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Jerry Weintraub loves Jerry Weintraub and believes that Jerry Weintraub has led a fascinating life. As a result, Jerry Weintraub loves to tell stories about Jerry Weintraub. Here, Jerry Weintraub tells a lot of them, about promoting stars and making deals. Most are quite short. Many are compelling. Weintraub dispenses show business gossip, Mafia talk, family tales, accounts of rock music and movie excesses, and instructions for a successful career in promoting, agenting, managing and producing, all of which he carried out with astonishing success. getAbstract recommends Weintraub’s insider yarns and finds that mostly what Weintraub presents is his joy at being Weintraub. That this delight remains for the most part charming underscores a continuing theme: His charm allowed Weintraub to pull off career moves few others would have dared.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Jerry Weintraub built his career as a talent manager, agent, concert presenter and film producer;
  • How he promoted his stars with fresh, if sometimes crazy, ideas; and
  • How to thrive in business according to some basic but illuminating advice.

About the Author

Jerry Weintraub is a producer, agent, manager and philanthropist. Rich Cohen is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone.



The Home Town: The Bronx
Jerry Weintraub grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City. After high school, he joined the Air Force. During basic training in the south, he was subjected to anti-Semitism, but responded with cunning rather than violence. While stationed in Alaska, Weintraub...

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