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By Don Lemon

In this special memoir, Primetime CNN anchor Don Lemon takes readers behind the curtain of journalism, detailing his personal fight to turn into some of the most well known African American males in tv news—and inside of a few of the largest tales of our instances.

Never one to forestall on the floor of the tale, Lemon digs deep, exposing his personal heritage with wealth and absence, with relatives secrets and techniques and painful revelations--and explains how these painful early studies formed his targets and gave him the instruments of empathy and fearlessness that he brings to his paintings. Then Lemon turns an analogous searing honesty at the information itself, taking the reader behind the curtain of September eleven, 2001, the DC Snipers, the epidemic of AIDS in Africa, storm Katrina, the election of Barack Obama, and the dying of Michael Jackson between different occasions.

With his transparent and compelling storytelling and the wealthy aspect of an Emmy-winning journalist, Lemon finds his personal painful trip from a bit boy who dreamed of broadcasting in segregated Baton Rouge within the early 70s, to his present perch at CNN in a desirable and compelling examine the area of tv information and his personal stories reporting in it.

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