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“Reading Face to Face is like being a fly on the wall, watching Brian Grazer work his magic. Utterly entertaining, this is how you become Hollywood’s best producer.” —Malcolm Gladwell, author of Talking to Strangers
Legendary Hollywood producer and author of the bestselling A Curious Mind, Brian Grazer is back with a captivating new book about the life-changing ways we can connect with one another.
Much of Brian Grazer’s success—as a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Academy Award–winning producer, father, and husband—comes from his ability to establish genuine connections with almost anyone. In Face to Face, he takes you around the world and behind the scenes of some of his most iconic movies and television shows, like A Beautiful Mind, Empire, Arrested Development, American Gangster, and 8 Mile, to show just how much in-person encounters have revolutionized his life—and how they have the power to change yours.
With his flair for intriguing stories, Grazer reveals what he’s learned through interactions with people like Bill Gates, Taraji P. Henson, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Eminem, Prince, Spike Lee, and the Afghani rapper activist Sonita: that the secret to a bigger life lies in personal connection. In a world where our attention is too often focused downward at our devices, Grazer argues that we are missing an essential piece of the human experience. Only when we are face to face, able to look one another in the eyes, can we form the kinds of connections that expand our world views, deepen our self-awareness, and ultimately lead to our greatest achievements and most meaningful moments.
When we lift our eyes to look at the person in front of us, we open the door to infinite possibility.
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Between smartphones and social media, we’re more isolated than ever just when we should feel more connected. That’s why Brian Grazer, the legendary producer of Empire and Apollo 13, believes it’s important to be truly present with people—those connections are the only way that we can truly change our lives. Grazer hobnobs with lots of Hollywood A-listers, and he fills this self-help guide with communication tricks he’s learned from friends like Ron Howard and Oprah. He also isn’t afraid to share his own humbling (and sometimes hilarious) social fails with us, which makes us feel better about our own inevitable faux pas. Ultimately, Face to Face is about making yourself understood, and it’s clear that this is one of Grazer’s greatest skills.
This was an excellent book with such a unique perspective. The messages throughout were incredibly helpful and offered advice and lessons that can be utilized by anyone in many different situations. I loved all the tidbits of his stories if interesting people he has met. I enjoyed this very much and highly recommend it to people of all ages!
Great tool for employers, teachers and parents,
The book offers advice and lessons that we can utilize as parents, employers, employees, teachers and students. I highly recommend the book and a great gift idea.
I found this book to be a beautifully written, entertaining, insightful and thought provoking account illustrating the author’s wisdom on the need for human interaction. Having college aged GenZ children, who are often referred to as the loneliest generation, I intend to buy additional copies to give as gifts to my children, friends and colleagues as the perceptiveness relayed my Mr. Grazer is ‘spot-on’ as to the unparalleled value of personal connections and how there is no substitute in the digital world. I highly recommend this book to everyone!