The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life

The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life Details

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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  • Matt

    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 public spotlight, as well as many o...

  • 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...

  • Holly

    Watching Jeopardy is part of our weekday routine in my house - my husband and I watch it together and we individually keep track of how many 'answers' we shout out correctly before they are revealed b...

  • Mimi

    Was going to read just a few pages this morning, but ended up reading the whole book. Because who doesn't like Alex Trebek? And it's surprisingly current, wrapping up with life in COVID-19 quarantine....

  • Rachael ??

    Not a typical autobiography, but rather this book is exactly what the title states- Alex's reflections on things throughout his life. At first I was thrown off by the casualness of the writing, I gues...

  • Brandon

    The Answer Is… is the memoir from long-time Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek.  Those looking for a standard paint-by-numbers linear memoir may be disappointed, but what you get here is likely a better ex...

  • Kevidently

    Normally, I don't talk specifically about the audio editions of books I read. Mainly because of the structure of a sentence like that: I didn't READ, precisely, I LISTENED. But I'm of the opinion that...

  • Shirley

    Totally enjoyed his own telling of his life....

  • Kelly

    I love Trebek, but what he said at the beginning of the book is spot on: he's really not that interesting or remarkable. He just has a public job and he's been doing it for a long time. That said, I s...

  • Nick

    4 out of 5 stars"Who is Alex Trebek?"In The Answer Is...: Reflections on My Life Alex Trebek essentially gives a relatively brief (287-page) summary of his life. To put it simply, this book is NOT a...