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About the Book

The Answer Is...: Reflections on My Life

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.

Audiobook available, read by Ken Jennings and Alex Trebek

The Answer Is...: Reflections on My Life
by Alex Trebek

  • Publication Date: July 21, 2020
  • Genres: Autobiography, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN-10: 1982157992
  • ISBN-13: 9781982157999