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This is an excellent example of fame going to a person s head, making them feel as though they areintelligent than they actually are Ms Nichols gives off the unfortunate and hopefully unintentional impression that she thinks she is always right and always in the right, except perhaps where her relationship with her mother and her romantic relationships are concerned She doesn t recount experiences where she was wrong, or even where she was embarrassed, unless she was embarrassed becau This is an excellent example of fame going to a person s head, making them feel as though they areintelligent than they actually are Ms Nichols gives off the unfortunate and hopefully unintentional impression that she thinks she is always right and always in the right, except perhaps where her relationship with her mother and her romantic relationships are concerned She doesn t recount experiences where she was wrong, or even where she was embarrassed, unless she was embarrassed because of another person s wrongdoing She comes off as always having a sassy retort for any situation, and that s simply not possible.Also, despite apparently belonging to the Church of Science or the Science of Mind , she does not think very critically Despite being a fanatical fan of Gene Roddenberry s vision as she refers to it , she doesn t approach the world, life, or her relationships in a very rational way One expectsfrom someone who purports to believe in humanity s future.A specific, but not the only, example of this is her relations with William Shatner In the past, I had no opinion on this feud because I loved all of the cast of Star Trek and didn t know enough to really have a side But theI hear from George Takei, James Doohan and Ms NicholstheI can t help siding with William Shatner, which is completely the opposite of their intent in complaining about him, I should think If he was really so bad, if he really hurt you so much and made your lives miserable, why did you wait until twenty years after the series was over to start telling people, and most importantly Mr Shatner himself Why didn t you confront him back when the problem was actually happening, rather than complaining to one another and making jokes about it where he couldn t hear Why did you wait to confront him until after it was too late for him to do anything about his behavior Did you really never consider that maybe he acts like it was no big deal because it s been over twenty five years and he can t change it now Or maybe he thinks it couldn t have been that big a deal since you waited so long to say anything In the end, he, for all his egotistical nature, comes out looking better than the other side of the Shatner vs Enterprise crew war He looks like the adult in this situation, not Ms Nichols, George Takei and the rest at least by my way of thinking Of course, the only real winners in this war are Leonard Nimoy, who wrote not one but two autobiographies that managed to not snipe at any of his former castmates about anything furthering his well deserved reputation as a gentleman , and DeForest Kelley, who died without writing an autobiography or, as far as I can tell, saying a single mean word in public about any of his former castmates Everyone else loses.That brings up a point I ve noticed, so far in Ms Nichols book and in George Takei and William Shatner s media arguments they all three seem to want to correct each other s versions of events, when really, all of them are old and all of them are trying to remember things that happenedthan twenty years ago in the case of the series, at least usually ten or less for the movies, depending on which movie and when the book or statement was written said How can any of them claim to remember better than any of the others The chances of any of their memories of any given event being crystal clear are slim to none, regardless of Ms Nichols claims of being able to remember everything with crystal clarity since she was six or seven months old come on And that s not even taking into account the large amounts of research that show memories are not stored like files in a file cabinet, but actually reconstructed every time you remember them, which makes them highly susceptible to hindsight and influences from what you re currently seeing, feeling and experiencing see You Are Not So Smart for a better explanation.Oh, and Ms Nichols believes in star signs Leo, Gemini and so forth , and thinks her mother had psychic powers She has no proof that these things work, and has apparently not bothered to think critically about them in any way at all That s not approaching life with a scientific mind, in my opinion.So as you ve probably guessed by now, I was very disappointed This book, amazingly enough, did not diminish my love for the character Uhura, but I m afraid it distanced me from Ms Nichols herself Her whole tone, somewhat condescending and egocentric, was off putting Her stories were all over the place, so you don t get a good sense of the chronology of her life, and people are introduced only to disappear into the ether for example, we never find out how or why her second marriage ended, or what happened to her second ex husband afterward It s not well organized She did go through some hardships almost getting raped, facing racists in various situations, barely escaping the clutches of a mob boss that inspire respect It s just that the tone is so alienating I really think I would skip this one unless you just can t bear not to read it This was an awesome memoir.The Trek stories were fun of course, but it was really the span of Nichols career and interests that intrigued me most She was often in the right place at the right time to meet important directors and performers, and it s always enjoyable to get new perspectives on important movements in theater and dance Image I feel a little silly saying it, but it isaffecting to have some stories told by someone you feel like you know even if you only know them from b This was an awesome memoir.The Trek stories were fun of course, but it was really the span of Nichols career and interests that intrigued me most She was often in the right place at the right time to meet important directors and performers, and it s always enjoyable to get new perspectives on important movements in theater and dance Image I feel a little silly saying it, but it isaffecting to have some stories told by someone you feel like you know even if you only know them from being a fan Stories like when she loses a big contract when she refuses to sleep with a producer or is assaulted and threatened when on an out of town job alone A personal account of sexism and racism is simplymoving than statistics.The chapters dealing with her family and her heritage were fascinating both moving and highly entertaining to read.Her account of every part of her life seemed very fair minded Her verbal pictures, especially of the people involved with Star Trek, were highly nuanced No one came off as a bastard or as a saint, just as people, which makes me think her depictions are probably pretty close to the truth She calmly explains various incidents with charm and grace toward all concerned, even when she was angry at the time.I was also impressed to readabout Nichols work with NASA and other science organizations, promoting women astronauts, science education, etc.This was a great read.More Reviews at The Blue Fairy s Bookshelf I am very glad I read Nichelle Nichols autobiography She had me in tears so many times reading this The amount of racism that she had to deal with was just staggering I think most people who like Star Trek have heard her tell the story of how she was going to quit after the first season but Martin Luther King told her how important it was that she stay Now she says that she was quiting because she wanted to return to musical theatre, or because her part was too small But in the book it is I am very glad I read Nichelle Nichols autobiography She had me in tears so many times reading this The amount of racism that she had to deal with was just staggering I think most people who like Star Trek have heard her tell the story of how she was going to quit after the first season but Martin Luther King told her how important it was that she stay Now she says that she was quiting because she wanted to return to musical theatre, or because her part was too small But in the book it is very clear it was because of the racism within the studio and on the set She had to deal with the studio refusing to give her a regular contract because she was a black woman, instead she got a day rate and Gene Roddenberry made damn sure she was on the set every day so they d have to pay herthan if she had a contract She didn t get her fan mail, and faced racial abuse by make up people and security Yet despite all that she was fearless and strong She was very proud of what she achieved It was fascinating to read her early family history Her mixed race grandparents who married at the end of slavery, moving north and being entirely cut of from her grandfather s rich white ex slaveowning family The way she was treated as the black daughter of a white man It was an incredible glimpse of social history Then it was fascinating to learn about how she was involved in promotingequality in NASA and managed to have a real and huge impact on the number of applicants they were having from women and BME people It was disappointing to read on here that despite these struggles hard core Shatner fans are still slamming her book cause they think she was too hard on him Personally I thought she was very balanced, giving stories where she saw him at his best as well as his worst.I thought it was an entertaining and inspiring book One that directly addresses America s racist past and looks with hope towards a better future While I agree with Wendy s review somewhat mostly that this book is self indulgent, disjointed, and maybe even egotistical I feel those issues arise in many autobiographies, especially from people in the entertainment industry You have to know what you re getting into I decided to pick this up after seeing Ms Nichols relate some of her stories at Dragon Con 2012, and there can be no argument that she and Uhura have been great inspirations to people of many races, genders, and generations While I agree with Wendy s review somewhat mostly that this book is self indulgent, disjointed, and maybe even egotistical I feel those issues arise in many autobiographies, especially from people in the entertainment industry You have to know what you re getting into I decided to pick this up after seeing Ms Nichols relate some of her stories at Dragon Con 2012, and there can be no argument that she and Uhura have been great inspirations to people of many races, genders, and generations I enjoyed learningabout this woman, her life, and the creation of her most famous character even if I do take all of the tales of her cool demeanor, perfection, and incredible magnetism with a grain of salt This one could have been named The world revolves around ME In this book Ms Nichols comes across as a very self indulgent person Hard working, no doubt, but too ideal and all winged haloed, beautiful, faultless, fierce, independent, strong, loving, insertanythingpositivehere Even when she speaks about someone else it screams Look, how good it is of ME to value this other person Probably, it s not her fault, but her editors and co authors could have done a better job, should they tr This one could have been named The world revolves around ME In this book Ms Nichols comes across as a very self indulgent person Hard working, no doubt, but too ideal and all winged haloed, beautiful, faultless, fierce, independent, strong, loving, insertanythingpositivehere Even when she speaks about someone else it screams Look, how good it is of ME to value this other person Probably, it s not her fault, but her editors and co authors could have done a better job, should they tried to make her less one dimensional andhuman After reading this book and it took me whopping 3 days, it just dragged on and on I like Uhura muchthan I like Nichols In Beyond Uhura, Nichelle Nichols tells her story from the beginnings growing up in a socially progressive family through her teen years as a young singer dancer who had already been praised by Josephine Baker and worked with Duke Ellington She got her first job at the age of fourteen working in a cast at the Sherman House Hotel which portrayed many of the tremendous acts which had been staged at the Sherman House s College Inn supper club in the twenties Fred and Adele Astaire, Duke Ellington In Beyond Uhura, Nichelle Nichols tells her story from the beginnings growing up in a socially progressive family through her teen years as a young singer dancer who had already been praised by Josephine Baker and worked with Duke Ellington She got her first job at the age of fourteen working in a cast at the Sherman House Hotel which portrayed many of the tremendous acts which had been staged at the Sherman House s College Inn supper club in the twenties Fred and Adele Astaire, Duke Ellington, Al Jolson, Irving Berlin and others Ms Nichols helped re create the appearance of Katherine Dunham and her troupe From those early years, she went on to travel solo as a singer dancer and finally worked her way to her first television screen appearance in a new show by a new producer The Lieutenant by Gene Roddenberry.Little did she know what working with Roddenberry on that first series would lead to Nichelle is, as far as I m concerned, the first lady of Star Trek Yes, I know that title is most often given to Majel Barrett as Gene s wife She is beautiful, a great actress, and an even better singer She had a tremendous effect on the entry of women and minorities into the space program Yes, her autobiography is just a little self indulgent but she s earned it Show me someone in the entertainment world who isn t Most are evenso And..she manages through each of the negative incidents in her life from being not only a woman in Hollywood, but a black woman in Hollywood to remain very positive throughout A fascinating to quote Mr Spock read I have always enjoyed her as Uhura I enjoyed this book and its look at her life before and outside of Star Trek.First posted on my blog Please request permission before reposting Thanks .Download Epub ♍ Beyond Uhura ♒ For nearlyyears, Nichelle Nichols has been a part of the Star Trek mythos Lieutenant Uhura, communications officer of the starship Enterprise, the first African American woman to have a major continuing role in television Now Nichols, with her candid and insightful autobiography, takes readers where no book has gone beforephotos Uruha The famous Black kiss the woman who infused females to become top NASA scientists like other books from Star Trek stars this is lotthan just Trek Unlike Bill who admitted he couldn t rember his time as Kirk all other stars could This was an overall adequate autobiography I love Star Trek, but must admit that the first series is a bit too dated for me I grew up with TNG, DS9 and Voyager and those are my true loves However, I have always been interested in and root for women who go against the grain, and Nichelle Nichols is one of those women Obviously not being alive at the time of TOS, it is hard for me to appreciate just how big of a deal it was to have a character like Uhura on a TV show, so maybe one of her great This was an overall adequate autobiography I love Star Trek, but must admit that the first series is a bit too dated for me I grew up with TNG, DS9 and Voyager and those are my true loves However, I have always been interested in and root for women who go against the grain, and Nichelle Nichols is one of those women Obviously not being alive at the time of TOS, it is hard for me to appreciate just how big of a deal it was to have a character like Uhura on a TV show, so maybe one of her greatest legacies is that I can watch a black woman character in the 23rd century and just think cool, no big deal The memoir itself was, as I mentioned, adequate There were a lot of people named Jimmy and Jim which I found confusing One of her marriages was summed up in maybe two sentences I was definitelyinterested in the Star Trek aspect of the memoir and not the steamy personal life, so that was fine with me it was a bit disorienting to be reading about Star Trek and then all of a sudden she mentions that she d remarried As far as the steamy personal life, there really isn t much of that in this book Which is fine with me To be honest, I found her writings about her work with NASA to be some of theinteresting content I was hoping for her opinions about TNG but she didn t really discuss the Star Trek legacy after the three seasons and six movies that she starred in.Recommended if you re a Star Trek fan It gives a nice glimpse of what the world of shooting the show and movies looked like, and did give me a bitinsight onto how the show became what it is today My review isfrom the memory of reading this book years ago than from any current readings The short sweet of this autobiography is that Nichelle writes about her life before, during, after Star Trek Rather than go the same route as other ST alumi, she tries her hardest to avoid badmouthing the Shatner even though he makes it VERY hard for her to stay neutral which she mostly succeeds at Miss Nichols has lead an amazing life She not only starred in one of the most popular well k My review isfrom the memory of reading this book years ago than from any current readings The short sweet of this autobiography is that Nichelle writes about her life before, during, after Star Trek Rather than go the same route as other ST alumi, she tries her hardest to avoid badmouthing the Shatner even though he makes it VERY hard for her to stay neutral which she mostly succeeds at Miss Nichols has lead an amazing life She not only starred in one of the most popular well known series ever, but she s met famous political figures Hollywood stars She s gone through incredible hardships in order to get where she is today, and she writes a fantastic book to boot The autobiography is easily accessible to both fans of ST those who just want a nice book to read Unfortunately this book has gone out of print, but it s well worth the time to track down a copy to own The book has to be one of the most well written autobiographies I ve read in a while, and that includes the ones I ve read in the years since