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This Time, This Place - My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood-logo

This Time, This Place - My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood

Jack Valenti

With the nation at war in the 1940s, twenty-two-year-old Jack Valenti flew fifty-one combat missions as the pilot of a B-25 attack bomber with the 12th Air Force based in Italy. In the 1960s, with the nation reeling from the assassination of a beloved president and becoming embroiled in a far different kind of war in Vietnam, he was in that fateful Dallas motorcade in 1963, flew back to Washington with the new president, and for three years worked in the inner circle of the White House as special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. Then, for the next thirty-eight years, with American society and popular culture undergoing a revolutionary transformation, Valenti was the public face of Hollywood in his capacity as head of the Motion Picture Association of America. Been there, done that, indeed. Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Valenti has led several lives, any one of which could have provided ample material for an unforgettable memoir. As it is, This Time, This Place is the gripping story of a man who saw the terrible face of war while fighting with skill and bravery for his country; who was in the room, listening, participating, and remembering, as political decisions were made that would benefit or devastate countless lives in this country and on the other side of the world; and who championed the interest of the vast and globally influential movie industry with tenacity and vision. The list of boldface names whom Valenti knew and with whom he worked is as varied as it is astonishing in number. Aside from LBJ, there were Jack and Bobby Kennedy, Kirk Douglas, Frank Sinatra, Robert McNamara, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Julia Roberts, Cary Grant, Lew Wasserman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Warren Beatty, and Bill Clinton, to begin a very long list. The life of a man who earned both the Distinguished Flying Cross and his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is inherently intriguing, but Valenti's warm, sometimes rueful, always engaging account gives this memoir a depth of humanity a

With the nation at war in the 1940s, twenty-two-year-old Jack Valenti flew fifty-one combat missions as the pilot of a B-25 attack bomber with the 12th Air Force based in Italy. In the 1960s, with the nation reeling from the assassination of a beloved president and becoming embroiled in a far different kind of war in Vietnam, he was in that fateful Dallas motorcade in 1963, flew back to Washington with the new president, and for three years worked in the inner circle of the White House as special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. Then, for the next thirty-eight years, with American society and popular culture undergoing a revolutionary transformation, Valenti was the public face of Hollywood in his capacity as head of the Motion Picture Association of America. Been there, done that, indeed. Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Valenti has led several lives, any one of which could have provided ample material for an unforgettable memoir. As it is, This Time, This Place is the gripping story of a man who saw the terrible face of war while fighting with skill and bravery for his country; who was in the room, listening, participating, and remembering, as political decisions were made that would benefit or devastate countless lives in this country and on the other side of the world; and who championed the interest of the vast and globally influential movie industry with tenacity and vision. The list of boldface names whom Valenti knew and with whom he worked is as varied as it is astonishing in number. Aside from LBJ, there were Jack and Bobby Kennedy, Kirk Douglas, Frank Sinatra, Robert McNamara, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Julia Roberts, Cary Grant, Lew Wasserman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Warren Beatty, and Bill Clinton, to begin a very long list. The life of a man who earned both the Distinguished Flying Cross and his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is inherently intriguing, but Valenti's warm, sometimes rueful, always engaging account gives this memoir a depth of humanity a
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With the nation at war in the 1940s, twenty-two-year-old Jack Valenti flew fifty-one combat missions as the pilot of a B-25 attack bomber with the 12th Air Force based in Italy. In the 1960s, with the nation reeling from the assassination of a beloved president and becoming embroiled in a far different kind of war in Vietnam, he was in that fateful Dallas motorcade in 1963, flew back to Washington with the new president, and for three years worked in the inner circle of the White House as special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. Then, for the next thirty-eight years, with American society and popular culture undergoing a revolutionary transformation, Valenti was the public face of Hollywood in his capacity as head of the Motion Picture Association of America. Been there, done that, indeed. Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Valenti has led several lives, any one of which could have provided ample material for an unforgettable memoir. As it is, This Time, This Place is the gripping story of a man who saw the terrible face of war while fighting with skill and bravery for his country; who was in the room, listening, participating, and remembering, as political decisions were made that would benefit or devastate countless lives in this country and on the other side of the world; and who championed the interest of the vast and globally influential movie industry with tenacity and vision. The list of boldface names whom Valenti knew and with whom he worked is as varied as it is astonishing in number. Aside from LBJ, there were Jack and Bobby Kennedy, Kirk Douglas, Frank Sinatra, Robert McNamara, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Julia Roberts, Cary Grant, Lew Wasserman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Warren Beatty, and Bill Clinton, to begin a very long list. The life of a man who earned both the Distinguished Flying Cross and his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is inherently intriguing, but Valenti's warm, sometimes rueful, always engaging account gives this memoir a depth of humanity a

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Douglas

Length:

5h 57m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:41


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:22


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:26


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:21


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:21


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:46


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:27


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:33


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:44


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:44


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:40


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:37


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:39


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:32


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:36


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:54


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:00


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:49


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:09


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:21