The Making of Dr. Phil: The Straight-Talking True Story of Everyone's Favorite Therapist

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The first biography of Dr. Phil McGraw and his rise to fame
Millions look to Dr. Phil for advice on everything from relationships to life. But Dr. Phil is more than just a pop psychologist. He's also an amazing businessman who has started and run a number of flourishing ventures. In The Making of Dr. Phil, award-winning journalists Sophia Dembling and Lisa Gutierrez take readers inside the world of Dr. Phil and his media and self-help empire. From his early days as a young athlete and student pilot, to his failed first marriage and decision to study psychology, The Making of Dr. Phil captures the courageous rise of one of today's most well-known celebrities. Full of exclusive interviews, this comprehensive portrait explores Dr. Phil's true motivations and inner drives. It also reveals the full dimension of his personality, beyond the "down-home doc" image portrayed in his books and on television. The Making of Dr. Phil offers a rare inside look at the real Dr. Phil McGraw and provides a firsthand account of how he became such a huge success.
Sophia Dembling (Dallas, TX) is a veteran journalist and former reporter for the Dallas Morning News. She was recently featured on the Dr. Phil: E! True Hollywood Story and will also appear on the upcoming A&E Biography on Dr. Phil. Lisa Gutierrez (Overland Park, KS) is an award-winning journalist. She obtained the first exclusive interview with Dr. Phil's first wife, and her reporting on Dr. Phil has appeared in numerous newspapers around the world.

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Although he was virtually unknown just a few short years ago, Dr. Phil McGraw has become a media sensation. Since his first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1998, Dr. Phil has made himself into the man people turn to for help in solving the problems of their lives.

But Dr. Phil is more than just the world’s most famous pop psychologist. He’s also a gifted businessman whose empire includes a blockbuster television show, bestselling books, and sold-out live seminars. In fact, the rise of Dr. Phil–and his ever-expanding media and self-help operation–is one of the most fascinating success stories in recent years.

The Making of Dr. Phil takes you inside the world of this global phenomenon. Both an engaging biography and business success story, this comprehensive portrait introduces you to the real Dr. Phil, from his early days as a young athlete and student pilot, to his failed first marriage, decision to study psychology, chance meeting with Oprah, and other big breaks along the way that set the stage for his incredible career. Authors Sophia Dembling and Lisa Gutierrez dig deep to uncover Dr. Phil’s motivations, inner drive, and the full dimension of a personality more complex than the "down-home doc" portrayed in his books and on television.

This fascinating book reveals:

  • What Dr. Phil’s childhood and young adult years were like, including exclusive interviews with his friends and former classmates
  • How Dr. Phil’s win-at-all-costs attitude has enabled him to build a multimillion-dollar business and media empire
  • What Dr. Phil’s relationship with Oprah is really like, and what goes on behind the scenes of his hit TV show
  • Why some say Dr. Phil’s brand of pop psychology is harmful, and how he responds to these charges
  • What rules Dr. Phil lives by that have led him to achieve such amazing success

Complete with interviews from his family, childhood friends, former business associates, and many others, The Making of Dr. Phil offers a rare glimpse into the life of one of today’s most fascinating celebrities. It provides an up-close look at how he worked his way to the top, and is must reading for every Dr. Phil fan or anyone wanting to uncover his secrets for achieving their wildest dreams.

From the Back Cover:

Essential Reading for Every Dr. Phil Fan . . .and Anyone Hoping to Learn the Secrets of His Incredible Success

In just a few short years, Dr. Phil McGraw has become a huge media sensation and the man millions turn to for help in solving the problems of their lives.

In this comprehensive portrait, authors Sophia Dembling and Lisa Gutierrez uncover Dr. Phil's motivations, inner drive, and the full dimension of a personality more complex than the "down-home doc" portrait painted in his books and on television. Complete with interviews from his childhood friends, former business associates, and many others, The Making of Dr. Phil gives you an up-close look at both the man and his incredible career—from his early days as a young athlete and student pilot, to his failed first marriage, decision to study psychology, initial chance meeting with Oprah, and journey to starting his own TV show.

Both an engaging biography and business success story, The Making of Dr. Phil takes you inside the world of a global phenomenon and offers a rare glimpse into the life of one of today's most fascinating celebrities.

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