CAIRO BOOKS's Description
For the past twenty-five years, no one has been better at revealing secrets
than Oprah Winfrey. On what is arguably the most influential show in television
history, she has gotten her guests—often the biggest celebrities in the
world—to bare their love lives, explore their painful pasts, admit their
transgressions, reveal their pleasures, and explore their demons. In turn,
Oprah has repeatedly allowed her audience to share in her own life story,
opening up about the sexual abuse in her past and discussing her romantic
relationships, her weight problems, her spiritual beliefs, her charitable
donations, and her strongly held views on the state of the world.
After a quarter of a century of the Oprah-ization of America, can there be any
more secrets left to reveal?
Yes. Because Oprah has met her match.
Kitty Kelley has, over the same period of time, fear¬lessly and relentlessly
investigated and written about the world’s most revered icons: Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, England’s Royal Family, and the
Bush dynasty. In her #1 bestselling biographies, she has exposed truths and
exploded myths to uncover the real human beings that exist behind their
Turning her reportorial sights on Oprah, Kelley has now given us an
unvarnished look at the stories Oprah’s told and the life she’s led. Kelley has
talked to Oprah’s closest family members and business associates. She has
obtained court records, birth certificates, financial and tax records, and even
copies of Oprah’s legendary (and punishing) confidentiality agreements. She has
probed every aspect of Oprah Winfrey’s life, and it is as if she’s written the
most extraordinary segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show ever filmed—one in which
Oprah herself is finally and fully revealed.
There is a case to be made, and it is certainly made in this book, that Oprah
Winfrey is an important, and even great, figure of the twentieth and
twenty-first centuries. But there is also a case to be made that even greatness
needs to be examined and put under a microscope. Fact must be separated from
myth, truth from hype. Kitty Kelley has made that separation, showing both
sides of Oprah as they have never been shown before. In doing so she has
written a psychologically perceptive and meticulously researched book that will
surprise and thrill everyone who reads it.