WorldCat Identities

Whitaker, Mark

Works: 4 works in 26 publications in 1 language and 2,528 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PN2287.C632, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Mark Whitaker
Most widely held works by Mark Whitaker
Cosby : his life and times by Mark Whitaker( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun and fascinating account of his life and historic legacy. Far from the gentle worlds of his routines or TV shows, Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother. With novelistic detail, award winning journalist Mark Whitaker tells the story of how, after dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosby's bestselling albums, breakout role on I Spy, and pioneering place in children's TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas, from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of fifty years, Camille Cosby. Whitaker explores the roots of Cosby's controversial stands on race, as well as "the Cosby effect" that helped pave the way for a black president. For any fan of Bill Cosby's work, and any student of American television, comedy, or social history, Cosby: His Life and Times is an essential read. "--
Running for their lives : the extraordinary story of Britain's greatest distance runners by Mark Whitaker( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You're unlikely to have heard of Britain's greatest long-distance runner. Despite being a world-class athlete, Peter Gavuzzi was consigned to obscurity. His heyday was in 1929, when he took part in the most extraordinary race ever held u a transcontinental run across America. He covered an improbable 3,500 miles in just 78 days
My long trip home a family memoir by Mark Whitaker( Recording )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Whitaker's father, "Syl" Whitaker, was the charismatic grandson of slaves who grew up the child of black undertakers from Pittsburgh and went on to become a groundbreaking scholar of Africa. His mother, Jeanne Theis, was a shy World War II refugee from France whose father, a Huguenot pastor, helped hide thousands of Jews from the Nazis and Vichy police.They met in the mid-1950s, when he was a college student and she was his professor, and they carried on a secret romance for more than a year before marrying and having two boys. Eventually they split in a bitter divorce that was followed by decades of unhappiness as his mother coped with self-recrimination and depression while trying to raise her sons by herself, and his father spiraled into an alcoholic descent that destroyed his once meteoric career.Based on extensive interviews and documentary research as well as his own personal recollections and insights, My Long Trip Home is a reporter's search for the factual and motional truth about a complicated and compelling family, a successful adult's exploration of how he rose from a turbulent childhood to a groundbreaking career, and, ultimately, a son's haunting meditation on the nature of love, loss, identity, and forgiveness
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Alternative Names
Mark Whitaker American writer

English (26)