Top of the Morning by Brian Stelter
Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV

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Stelter doesn’t do himself any favors with a casual approach that’s rife with cliches and groan-inducing metaphors. He seemingly goes out of his way to distance himself from the Times’ stodgy style, but instead of appearing hip, he comes off as what he really is: a 27-year-old journalist trying to cobble together his first book.
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Like Bill Carter chronicling the late night wars in his classic The Late Shift, star New York Times reporter Brian Stelter reveals all the dish and dirt behind the polite smiles and perky demeanors of morning television in his much-anticipated...

TOP OF THE MORNING

When America wakes up with personable and charming hosts like Matt Lauer, Robin Roberts, and George Stephanopoulos, it's hard to imagine their show bookers having to guard a guest's hotel room all night to prevent rival shows from poaching. But that is just part of the intense reality New York Times staff writer Brian Stelter reveals in TOP OF THE MORNING--a gripping look at the most competitive time slot in television, complete with Machiavellian booking wars and manic behavior by the producers, executives, and stars.

Stelter is behind the scenes as Ann Curry replaces Meredith Vieira on the Today show, only to be fired a year later in a fiasco that made national headlines. He's backstage as Good Morning America launches an attack to dethrone Today and end the longest consecutive winning streak in morning television history. And he's there as Roberts is diagnosed with a crippling disease-on what should be the happiest day of her career.

Featuring exclusive material about current and past morning stars like Katie Couric and all the major players of the 2000s, TOP OF THE MORNING illuminates what it takes to win the AM, when every single viewer counts, tons of jobs are on the line, and hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. Among the questions Stelter answers for the first time: Why did NBC really decide to oust Curry from her chair? What was her replacement Savannah Guthrie's reaction? Was Matt Lauer really at fault?

So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and discover the dark side of the sun.
 

About Brian Stelter

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Brian Stelter is a media reporter at The New York Times, where he writes about television and the web, both for the newspaper and for the blog Media Decoder. He was a subject of the 2011 documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times. Before joining the Times in 2007, he was the founder and editor of TVNewser, the preeminent blog about the television news industry. He sold TVNewser to Mediabistro in 2004 and ran it until his 2007 graduation from Towson University.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing. 321 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum on May 17 2013

Step around the clutter, and in the end Stelter has two relatively brief stories to tell.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Ed Bark on Apr 22 2013

“Top of the Morning” ends up being a fairly engaging book that might set some industry tongues wagging.

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Kirkus

Good
on May 05 2013

A troubling look inside an enterprise as vicious and internecine as a soap opera.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by NEAL JUSTIN on Apr 29 2013

Stelter doesn’t do himself any favors with a casual approach that’s rife with cliches and groan-inducing metaphors. He seemingly goes out of his way to distance himself from the Times’ stodgy style, but instead of appearing hip, he comes off as what he really is: a 27-year-old journalist trying to cobble together his first book.

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Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on May 08 2013

It reads more like “The Heart of Darkness,” this searing account of life at the top of the television jungle.

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