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I have been not so patiently waiting for Megyn Kelly’s debut book since the moment the release date was announced. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that I was spending my summer with the National Journalism Center. We all looked up to Megyn Kelly as an amazing journalist. We live in a political world consumed with pundits and opinion writers who pretend they are presenting the news, but are actually just trying to shove their opinions down your throat. Too many people abuse their screentime. Megyn Kelly is a breath of fresh air in journalism and the news.
Megyn Kelly is a notoriously private person, since she focuses on telling the news. In Settle For More, she lets her audience in to her life for these three hundred pages. It’s always fun, as a reader, to peek into the lives of those you admire. Megyn Kelly takes us through her life story, starting with her childhood. She wasn’t coddled like so many millennials are today. She was allowed to roam and be herself. She was still expected to follow the law and be a morally sound person. It’s hard not to tear up when she talks about the death of her father and how her family came together in a time of grief. We can all rest assured that Megyn’s father, an academic, would be proud of what she is doing for journalism today.
I consider myself a Fox News aficionado, but I learned a lot in this book. That included stories of just how hard Megyn Kelly had to work to make a name for herself in law school and beyond. Just reading about the kind of work she did while working as a lawyer made me want to take a long nap and avoid law school forever.
Her timeline for breaking into broadcast journalism is almost too good to be true. She was working in TV news for less than two years before she moved to Fox News Channel. That’s almost unheard of in the field, but this is Megyn Kelly we are talking about. Hard work pays off. Sometimes faster than expected.
Of course, no Megyn Kelly book could avoid talking about Donald Trump. Settle for More has several chapters devoted to the Trump controversy. It was both terrifying to read the threats she was getting from Trump supporters and surrogates. It was also reassuring to see how well Megyn Kelly handled it. She stuck to her guns and devoted herself to her work. She made sure to continue to report on Trump fairly, even as he attacked her. The insiders look at the Kelly-Trump meeting was also fascinating. Imagine being a fly on the wall. This book gives that to you.
The book ends with an addendum on the Roger Ailes sexual harassment allegations, of which Megyn Kelly was mostly silent on air. She finally broke her silence with this book. She admits that early in her career, over a decade ago, Roger Ailes did come on to her.
The only issue I found with this book was the lack of chronology. It had a rough sense of chronology, telling the story from her childhood to now. The stories in between overlapped and jumped over each other and cris-crossed in a way that was often hard to follow. She was trying to group her chapters by stories, but that ended up with stories about her marriage to Doug overlapping with stories about law school and beyond. The book could definitely have benefited from a timeline. All in all, this book was a great peak into Megyn Kelly’s life and should empower women everywhere to settle for more.