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Starting with his Depression-era childhood in Chicago to his travails during the McCarthy period where he was blacklisted and thrown out of work, this book offers an intimate portrait of one of America's greatest living legends. Starting with his Depression-era childhood in Chicago to his travails during the McCarthy period where he was blacklisted and thrown out of work, this book offers an intimate portrait of one of America's greatest living legends.


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Starting with his Depression-era childhood in Chicago to his travails during the McCarthy period where he was blacklisted and thrown out of work, this book offers an intimate portrait of one of America's greatest living legends. Starting with his Depression-era childhood in Chicago to his travails during the McCarthy period where he was blacklisted and thrown out of work, this book offers an intimate portrait of one of America's greatest living legends.

30 review for Touch and Go: A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    Rambling, but charming, this is one of Terkel's autobiographical efforts. Written near the end of his life--he was 93--it ranges through the 20th and into the 21st century, celebrating not only the many, ordinary and extraordinary, who touched his life, but also the city of Chicago. I was brought up with Terkel, primarily through WFMT radio, his primary employer from 1952 on, "Chicago's Fine Arts Station". There he hosted a talk show, interviewing a wide range of persons and occasionally producin Rambling, but charming, this is one of Terkel's autobiographical efforts. Written near the end of his life--he was 93--it ranges through the 20th and into the 21st century, celebrating not only the many, ordinary and extraordinary, who touched his life, but also the city of Chicago. I was brought up with Terkel, primarily through WFMT radio, his primary employer from 1952 on, "Chicago's Fine Arts Station". There he hosted a talk show, interviewing a wide range of persons and occasionally producing, with Jim Unrath, an audio documentary. Dad was a big fan, collecting most of Studs' books at signing events, listening religiously to his programs. For me, Studs was a bridge between Dad's generation and mine, articulating what Dad didn't--or couldn't--about The War, The Depression, and, of course, the 50s. Although not the most coherent book, Terkel's generosity of spirit, optimism and open-mindedness make it a heartening read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jan C

    A romp through Studs Terkel's memories. Luckily he was able to lift them from previous books. My mother was a big fan of his. So I took a number of her books, including a number of Studs'. Years ago I read Hard Times and enjoyed it. My mother started with Division Street: America and moved on to Working. I was more than halfway through this book on my Kindle before it dawned on me that I had a hard-cover copy in the other room. It will be donated to the local AAUW book sale in June. A romp through Studs Terkel's memories. Luckily he was able to lift them from previous books. My mother was a big fan of his. So I took a number of her books, including a number of Studs'. Years ago I read Hard Times and enjoyed it. My mother started with Division Street: America and moved on to Working. I was more than halfway through this book on my Kindle before it dawned on me that I had a hard-cover copy in the other room. It will be donated to the local AAUW book sale in June.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    This is a great conversationalist's book. Reading it is like talking with a friend over a beer or a glass of wine. Studs has been around a long time and seen a lot of changes. He is a lover of humanity and it comes through in everything he talks about. This is a book that will guide the reader to other authors and thinkers - and not necessarily the one's that agree with you - or with Terkel. He helps the reader to appreciate what has come before us and to look foreward to what's coming next. He This is a great conversationalist's book. Reading it is like talking with a friend over a beer or a glass of wine. Studs has been around a long time and seen a lot of changes. He is a lover of humanity and it comes through in everything he talks about. This is a book that will guide the reader to other authors and thinkers - and not necessarily the one's that agree with you - or with Terkel. He helps the reader to appreciate what has come before us and to look foreward to what's coming next. He encourages us to be a part of whatever is happening - always with the love of others in our hearts.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Wood

    Many years ago I read two of Studs Terkel's books of recollections from everyday people, "Working" detailing many different professions and "Hard Times" about the Depression and really enjoyed them. It was a treat to read of his recollections of his life when he was in his 90's near the end of his life. Going through the depression, being blacklisted, a radio and TV personality, actor and chronicler of the common man Louis "Studs" Terkel led a very interesting life. His memoir is amazing, though Many years ago I read two of Studs Terkel's books of recollections from everyday people, "Working" detailing many different professions and "Hard Times" about the Depression and really enjoyed them. It was a treat to read of his recollections of his life when he was in his 90's near the end of his life. Going through the depression, being blacklisted, a radio and TV personality, actor and chronicler of the common man Louis "Studs" Terkel led a very interesting life. His memoir is amazing, though many of the personalities he referenced were not familiar to me. I need to sample clips of his TV show "Stud's Place" and read and perhaps reread some more of his books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Prima Seadiva

    Audiobook. Reader okay. More like 2.5 It was a recounting of various incidents in his life mostly in his younger years. While interesting the book felt like a jumble of non connected events rather than an overview of his life. Ironically less cohesive than many of his books where he interviews other people about their lives.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Though I enjoyed reading this book, a slightly wandering collection of Stud's autobiographical musings, it made me hungrier to go back and read his other works like Hard Times, Race, etc. Reading this, I felt like I was sitting across from Studs at the Billy Goat Tavern, listening as he tried to tell the story of his life but was constantly distracted by the lives of others he has encountered. A story from his childhood reminds him of six other stories, five of which he tells. The result feels r Though I enjoyed reading this book, a slightly wandering collection of Stud's autobiographical musings, it made me hungrier to go back and read his other works like Hard Times, Race, etc. Reading this, I felt like I was sitting across from Studs at the Billy Goat Tavern, listening as he tried to tell the story of his life but was constantly distracted by the lives of others he has encountered. A story from his childhood reminds him of six other stories, five of which he tells. The result feels real and warm yet it also somewhat avoids true self-examination. On the other hand, Stud's sheer breadth of knowledge on history and popular culture of the 20th century (especially the 30's/40's/50's) is amazing and it made me want to know more about all the things he talks about--especially in regards to progressive movements and to the crazy political world of Chicago. At the end, it's hard not to hear Stud's weariness at our country's horrific case of historical "Alzheimer's," and his words seem prophectic: "Haven't we learned anything from the Great Depression of the thirties? Haven't we learned that the Free Market (read: individual) fell on its face and begged a benign federal government (a gathering of minds) to help?" (p. 252) When Studs died on October 31st, I felt so sad that he hadn't lived through the election--especially given the result. However, it suddenly occurs to me that it might have been watching history repeat itself this last September that truly broke his heart.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Studs Terkel's memoir is a cultural history of the 20th century, coverging his career as radio broadcaster-author-actor from the 1930s through the end of the century. Terkel will probably be best remembered for his oral histories, which he started as an offshoot of the WFMT program guide, which published excerpts from his interviews. Andre Schiffrin suggested doing a book on an American "village" in the way Jan Myrdal had written about peoples' lives in "Report from a Chinese Village" about the Studs Terkel's memoir is a cultural history of the 20th century, coverging his career as radio broadcaster-author-actor from the 1930s through the end of the century. Terkel will probably be best remembered for his oral histories, which he started as an offshoot of the WFMT program guide, which published excerpts from his interviews. Andre Schiffrin suggested doing a book on an American "village" in the way Jan Myrdal had written about peoples' lives in "Report from a Chinese Village" about the impact of the Communist takeover. Terkel initially thought the comparison between a village and the big city was ridiculous but turned it into "Division Street: America." Terkel remains a fiery liberal, using his last chapter to attack the Randian cult of the individual: "Einstein, on the contrary, believed that an individual working with others in assemblage strengthens his individuality. In recognizing that there are others who dream, hope and work as he does -- for a better world -- he is not alone. Haven't we learned anything from the Great Depression of the thirties? Haven't we learned that the Free Market (read: individual) fell on its face and begged a benign federal government (a gathering of minds) to help?"

  8. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    We lost a great one in Studs Terkel, but this memoir to me unfortunately lives up to its title: it's a bit touch and go. There are some remarkable sections and then some that seem kind of disjointed and out of the flow of the rest of the book. Studs is rambling a bit in parts. In other parts, you just don't feel like you're getting the whole story. Still, I doubt I'll be able to do better if I make it into my nineties. This doesn't keep up with all of the remarkable work that Terkel did earlier i We lost a great one in Studs Terkel, but this memoir to me unfortunately lives up to its title: it's a bit touch and go. There are some remarkable sections and then some that seem kind of disjointed and out of the flow of the rest of the book. Studs is rambling a bit in parts. In other parts, you just don't feel like you're getting the whole story. Still, I doubt I'll be able to do better if I make it into my nineties. This doesn't keep up with all of the remarkable work that Terkel did earlier in his career about other people and important social issues, but he does make some fine points here still. The best material relates to blacklists and other witch hunts and the careers that they affected and the exceptional lives of people who were fighting against American conservatism. Read it if you have read other Terkel, but return to Working, Hard Times, or The Good War for more powerful work.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gbug

    If you know who Studs is and are a fan you will like this book. Most of his books are oral histories. Hard Times(the depression), The Good War(WWII), Working. He had an unabashed love for Chicago. I unabashedly hero worship Studs Terkel. This is an autobiography of sorts, just ramblings about his personal history. If you are unfamiliar with Studs start with the oral histories. So take it easy, but take it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alison Ross

    Really enjoyed this - such an interesting man.

  11. 4 out of 5

    A

    Studs Terkel listens. He also knows how to tell a story. These are both important ways of being, as well as experiencing one's life to the fullest. Studs Terkel listens. He also knows how to tell a story. These are both important ways of being, as well as experiencing one's life to the fullest.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anne S

    A wonderful reminder of the good parts of 20th century history.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paul Basile

    Remarkable memoir from an original anti-fascist, written when he was 94 years old. The world needs more Studs.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Harley

    Touch and Go is a brilliant, insightful memoir filled with poetic language and great stories by the legendary Studs Terkel. And the amazing thing is that he was 94 when he dictated the book or should I say carried on a conversation about his life. I first encountered Studs Terkel in the 1970's through his oral history of work. A professor of mine, Nickolas Lindsay, son of Vachel Lindsay, was interviewed for the book. A radio and TV show host early in his career, Terkel was black-listed during the Touch and Go is a brilliant, insightful memoir filled with poetic language and great stories by the legendary Studs Terkel. And the amazing thing is that he was 94 when he dictated the book or should I say carried on a conversation about his life. I first encountered Studs Terkel in the 1970's through his oral history of work. A professor of mine, Nickolas Lindsay, son of Vachel Lindsay, was interviewed for the book. A radio and TV show host early in his career, Terkel was black-listed during the early 50's and under the surveillance of the FBI. He produced his first book of oral history when he was 55. I actually listened to the audio version of this book read by Norman Dietz and it took awhile for me to get into the rhythm of the book. Studs jumps back and forth in time frequently, sometimes within the same sentence. And he is always going off on tangents. Early in the book he is talking about his father's moustache when he is eight. Soon he is talking about the actors in silent films. He constantly makes historical and cultural references to people and places. I first thought it probably would have been better to read the book than to listen to it because it would be easier to catch all his references. I realized as I was finishing the book that the audio version was probably best because it was like listening to Studs tell stories and carry on a conversation. It might be boring to actually read it. It took awhile to get used to the voice of Norman Dietz. At first I found him annoying. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves language, history and stories.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Johnsergeant

    Narrated by Norman Dietz Unabridged: 9 hrs and 55 mins Publisher's Summary At nearly 95, Studs Terkel has written about everyone's life, it seems, but his own. In Touch and Go, he offers a memoir that, embodying the spirit of the man himself, is youthful, vivacious, and enormous fun. Terkel begins by taking us back to his early childhood with his father, mother, and two older brothers, describing the hectic life of a family trying to earn a living in Chicago. He then goes on to recall his own experi Narrated by Norman Dietz Unabridged: 9 hrs and 55 mins Publisher's Summary At nearly 95, Studs Terkel has written about everyone's life, it seems, but his own. In Touch and Go, he offers a memoir that, embodying the spirit of the man himself, is youthful, vivacious, and enormous fun. Terkel begins by taking us back to his early childhood with his father, mother, and two older brothers, describing the hectic life of a family trying to earn a living in Chicago. He then goes on to recall his own experiences as a poll watcher charged with stealing votes for the Democratic machine, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself in both radio and on the stage - giving us a brilliant and often hilarious portrait of the Chicago of the 1920s and 1930s. He tells of his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II and as an interviewer and oral historian, a craft he would come to perfect and indeed personify. Finally, he discusses his involvement with progressive politics, leading inevitably to his travails during the McCarthy period, when he was blacklisted and thrown out of work, despite having become by then one of the country's most popular television hosts. Fans of Studs Terkel will find much to discover in these remarkable reminiscences. Others will be captivated to learn of the unique and eclectic life of one of America's greatest living legends. ©2007 Studs Terkel; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Studs Terkel stood up for gay rights, racial equality, and quality journalism early and often. I enjoyed hearing how he charted his way in the new medium of television with his show Studs' Place. He is quite eloquent in his emphasis on the importance of knowing your history and how little modern day America does. Otherwise, we can be lead around anyway others see fit. He discusses his disarming interview style where his fumbling with technology (his tape recorder) can have the interviewee feel n Studs Terkel stood up for gay rights, racial equality, and quality journalism early and often. I enjoyed hearing how he charted his way in the new medium of television with his show Studs' Place. He is quite eloquent in his emphasis on the importance of knowing your history and how little modern day America does. Otherwise, we can be lead around anyway others see fit. He discusses his disarming interview style where his fumbling with technology (his tape recorder) can have the interviewee feel needed and how he always approaches each subject with respect. He ends his book with an invocation by Rev. William Sloan Coffin talking about a "lover's quarrel" we all must have with the world because it it worth it and necessary: "Oh Lord, as we leave this university, let these be young men and young women for whom the complexity of issues only served their zeal to deal with them; young men and young women who alleviated pain by sharing it; and young men and young women who were always willing to risk something big for something good. So that we may have in the world a little more truth, a little more justice, a little more beauty than would have been there, had we not loved the world enough to quarrel with it for what it is not but still can be. Oh God, take our minds and think through them, take our lips and speak through them, and take our hearts and set them on fire."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I'm embarrassed to admit that, although I have heard Studs on the radio many times and read several short pieces by him, this is the first full book of his which I have read. I'm sorry I waited so long. This is a memoir. He does talk about himself in it, but the majority of his time is spent talking about other people who meant something to him along the way, either good or bad. He has an impressive list of heros and role models and I'm betting you've never heard of most of them. From time to ti I'm embarrassed to admit that, although I have heard Studs on the radio many times and read several short pieces by him, this is the first full book of his which I have read. I'm sorry I waited so long. This is a memoir. He does talk about himself in it, but the majority of his time is spent talking about other people who meant something to him along the way, either good or bad. He has an impressive list of heros and role models and I'm betting you've never heard of most of them. From time to time Studs gets into a sort of free-association rambling style of telling a story which can make it a little hard to follow, but once you get a feel for what he is doing it makes sense. By Studs' own admission he is an interviewer, not a writer, and that is very clear in the style in which this book is written. It's easy to imagine him talking to you in that unique, gravelly Chicago voice as you read, which helps to make it all the more entertaining. In one chapter in this book Studs Terkel lays out the best case I've ever read or heard for government stepping in to help the citizens who put them in charge when the free market falls on its face. It is, of course, a chapter about The Depression and the New Deal. This should be required reading in civics classes across the nation.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    The author of the Prologue writes “I’m also very impressed to see that [Studs’] feistiness, his humor, and his incredible memory have been totally undiminished by age” (xi). Those three things are exactly what impressed me about Studs when I attended his 90th birthday party, a public event at the Chicago History Museum. I hadn’t read him, or even heard of him at the time, but my professor had urged my classmates and I to attend, explaining that the man with the funny name was a Chicago instituti The author of the Prologue writes “I’m also very impressed to see that [Studs’] feistiness, his humor, and his incredible memory have been totally undiminished by age” (xi). Those three things are exactly what impressed me about Studs when I attended his 90th birthday party, a public event at the Chicago History Museum. I hadn’t read him, or even heard of him at the time, but my professor had urged my classmates and I to attend, explaining that the man with the funny name was a Chicago institution. I remember thinking to myself that I would be an incredibly lucky person to reach his age with his wit. It’s wonderful to read of Studs’ fascinating life. There are many special moments in this book, particularly his admiration for friends of his active in the civil rights movement. But I think the parts I like best are when he recounts life in the Chicago SRO that his mother ran. What an incredible mix of characters, an unbelievable cross-section of Chicago life at the time. It was there that he met many of the kinds of working people who he would famously interview later as an adult. Young people like me are lucky to have access to that place and time and people thanks to Studs’ art.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Probably not the best book to start with in reading Studs Terkel, his memoir wanders quite a bit, with anecdotes sometimes pithy and memorable, sometimes just leftist name dropping. Outside of the few good stories (the ones about Stud's Place and about his wife are most memorable to me), you read a lot about what he thought about people, but mostly these are things you could have guessed if you knew any of his history. On audio, many of these stories didn't have the ability to capture the listen Probably not the best book to start with in reading Studs Terkel, his memoir wanders quite a bit, with anecdotes sometimes pithy and memorable, sometimes just leftist name dropping. Outside of the few good stories (the ones about Stud's Place and about his wife are most memorable to me), you read a lot about what he thought about people, but mostly these are things you could have guessed if you knew any of his history. On audio, many of these stories didn't have the ability to capture the listener, unlike Stud's old radio shows. At least that's how I experienced it - I guess I'm not that into the historic union leaders, socialists, communists, FBI agents, politicians, etc. that made up a majority of this volume. It got to the point that the book felt like one of those long "thanks to" lists on the end of a movie that includes everyone tangentially involved, except this was a thanks to list of people Studs had thought about or talked to over the decades. But I did appreciate his stories on entertainment, especially the radio stories. The radio stories alone brought my rating up a star.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    I was excited to read this for book club. It sounded like it could be full of amazing stories, but it fell short for me. Through all of the first half of the book I was questioning whether I could push through and finish. It reminded me of Kerouac's writing - jumping around and never quite holding onto one story for more than a page or so. The 2nd half was more enjoyable -- meaning I enjoyed reading some his stories and they began to connect with the next thing he mentioned, and so on. In the end I was excited to read this for book club. It sounded like it could be full of amazing stories, but it fell short for me. Through all of the first half of the book I was questioning whether I could push through and finish. It reminded me of Kerouac's writing - jumping around and never quite holding onto one story for more than a page or so. The 2nd half was more enjoyable -- meaning I enjoyed reading some his stories and they began to connect with the next thing he mentioned, and so on. In the end, there were definitely interesting moments, but overall it didn't work for me. I hate saying that because I do admire this man and everything he experienced and accomplished, and the honest life he led, but this book didn't do him justice.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marcy prager

    I'm so sorry, everyone who read this book and loved it. After 67 pages, I felt like I was reading a book in another language. I was incredibly frustrated! I could not relate to most of the people Studs was talking about; I had no previous knowledge about Chicago and its people. I had a hard time following his life, which I was understanding, because he kept throwing in name after name of people I had never heard of! I gave up; I never give up! I think of myself as a reader, and I feel totally il I'm so sorry, everyone who read this book and loved it. After 67 pages, I felt like I was reading a book in another language. I was incredibly frustrated! I could not relate to most of the people Studs was talking about; I had no previous knowledge about Chicago and its people. I had a hard time following his life, which I was understanding, because he kept throwing in name after name of people I had never heard of! I gave up; I never give up! I think of myself as a reader, and I feel totally illiterate!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    The best way to engage this book is to listen to the audio book read by Norman Diel ? According to Stud's barber, also my husband's barber, Norman sounds just like Stud's and he even does some mean imitations of Ma Joad and others that add to the delight. One strong recommendation is that you listen to the entire 8 discs of the book. The last chapter on the American alzheimers and "noone laughed" are priceless and important views on where our democracy has gone off the rails. There is noone like The best way to engage this book is to listen to the audio book read by Norman Diel ? According to Stud's barber, also my husband's barber, Norman sounds just like Stud's and he even does some mean imitations of Ma Joad and others that add to the delight. One strong recommendation is that you listen to the entire 8 discs of the book. The last chapter on the American alzheimers and "noone laughed" are priceless and important views on where our democracy has gone off the rails. There is noone like Studs. Read, better yet listen to this book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Raymond

    I finished Touch and Go some time back. I just didn't enter it in here for whatever reason seemed appropriate, or encompassing at the time. I've since passed the book on, so I don't have it here for referencing. Let me just say that Terkel is Chicago's blessing and a general delight. Studs covers a lot of ground, he's consciously lived rather than merely existed, as so many of us are wont to do. His portrait of his times and the people he's met is sharp and without any vindictiveness. I recommen I finished Touch and Go some time back. I just didn't enter it in here for whatever reason seemed appropriate, or encompassing at the time. I've since passed the book on, so I don't have it here for referencing. Let me just say that Terkel is Chicago's blessing and a general delight. Studs covers a lot of ground, he's consciously lived rather than merely existed, as so many of us are wont to do. His portrait of his times and the people he's met is sharp and without any vindictiveness. I recommend this book unreservedly.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Don

    i tape therefore i am, please God help me sell, a progressive viewpoint, stories of VP Wallace 40-44, admired communism and Saul Alinsky mentioned repeatedly and no 'rules for radicals', no memory and no knowledge, need for mutual respect and self-esteem yet no mention of concerns for state control and centralized authority with lack of individual liberty, excessive belief in groups with no mention of morality of groups, despised Ayn Rand, no mention of who selects winners and losers, Oh Lord m i tape therefore i am, please God help me sell, a progressive viewpoint, stories of VP Wallace 40-44, admired communism and Saul Alinsky mentioned repeatedly and no 'rules for radicals', no memory and no knowledge, need for mutual respect and self-esteem yet no mention of concerns for state control and centralized authority with lack of individual liberty, excessive belief in groups with no mention of morality of groups, despised Ayn Rand, no mention of who selects winners and losers, Oh Lord mentioned in last sentence.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barrie Collins

    I enjoyed reading Studs on himself and his many subjects and acquaintances, great raconteur, I love his recorded interviews. Speak Truth to Power - one of his favourite sayings, still relevant today. Read this book to get a feel for what has happened in the US over the last 100 years or so, Studs is in his 90's now. He went through the great depression and Maccarthyism, much else. The beginning chapter rambles a little but Studs soon gets into his stride, not great prose but readable history wit I enjoyed reading Studs on himself and his many subjects and acquaintances, great raconteur, I love his recorded interviews. Speak Truth to Power - one of his favourite sayings, still relevant today. Read this book to get a feel for what has happened in the US over the last 100 years or so, Studs is in his 90's now. He went through the great depression and Maccarthyism, much else. The beginning chapter rambles a little but Studs soon gets into his stride, not great prose but readable history with personal passion. This man is a national treasure.

  26. 4 out of 5

    e smith

    Its nice to read about an individual who's main interest in humanity does not involve giving them a carrot of $1,000,000, locking them in a house and then spying on the fallout. Studs deeply loves people...all people...all big and small people...and short and tall, rich and stupid, un-eloquent, passionate, un-passionate and average and sub par and bestial and beautiful..people for their very human humaness Its nice to read about an individual who's main interest in humanity does not involve giving them a carrot of $1,000,000, locking them in a house and then spying on the fallout. Studs deeply loves people...all people...all big and small people...and short and tall, rich and stupid, un-eloquent, passionate, un-passionate and average and sub par and bestial and beautiful..people for their very human humaness

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    I listened to the audio version, which is extremely well read. The narrator speaks just as Terkel thinks and writes - in stream of consciousness. One has to listen hard to keep the mind from wandering as the 95-year old Terkel moves from topic to topic and personality to personality. But this is a vintage work as much for the random walk down the twentieth century as for insights into Terkel's life and career. I listened to the audio version, which is extremely well read. The narrator speaks just as Terkel thinks and writes - in stream of consciousness. One has to listen hard to keep the mind from wandering as the 95-year old Terkel moves from topic to topic and personality to personality. But this is a vintage work as much for the random walk down the twentieth century as for insights into Terkel's life and career.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Great stuff from a Chicago treasure whose voice is sorely missed. As is typical with Studs, this memoir is more about the people he’s met than about his own life story. It’s filled with interesting stories about the famous and not-famous that have crossed his path, and every story has a pointed lesson. But I never tire of his message. Great choice of narrator; he really captured Studs’ tone and inflection.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy Tarlau

    A fun reminiscence from what I only knew as an oral historian. I didn't know about his TV show, "Stud's Place and his radio show that entertained Chicago for many years. He wrote this when he was in his mid 90s and it is not so much an autobiography as a stream of consciousness account of different episodes of his life. I enjoyed it quite a bit and would've liked it more if I knew more about Chiago. A fun reminiscence from what I only knew as an oral historian. I didn't know about his TV show, "Stud's Place and his radio show that entertained Chicago for many years. He wrote this when he was in his mid 90s and it is not so much an autobiography as a stream of consciousness account of different episodes of his life. I enjoyed it quite a bit and would've liked it more if I knew more about Chiago.

  30. 5 out of 5

    dirt

    Studs Terkel made me realize I am proud to be a commie leftist pinko. The only issue I had with this book were the last few essays where he was played the starring role of Old Man in the tired old drama Railing Against Youth. The rest of the book was an amazing foray through Studs' life intertwined with the history he lived through. Studs Terkel made me realize I am proud to be a commie leftist pinko. The only issue I had with this book were the last few essays where he was played the starring role of Old Man in the tired old drama Railing Against Youth. The rest of the book was an amazing foray through Studs' life intertwined with the history he lived through.

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