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His views on the US gun control issue are interesting, although it seems a bit strange that a foreigner being given his position would be so vocal about this, surely there must be persons within the US news hierarchy who deserved this position, I only know him from the few and I mean few times I watched Brittain s got talent,and he seemed the most sensible of the 3 characters on that show As a gay man, the word Gays on the cover caught my attention and I need to give him credit for his views on the issue,but again nothing earth shattering.I started reading the book, then felt it was a lot of name dropping about who he knew and started skimming those persons I thought might be of interest, Morgan obviously has connection in order to have this writing published, he obviously feel Ophra and Streisand are characters of interest,and wealth and importance, in any case kept on skimming the book, and found nothing of personal interest, and simply put it down. Fantastic read, candid and honest. Before reading SHOOTING STRAIGHT, I knew little about Piers Morgan s background His book contains interesting stories and was well done.At first I wondered about the diary format for the entries in the book but it made sense and was a good device I enjoyed reading SHOOTING STRAIGHT If you want to knowabout Piers Morgan and the business of creating a show at CNN I highly recommend it. The book had a lot of interesting and funny stories about his encounters with celebrities on and off his show His courageous public views on gun control are some things that need to be said I guess it takes someone originally from outside the country to take a logical view and put things in perspective. I m a marmite fan and I am also a Piers fan..Loved it This guy has no business being in TV he has no discernible talent, yet at one point was on two different networks in prime time appearing against himself As a judge on America s Got Talent he was a joke, since he has no entertainment talent himself nor is American For his nightly talk show, it s hard to understand why CNN would select him to replace Larry King when Morgan had never done live TV news interviews before Even King often slammed the choice The book just proves that Morgan was totally wrong for American TV and that his instincts about our country and politics are completely off base.On the other hand, the book is an interesting read for someone who wants to know what goes on behind the scenes in television news The producer made Piers Morgan look intelligent and prepared, often when the host had no idea who the guest was The network PR people hyped him to be someone he wasn t, and his own publicist saved him from some stupid foot in the mouth moments.The biggest disappointment was to hear him claim his family was his priority, when in truth he had nothing to do with his family most of the time His kids from his first marriage were in England and he only saw them a couple times a year His new wife and baby rarely saw him here As so many celebrities do, he claims to place family first but then doesn t match his actions with his words He should have never accepted two TV jobs at the same time, for it meant his family got low priority And it also meant he did a lousy job at both.What ultimately makes this a one star book is Morgan s cluelessness about America and why the country is the way it is He demeans First Amendment rights and Second Amendment rights The book has way too much anti gun rhetoric and it s filled with false claims or facts like people are born gay when confronted by a guest who asks for his proof he says he has none but feels it in his gut He slams anyone conservative, Christian, or right leaning Republican He grossly over praises some of our worst presidents Carter, Clinton and supports liberal Republicans he thinks will be elected to the presidency someday Chris Christie, seriously Piers Morgan s instincts are pretty much always wrong, as proven in this book Page after page details his mistaken thoughts on people and politics And ultimately, after the book was published, Morgan s show was canceled He has basically never been seen in America again He had no business being on TV here, couldn t conduct a good interview without a producer feeding him questions in his ear, and showed no appreciation of the freedoms he had when living in this country Piers Morgan is ultimately a failure. I enjoyed this book for what it was It s really just a bit of anecdotes and memoirs of what occurred leading up to his show taking over for Larry King and some of thenoteworthy news stories and show moments over the first three years It reads like a personal diary, really The irony of reading this book now of course is that his show has been cancelled I can t say I was a regular viewer or monitored his ratings but they must have really dipped in the final year for the show to totally go away so quickly, seeing as the book ends in the Spring of 2013 and things seemed particularly rosy for the show at that time It s a shame though I would watch it from time to time, and I always loved that he was the one big celebrity voice of reason in the anti gun movement I have a trivial love hate relationship with Piers I love his common sense on guns and his British wit and humor, but I tend to not like him on Saturday mornings as he s an avid Arsenal fan, and I m a Manchester United fan Like I said.trivial Luckily he really doesn t mention Arsenal in this book, which is nothing short of amazing Anyway, I push through his absurd soccer moaning to keep with theimportant real world stuff His twitter is a pretty good follow I don t want to get into a big political rant, especially in a book review, but I will say my view on guns took a sharp turn on July 20, 2012 That s when my friend Jessica Redfield was murdered in the Aurora movie theater massacre I never particularly liked guns prior to that My feelings went starkly negative on them thereafter The whole situation is forever surreal, but adding onesurreal moment is reading along as Piers talks about her and her lovely mother, who fights the good fight against guns in her daughters memory in this book It s weird to read those pages and think to yourselfI used to laugh with that sweet girl, right here in my office or at the hockey game Knowing someone killed in such a tragic way is an experience that too many of us in this country have had, and I can tell you from personal experience, it is awful But of course everyone continues on with their this will never happen to me state of mind You re wrong Anyway, the logic presented here on the gun topic is absolutely spot on I ll just leave it at that The other staggering thing that occurred to me as I read through this was how many major news stories have happened in the last few years..and how we ve already forgotten all of them In this instant social media news cycle, nothing stays in our minds for longer than a few hours or days if it s particularly awful and then it s on to the next story That s about all any news story gets any It s quite insane and even I was a bit embarrassed to think to myself..I can t believe I haven t thought about this news story or that news story recently The most staggering being Sandy Hook, of course It s a sad and depressing commentary that Sandy Hook could happen and the only thing we did about it as a country was majorly increase gun sales in the wake of proposed legislation that we all knew never had a chance Talk about a bunch of cowards for leaders I really can t think of anything worse than young children being blown away like that.and even that moved us all to doabsolutely nothing It s an awful feeling Staggeringly depressing for us as a society But life goes on, doesn t it It always does Anyway, this book really highlights the ever changing and rapidly moving news cycle It s always on to the next big disaster and even the most horrible things are forgotten far too easily and quickly It s also a really interesting look at what happens behind the scenes making a big live news broadcast I enjoyed it It s an easy read. Learned specific news and gun related details about UK US Politics around his jobs between 2010 2013 through Morgan s diary He shared his many opinions with the reader Quite the character Uses Twitter like The Donald. This book is written in a journal style, with entries coming every few days Most of the book focuses on his new job at CNN and how he got adjusted there Even if you don t agree with his gun views, most will find this a fascinating read. ^FREE PDF ☞ Shooting Straight ☔ Despite Many Wanting Him To Fail, Piers Morgan Took Over From US TV Legend Larry King At CNN InAnd Went On To Cover Some Of The Most Shocking News Events In Recent US History, Such As The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden, The Devastation Caused By Hurricane Irene And Horrific Shooting Rampages Including The Sandy Hook School MassacreIn Shooting Straight Piers Shares The Diaries That He Kept In This Rollercoaster Period Of His LifeThrown Right Into The Maelstrom Of The US Media, Piers Finds Himself Rubbing Shoulders With Everyone From Mel Gibson And Charlie Sheen To The US President Himself Not To Mention, Oprah, Rod Stewart, Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman, Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Goldie Hawn, The Dalai Lama And Iranian Leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad As Piers Gets And Drawn Into Commenting On American Culture, One Issue Gun Control Provokes The Most Incredible And Heart Rending Response Of All, Dividing The Country Dramatically And, As Usual, Piers Is In The Thick Of It