Behind the Scenes of the Nixon Interviews
By David Frost
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061445866, 384pp.)
Publication Date: November 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Following the resounding success of the eponymous West End and Broadway hit play, Frost/Nixon tells the extraordinary story of how Sir David Frost pursued and landed the biggest fish of his career—and how the series drew larger audiences than any news interview ever had in the United States, before being shown all over the world.
This is Frost's absorbing story of his pursuit of Richard Nixon, and is no less revealing of his own toughness and pertinacity than of the ex-President's elusiveness. Frost's encounters with such figures as Swifty Lazar, Ron Ziegler, potential sponsors, and Nixon as negotiator are nothing short of hilarious, and his insight into the taping of the programs themselves is fascinating.
Frost/Nixon provides the authoritative account of the only public trial that Nixon would ever have, and a revelation of the man's character as it appeared in the stress of eleven grueling sessions before the cameras. Including historical perspective and transcripts of the edited interviews, this is the story of Sir David Frost's quest to produce one of the most dramatic pieces of television ever broadcast, described by commentators at the time as a catharsis for the American people.
Sir David Frost is the only person to have interviewed the last seven Presidents of the United States and the last six prime ministers of Great Britain. He has been awarded all the major television awards including the Emmy Award (twice, for The David Frost Show) in the US and the BAFTA Fellowship in the UK, their highest honor. Often described as "a one-man conglomerate", Sir David has worked variously as an author, film and television producer, publisher, lecturer and impresario and co-founded two network companies in the United Kingdom, LWT and TV-am. Sir David is currently hosting Frost Over The World, his weekly current affairs programme for Al-jazeera English, as well as series for the BBC and ITV. He is also executive producing a remake of the film, The Dam Busters, with Peter Jackson and Universal. He lives in London, Hampshire and on British Airways.