The main take away from this book is never assume you have the position you have if you work with NBC. They are so fucked up. Reading this 2 decades after it was written is hilarious because NBC still makes huge fuck ups with the tonight show and just handles it horribly. The book does great at giving background on Letterman, Leno and all the behind the scenes people involved in the battle for The Tonight Show after Carson announced he was stepping down. I felt the book was a bit unfair to Leno at times making him come off as a the bad guy, but it does explain why so many people don't seem to like him. But the flip side to that Letterman came off as a complete ass at times, yet he's viewed as the better of the two. I guess because the book is older it captures the feelings at the time and has since changed.