She was all that
Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith make clear in their biography of Molly Ivins that she was many things. One chapter title, “Molly, Inc.,” describes part of her. She had achieved incredible celebrity status on her way to becoming the best political commentator in the United States. Her columns appeared in more than 300 newspapers, she was a regular on television and radio talk shows, and her speaking schedule was jammed, despite fees which ran as high as $15,000. Politicians returned her calls. She was a journalist who scorned the concept of objective reporting, and she left no doubt about her liberal opinions in her columns or the seven books she wrote. And she became what she became despite being a stumbling, falling-down drunk for most of her adult life. This book is about the full life of a remarkable woman.