Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made,
Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer,
legendary deal maker, 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
writes. "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 twenty-six 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
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 . . .well, 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."
Weintraub says, "When I stop talking, you'll know I'm
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 . . .