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StoryShots Free Book Summaries - StoryShots 27th January 2021
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey | Book Analysis and Summary | Free Audiobook

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey | Book Analysis and Summary | Free Audiobook

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StoryShots Summary of Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

About Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey is an American actor and producer from Texas. He was sprung into the limelight in his mid-20s during his breakout supporting performance in Dazed and Confused (1993). Since then, he has had a career of almost 30 years, starring in some of the biggest movies. McConaughey won an Oscar in 2013 for his portrayal in Dallas Buyers Club of Ron Woodroof, a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS. The following year, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his starring role in True Detective. 


Greenlights is a collection of Mathew McConaughey’s journals from the past 36 years. He had put off delving into these journals for many years but he decided it was finally time to take himself and the journals to a desert with no electricity. Here is where he wrote Greenlights, which he calls an ‘approach book.’ By re-reading the thousands of pages held in these journals, McConaughey relived the core values that brought him success and happiness. Greenlights is filled with people and experiences and is described by McConaughey as an aspirational book. 

The Making of Greenlights

McConaughey has been writing a journal for a total of 36 years. Greenlights offered him an opportunity to read back through these journals and recall the fantastic adventures he has had along the way. Additionally, McConaughey wanted to be entirely focused on this memoir. So, he spent part of his writing period in the middle of the desert with no electricity. Specifically, he spent 12 days without electricity and another 40 in the desert with a small generator.