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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; Canadian First edition (Aug. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554887208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554887200
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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This is one of the most truthful biographies in recent years. Without diminishing the stellar reputation of one of Canada's best broadcaster ever, the book shows how the dark, tortured inner self helped to make Gzowski the superb communicator that he was.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 27 2010
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Few biographies go to such lengths as Fleming's study of the late Peter Gzowski does in recording the good and bad in the main characters' lives in an attempt to understand their personality. The obvious risk in offering such a complete view is that the writer might be accused of destroying personal reputations without justifiable cause; the reward, however, might be to provide some much needed insight as to how unique individuals are able to overcome significant shortcomings to realize lasting distinction. The much fabled and checkered life of Peter Gzowski, Canadian journalist and broadcaster, is one such example of how singular achievement can be honored by turning the spotlight on both exceptional ability and personal failings. To understand how Gzowski got to where he did as a framer of modern Canadian culture, the reader can't appreciate the impact of successes without considering the many failures. Here are some of my observations as to why this biography makes for an incredible read in respect to what it says about Gzowski the man and Gzowski the legend. Meld the two views, as it is effectively done in this book, and you come out with a well-rounded figure who has risen to the top in spite of his many tragic flaws. Fleming serves up a spicy dish of facts and personal recollections about how Gzowski entered the world of Canadian culture through an early interest in journalism and theatre. He certainly had the talent for the dramatic when it came to colorfully articulating his views on a wide range of national and regional issues. From his early days, there was every indication that Gzowski was willing to exaggerate his accomplishments in order to impress others as to his command of a situation.Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul on Oct. 26 2010
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Rae Fleming manages to write with clarity about Peter Gzowski, a titan of Canadian journalism and radio, and his archival research has been prodigious. He appears to have read every article (no matter how insignificant), watched every TV special (no matter how cringe-inducing), and listened to every radio program (almost all of which were flawless) that Gzowski was ever involved with. And he has unearthed something previously unknown about Gzowski's personal life: In the 1960s, married with children, Gzowski fathered a child with another woman.

But here is where the problems begin. Rather than integrate the story of Gzowski's illegitimate son into the general biographical narrative, Fleming sequesters it in a separate, final chapter. In doing so, of course, he created the journalistic splash he was aiming for. But he also manages to draw attention to how devoid of personal insight the rest of his book is.

Consider: In the larger sweep of Gzowski's life, the story of his secret child has little significance. Gzowski remained friends with the boy's mother and supported her, yet he rarely saw the child as a boy, and never visited his grandchild later. But in areas that dominated Gzowski's life, Fleming is virtually silent. Gzowski's first wife, Jennie Lissaman, is little more than a shadow in Fleming's book, her presence reduced to the woman who bore Gzowski's children and cooked his meals. There is little description of what Peter might have found attractive about her, what they might have found in common, how tensions arose in their relationship, why they divorced when they did. While Gzowski's illegitimate child gets an entire chapter, his five children from Jennie are barely mentioned. Some get no more description than a listing of their names and the year they were born.
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