Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary dealmaker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him - the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York's Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood - he has found a way to put on a show and sell tickets at the door.
"All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage," he says. "I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: 'Jerry Weintraub Presents.'"
In When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead, we follow Weintraub from his first great success at age 26 with Elvis Presley, whom he took on the road with the help of Colonel Tom Parker; to the immortal days with Sinatra and Rat Pack glory; to his crowning hits as a movie producer, starting with Robert Altman and Nashville, continuing with Oh, God!, the Karate Kid movies, and Diner, among others, and summiting with Steven Soderbergh and Ocean's Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen.
Along the way, we'll watch as Jerry moves from the poker tables of Palm Springs (the games went on for days), to the power rooms of Hollywood, to the halls of the White House, to Red Square in Moscow, and the Great Palace in Beijing - all the while counseling potentates, poets, and kings, with clients and confidants like George Clooney, Bruce Willis, George H. W. Bush, Armand Hammer, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, John Denver, Bobby Fischer...the list goes on forever.
And of course, the story is not yet over. As the old-timers say, "The best is yet to come." And as Weintraub says, "When I stop talking, you'll know I'm dead."
With wit, wisdom, and the cool confidence that has colored his remarkable career, Jerry chronicles a quintessentially American journey, one marked by luck, love, and improvisation. The stories he tells and the lessons we learn are essential, not just for those who love movies and music, but for businessmen, entrepreneurs, artists...everyone.
©2010 Jerry Weintraub (P)2010 Hachette
The candid and precise story telling was captivating.
Jerry having to find a million dollars in a couple of days, so he could take Elvis on tour.
I'm not sure he has any other books?
The Deal Maker.
If you don't enjoy this book, you have no soul.
"How could you not really like Jerry Weintraub??"
Yes. The winning personality of Jerry Weintraub blazes through the audio like a hot knife thru butter.
This one is unique. Probably more enjoyable to just read Weintraub's book again.
The "New York" attitude really comes to the front.
How does a guy fall in love with and marry a lady that is a "ten" plus and then has the "hutzpah" to move another woman into the same house for purposes of co-habitation?? Now that's a salesman!!
Great story! Well told.
"MUST READ BOOK...EVERYTHING WAS GREAT"
One of the best books I have hear or read. Jerry Weintraub weaves an interesting story. A story nobody could tell better.
He already did and it is called My Way.
"Very interesting, cool book"
Yes, really cool stories from the past that are well written. It's really neat that Jerry himself narrates the book, so he can add the correct inflection and tone to the story, as it was originally intended. It makes you feel more like he's talking directly to you than reading a book.
Him talking about his mother and father passing. You could hear that he got choked up as he was narrating.
"Funny, quick, memorable"
It's one of those books you find yourself telling others about; the anecdotes that are just too funny to be real must be told. I really enjoyed this one!
I wasn't too excited to start the book but the stories turned it around.
I don't usually like whem authors narrate their own books, but in this case, it was the audiobooks greatest attribute. You could hear the pain im his voice when he told the story of his father's passing away. It wasnt just another bullet point to get through. He was clearly choked up. That type of genuine emotion infused throughout, is what carries an already interesting autobiography into the realms of greatness.
"Interesting and Well Done"
This book is highly interesting and relevant. I was only disappointed that the book came to an end. I wish it had been lengthier.
I think the stories, occasionally wrapped in life lessons, could not have been more interesting. If this book is not a bestseller, it should be.
It did make me laugh. And it did have touching moments.
This is a must-read. I am usually a harsh critic, but I really really liked this book.
"Funny, Engaging and Lessons For Business"
From Sinatra, Elvis, John Denver to the Karate Kid and the Ocean's 11 movies Jerry Weintraub has been around and very successful at a myriad of businesses. Great stories and great business and people lessons.
"Did not learn much from his story"
I purchased this book because part of the title is
"Mr. Weintraub, when can you come for dinner?"
Jerry's stories span the fascinating years of the 20th century and he tells them as if we're sitting at the Friar's Club over a fine glass of wine. Jerry's well lived life shines like a fine sapphire from his father's jewelry business in the Bronx: values, quality, humility, wisdom with a sparkle of humor to keep the reader (listener) eager for the next story. I hope he writes a sequel, so I can continue feeling a part of the political, social, and entertainment history of our era. For those unfamiliar with his time and place, the beginning gets off to a slow start, but he quickly hits his stride as he builds his career and sphere of influence. His lessons learned are as relevant today as they were when he learned them...and I find myself smiling in recognition of a similar experience in my own life. Mr. Weintraub, the invitation to dinner is always open: you bring your stories, and I'll pick up a bucket of KFC and some Lafitte-Rothchild bubbly to wash it down.
I liked it, alot of stories about familiar occasions, also seeing them from a different perspective is great. Well done.
If you read this Jerry, well done mate on some great life experiences.
"An amazing man"
A Great Great Man.....A great story!!!
In his words 'I'm a story teller.....and thats what I do best'
"Well done Mr Weintraub"
Bought it on a whim because it looked interesting and i was not disappointed. I really, really enjoyed listening to it. Weintraub is the perfect narrator, his voice especially adds emotional intensity and rawness when he discusses death. Its just like you're sitting with him having a conversation about his life. Packed with interesting stories about entrainment icons. You also just might learn a thing or two listening to this book!
Charming, educational, authentic life lessons mainly for business and some for life. Recommended reading for anyone interest in business and what it can really involve.
Mind blowing, powerful lessons embedded in these real life stories.. Jerry is a legend! As appose to text books and manuals this is as real an example of success as you can get.. In my opinion Jerry's authenticity and brutal honesty is behind his astronomical success.
Great book. It started slow but when it got going it was great with too many good stories to count! I'd say it's a little one sided and very much in the mould of self promotion but it's great and it's useful.
What a great listen. I was so sorry when it finished, but delighted to have the surprise interview with the producer at the end. I shall wait a little, and re listen.
Thank you so much Mr Weintraub .
Great story well told
I laughed out load on many occasions
One of the best motivation books I have ever read.
"Get Jerry's documentary "His Way" too."
I probably will once I forget the story. From Elvis to living in a whore house to Sinatra to Karate Kid to Oceans 11... this guy lived one hell of a life.
His relationship with his wife AND his girlfriend is super interesting. Makes you think.
Loved hearing his own voice read his story. Also I *highly* recommend getting his documentary "His Way" 2011. Legend.
What a life! Anecdotal stories of the David Niven ilk. Jerry is now my answer to the 'who would you invite to dinner' question. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.
"Fantastic story, well performed"
Jerry Weintraub lived a fantastic life, and made a success of himself. Theres a lot that can be learned from this man and the fact he performed it himself really adds to the personal nature of the book
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