a TV host and commentator. But Beckel was living a double life: Washington success story by day, self-destructing alcoholic by night. On January 20, 2001--George W. Bush's first Inauguration Day--he hit rock bottom, waking up in a hospital psych ward after a ferocious bender. Written with the frankness, warmth, and take-no-prisoners honesty that has earned him legions of fans on television, Beckel chronicles how his addictions nearly killed him before a series of friends and unexpected allies helped him find his way to faith, sobriety, and a life of peace and purpose"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316347754
Branch Call Number: 921 Becke
Characteristics: x, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mann, John David


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Vincent T Lombardo Jan 17, 2016

A blunt and brutally honest memoir about Beckel's lifelong struggles with addiction and his stints as a political consultant, government official, and TV personality. The book is too long and repetitive, and I sometimes wondered about the accuracy of Beckel's recollections given all of his substance abuse. But, overall, I found this book informative and riveting.


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