This is a book review.
My dad was a big fan of the talking head shows on CNN, Faux, NBC, CBS, and ABC. He loved to listen to them argue, and aside from the hour a day mother commandeered the TV and watched “her stories”, he had some pundit yelling at him all the time.
Unless there was a baseball game on.
One of his favorites to watch, and vehemently disagree with, was Bob Beckel.
I’ll have to admit, although I also do not agree often with Mr. Beckel, I did enjoy his style and his banter from shows like Crossfire and Faux News’ The Five.
Recently, Bob came out with a “redemptive memoir” about his many decades as a political operative, diplomat, pundit, addict, and alcoholic.
It is entitled I Should Be Dead.
Really, he should be!
Over 75 % of the book is a story of drink, drugs, debauchery, and deceit.
I really liked the guy until I started reading the book. For a while, I was on the off ramp of disgust and disdain for the boy.
The book helped to cement my perception of political operatives as well.
Growing UP a “survivor” in an abusive home dominated and driven by an alcoholic father, he learned to hide his feelings, survive, lie, and deceive which all came in very handy in his Washington career.
Seemingly at the pinnacle of success in the political and infortainment worlds, Bob was hiding – not so well – a big secret.
He was a drunk.
Waking UP in the psych ward on “W’s” inauguration day in 2001 was rock bottom for him, but allowed his story to change.
The story is a difficult one to read. I had to put the book down repeatedly and move on to something else for a day or two.
Once I started it, it took me 6 months to read this book.
It has fewer than 300 pages.
It’s not me, it’s him.
Once started, it’s a must finish. He weaves a story of his addictions and how they nearly killed him and a story of help, faith, friendship, sobriety, and redemption from unlikely sources.
It’s not a book I’ll re-read, but I’m glad I read it.
And he’s right, he should be dead!