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Confessions of a dangerous mind [an unauthorized biography]
Barris, Chuck.
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New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2002]

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5 audio discs (approximately 5 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
The autobiography of Chuck Barris, flamboyant 1970s television producer, who allegedly spent close to two decades as a decorated covert assassin for the CIA.
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Subtitle from packaging.


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Audiobook on CD


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PN1992.4.B7 A332 2002 Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks

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Soon to be a major motion picture, this is the outrageous autobiography of the creator of The Gong Show and The Newlywed Game--and sometime CIA hitman.Abridged. 4 CDs.


Chuck Barris is the creator and host of 'The Dating Game,' 'The Newlywed Game,' and 'The Gong Show.' He was derided for lowering the standards of American television. But were all his antics really just a cover for his activities as a CIA agent? Did he travel the world claiming to scout new locations for vacation prizes for his contestants, all the while hunting and eliminating the enemies of democracy? That's what Barris claims in this, his 'unauthorized autobiography.'

Author Notes

Chuck Barris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 3, 1929. He graduated from Drexel University in 1953. During the payola scandals of the 1950s, he was hired to keep Dick Clark out of trouble. By 1959, he was ABC's director of West Coast daytime programming. He created several game shows including The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong Show, which he appeared as the host. He wrote the pop song Palisades Park which became a hit for Freddy Cannon in 1962.

He gradually withdrew from the television world and became a writer. His books included You and Me, Babe; The Big Question; Who Killed Art Deco? and Della: A Memoir of My Daughter. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind was adapted into a movie starring Sam Rockwell in 2003. He died of natural causes on March 21, 2017 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Originally published in 1982 but out-of-print for years, '70s television icon Barris's forgotten autobiography is being reissued to coincide with the December release of a major film adaptation. After two decades of relative obscurity, Barris's memoir may finally find an eager audience. Readers will probably best remember Barris as the creator and host of The Gong Show, but his rsum also includes such classic shows as The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, as well as a hit song, "Palisades Park," and a New York Times bestselling book, You and Me Babe (1970). What will shock readers, however, is Barris's claim that, throughout his successful TV career, he was leading a double life as a decorated CIA assassin. While supposedly "scouting locations" to send his winning game show contestants, Barris was actually traveling to exotic locales to knock off America's Cold War foes. Or so he'd have readers believe. While far-fetched, the tension-filled scenes of Barris's supposed CIA activities provide an ingenious counterbalance to the story of his meandering personal life, the snarling critics who attacked Barris for dragging television into the gutter and hilarious recollections of how wholesome contestants would become inexplicably filthy once on the set of The Dating Game. Even though Barris's reputation as a wacky TV show host doomed this literary venture when it was originally published, it is in fact a remarkably well-crafted and entertaining book, both unflinchingly personal and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Twenty years later, it reads like a classic. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Don earphones. Shield delicate ears. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind has sex, violence, and obscenities. As with his zany old TV productions (The Dating Game, The Gong Show), Barris tries to entertain. He describes his avocation as a CIA hit man, creating suspense, except one faux Raymond Chandler bit. The complete text includes his hilarious chase to Lisbon after an American beauty, added raunch, spoofs, and more. Nick Sullivan's phrasing in the unabridged program is smooth, sometimes underplaying foul words. The condensed version loses some humor but retains the author's ego. Even so, he freely admits failures. Barris's narration does not underplay; his voice is rougher. Some unshockable adults will be taken in by behind-the-scenes TV and CIA stories in either one of these audiobooks. For popular biography collections, it's a qualified thumbs up.-Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.