TALK by Michael Smerconish
On sale date: 05.06.14
Praise for Talk
Smerconish has taken the plunge into fiction and it is a beautiful swan dive, perfectly timed and executed, as though he’s been doing it all his life...Michael Smerconish’s talk show character of Stan Powers is complex, thoughtful, and ultimately honest with his listeners and himself. You will love this guy, and this book.
-Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author
If you've ever wondered what one of those hyper-ventilating, 'look-out! The sky is falling!' radio leatherlungs is really thinking, here is a bracing dose of candor, offered by one of the medium's most insightful figures. It's a gift to his listeners that Michael does not practice what his character screeches...and a gift to his readers that he renders this world so compellingly.
- Jeff Greenfield, Five-Time Emmy-winning TV correspondent
In his first novel, Talk, Michael Smerconish, a guy who actually brings rational, thoughtful opinion and insight daily onto the national stage, has drawn back the curtain on two universes - politics and talk radio - that have dominated so much of the discourse around the direction of the country. Who knew? Smerconish writes as well as he talks. Buy the book. Learn a lot.
- Mike Barnicle, Columnist, Contributor to MSNBC's Morning Joe program
Wow! Strap in because this is one helluva fun ride. Talk is Michael Smerconish's brutal and brilliant true to life story of politics, media, and the games people play. I did say this was fiction, right?
- Michael Steele, former chairman, Republican National Committee
You want a preview of how we will pick our next president? Read this compelling first novel by Michael Smerconish. I couldn't put it down. Talk is the fascinating behind the scenes story of how big time politics and big time communications are on a daily collision course. The resulting police report: careers are made, lives are destroyed and somebody ends up standing at the presidential podium."
- Sal Paolantonio, national correspondent ESPN
Michael Smerconish has taken to heart the classic advice to first-time novelists to "write what you know": in his case, the overheated, intrigue-laden, agenda-strewn landscape where presidential politics and talk radio intersect. The resulting book is an absolute treat from first page to last. Fun and funny, raucous and razor-sharp, brimming with vitality and buzzy verisimilitude, TALK delivers truths large and small about the freak show that our ideologically polarized media environment has become. And does so with all the flair and savvy that are Smerconish's on-air trademarks.
- Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, coauthors of GAME CHANGE and DOUBLE DOWN
Whether you love or hate talk radio--and no one's neutral on this one-- you will devour Talk. It's scintillating, sexy and smart. It also makes a powerful point you will love or hate but can't ignore. Read Talk and talk about it.
- Alan Dershowitz, Author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law
For years, people have said that Tom Friedman of the New York Times would make a great Secretary of State. After reading Talk, I have a better idea: Michael Smerconish as White House Communications Director. Because the president should have a guy who knows how things actually work. Talk is funny, insightful and scary. It says ‘novel’ on the cover but I’m not so sure.
- Michael Bamberger, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
What a rollicking, romping, rip-roaring, read! Seriously, I am so impressed. Smerconish managed to compress into one book all the horrors, humor, and humiliations of both modern-day politics and talk radio. Of course it's fiction, but for those of us who have lived in those worlds, "Talk" hits awfully close to the bone, and delivers more insight into modern politics and media than any nonfiction I've read. And it's a pure hoot.
- Mark McKinnon, Media Advisor to George W. Bush, Cofounder of No Labels