Review (Library Journal 10/10/92)

Rod Serling authorized only one person to pen his biography. However, the TV legend’s annointed protégé, Mark Olshaker, was so distraught over Serling’s death in 1975 that he eventually turned the project over to Sander. Using these files and numerous interviews with Serling intimates, he has fashioned a vivid and fascinating portrait of this complex innovator from television’s Golden Age. While not skimping on his analysis of Serling’s famed masterpiece The Twilight Zone (1959–1965), the author also gives in-depth examinations to the making of such early TV classics as Requiem for a Heavyweight and Patterns. The five-time Emmy Award-winner’s life is examined in detail. While always giving the pioneering TV writer/producer his due, Sander does not shirk from any of Serling’s blemishes, including his eventual embrace of the crass commercialism in television that he initially opposed so vehemently. This excellent books is a must purchase for public and academic libraries. –David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib., Boston

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