The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life

The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life Details

An alternate cover edition of this book, with ISBN 978198215799, can be found here.

Longtime Jeopardy! host and television icon Alex Trebek reflects on his life and career.

Since debuting as the host of Jeopardy! in 1984, Alex Trebek has been something like a family member to millions of television viewers, bringing entertainment and education into their homes five nights a week. Last year, he made the stunning announcement that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. What followed was an incredible outpouring of love and kindness. Social media was flooded with messages of support, and the Jeopardy! studio received boxes of cards and letters offering guidance, encouragement, and prayers.

For over three decades, Trebek had resisted countless appeals to write a book about his life. Yet he was moved so much by all the goodwill, he felt compelled to finally share his story. “I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year,” he writes in The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life.

The book combines illuminating personal anecdotes with Trebek’s thoughts on a range of topics, including marriage, parenthood, education, success, spirituality, and philanthropy. Trebek also addresses the questions he gets asked most often by Jeopardy! fans, such as what prompted him to shave his signature mustache, his insights on legendary players like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer, and his opinion of Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live impersonation. The book uses a novel structure inspired by Jeopardy!, with each chapter title in the form of a question, and features dozens of never-before-seen photos that candidly capture Trebek over the years.

This wise, charming, and inspiring book is further evidence why Trebek has long been considered one of the most beloved and respected figures in entertainment.

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  • Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    I’m very sad to only give this 3 stars. However this was entirely different than what I expected. I’ve been raised on Jeopardy. At 7:30, my family and I would all gather to watch it, every single ...

  • Matt

    The world lost a great man today...I was quite pleased to be able to get my hands on this brief autobiographical piece by Alex Trebek. He entertains readers with some pieces from his long time in the...

  • Diane Barnes

    I never read political books or celebrity biographies. The first category just raises my blood pressure, the second goes on the I could care less list. But this.....well, this is Alex Trebek. He's not...

  • Elyse  Walters by Ken Jennings and Alex TrebrkAnd the answer is.....FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!I’m a total blubbery mess though— my eyes are still red from having an ugly that I felt coming on f...

  • Matthew

    I have had luck with uplifting timely biographies lately. Trebek's biography and Michael J. Fox's most recent memoir have both been recent audiobooks for me. Each of them was released this year and bo...

  • Yun

    Jeopardy! has long been a staple in our family, and we try to catch it every chance we get. My husband, in particular, loves the show, and we have a friendly competition going to see who can shout out...

  • Carole

    The Answer Is...Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek offers the reader a view into his life and a look at his influence on a program that has endured for decades. His approach to life and to death sp...

  • Zoeytron

    I dislike game shows in general, and rarely read biographies or autobiographies.  An exception had to be made for Alex Trebek.  My husband and I have watched Jeopardy! for well over 30 years.  Othe...

  • Sheri

    A nice narrative about a nice man. The brief anecdotes kept things moving along while still allowing for good insight into Alex Trebek’s character. I came away with a solid impression of Alex as a h...

  • Carol

    George Alexander Trebek ~ July 24, 1940 - November 8, 2020 Jeopardy! Oh I loved this book, but am so MAD! I rarely ever miss Jeopardy and was so looking forward to watching the last weeks of Alex Tr...