The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy by Bill Carter

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

I am an avid podcast listener and one of my new favorites is late night show host’s Conan O’Brien’s “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend.” After listening to a few episodes, I went down the rabbit hole to find out more about his history and found this book, The War for Late Night.

Exhaustively researched and impeccably written, the book covers Conan’s oh-so-brief tenure as host of “The Tonight Show” before NBC yanked the rug out from under him and gave it back to Jay Leno. Although you know what is coming, you can’t help but root for O’Brien, who comes off as a man with genuine integrity. Bill Carter, who also wrote of the feud between Jay Leno and David Letterman, clearly knows his subject and engages us with a narrative reminiscent of any page-turning novel. Intriguing and entertaining!

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