Summary

Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary dealmaker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him - the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York's Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood - he has found a way to put on a show and sell tickets at the door.
"All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage," he says. "I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: 'Jerry Weintraub Presents.'"
In When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead, we follow Weintraub from his first great success at age 26 with Elvis Presley, whom he took on the road with the help of Colonel Tom Parker; to the immortal days with Sinatra and Rat Pack glory; to his crowning hits as a movie producer, starting with Robert Altman and Nashville, continuing with Oh, God!, the Karate Kid movies, and Diner, among others, and summiting with Steven Soderbergh and Ocean's Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen.
Along the way, we'll watch as Jerry moves from the poker tables of Palm Springs (the games went on for days), to the power rooms of Hollywood, to the halls of the White House, to Red Square in Moscow, and the Great Palace in Beijing - all the while counseling potentates, poets, and kings, with clients and confidants like George Clooney, Bruce Willis, George H. W. Bush, Armand Hammer, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, John Denver, Bobby Fischer...the list goes on forever.
And of course, the story is not yet over. As the old-timers say, "The best is yet to come." And as Weintraub says, "When I stop talking, you'll know I'm dead."
With wit, wisdom, and the cool confidence that has colored his remarkable career, Jerry chronicles a quintessentially American journey, one marked by luck, love, and improvisation. The stories he tells and the lessons we learn are essential, not just for those who love movies and music, but for businessmen, entrepreneurs, artists...everyone.
©2010 Jerry Weintraub (P)2010 Hachette
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jamie on 09-11-10

An amazing man

A Great Great Man.....A great story!!!

In his words 'I'm a story teller.....and thats what I do best'

Enjoy

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5 out of 5 stars
By danhaddock on 07-03-18

Enjoyable and Insightful

Jerry has met alot of famous names from hollywood in the 60's right through to the present day. His narration is impeccable and the insights are helpful.

If you want a few handy tips on people skills and perseverance on the backdrop of several incredible life events, then Mr Weintraubs book is the one to read.

The tips are scattered along the way but helpful nonetheless.

I want to stress that this is an incredible story and is told by a man who knows how to form a narrative. The problem though is that this book kind of lacks the relisten factor.

Funny, informative and a real adventure. Definately, worth a listen but the advice is not as practical and laid out as I was first led to believe.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Myles on 31-12-14

Great stories!

I wasn't too excited to start the book but the stories turned it around.
I don't usually like whem authors narrate their own books, but in this case, it was the audiobooks greatest attribute. You could hear the pain im his voice when he told the story of his father's passing away. It wasnt just another bullet point to get through. He was clearly choked up. That type of genuine emotion infused throughout, is what carries an already interesting autobiography into the realms of greatness.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jeff Casurella on 15-10-13

Interesting and Well Done

Would you listen to When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead again? Why?

This book is highly interesting and relevant. I was only disappointed that the book came to an end. I wish it had been lengthier.

What did you like best about this story?

I think the stories, occasionally wrapped in life lessons, could not have been more interesting. If this book is not a bestseller, it should be.

Have you listened to any of Jerry Weintraub’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

N/A

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It did make me laugh. And it did have touching moments.

Any additional comments?

This is a must-read. I am usually a harsh critic, but I really really liked this book.

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