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American Legends: The Life of Bob Hope [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

*Includes pictures.
*Includes Hope's quotes about his life and career.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.

“You never get tired unless you stop and take time for it.” – Bob Hope

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

Of all the show business icons in American history, one of the most beloved was Bob Hope, whose career spanned over 6 decades across film, television, vaudeville, comedy, and touring and earned him too many accolades to count. On the day of his 100th birthday, more than half of the states in America declared it “Bob Hope Day”, a sign of just how monumental and influential he was as an entertainer. Along the way, he performed so many United Service Organization (USO) tours visiting troops that Congress made him the "first and only honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces." Incredibly, he was given honorary awards for his career at the Academy Awards nearly 40 years before his death, and decades before he actually retired from public life. By the time he reached his twilight, he was an instantly recognized institution unto himself.

All of that would have been impressive for any American, let alone someone who was actually born in England with the name Leslie Townes Hope. Indeed, the quintessential American entertainer wouldn’t actually move to the country until he was 4, and while his English roots may have helped his impressive impersonation of Charlie Chaplin when Hope was merely a teen, he quickly became an American through and through. He later claimed he changed his first name to Bob because it had a folksy feel to it, and he definitely gave off that kind of aura throughout his 5 decades doing USO tours, his 4 decades making films, his television career of . In addition to his versatile career that ranged from Broadway to comedy, he was an accomplished athlete who once quipped that all of the money he made went towards his greens fees. In fact, Hope became notorious for carrying a golf club around, so much so that Stephen Colbert paid homage to him by carrying a golf club during his own USO performances in 2009.

American Legends: The Life of Bob Hope examines the life and career of one of America’s greatest entertainers, tracing his rise to stardom and the towering legacy he left behind. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Bob Hope like never before, in no time at all.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1663 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494937298
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but pretty thin on the ground. March 26, 2014
By jimbar
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There was a lot of information on a very interesting subject but somehow it was pretty light and shallow. Anyhow, I enjoyed it..
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3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing writing March 5, 2014
By zzz
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I'm convinced the writer had a thorough knowledge of Bob Hope's life and career -- but was unable to convey this to the reader. The writing was confusing for many reasons: confusing sentence structure, too little explanation about things to which the writer alludes, references to things most readers wouldn't know about. I'll need to read another book about Hope to really get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LEARNED A LOT January 10, 2014
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I thought I knew everything about Bob Hope: I'm 59. I've seen replays of his USO tours from several wars, though not his last one.
When he went to the middle east, to Desert Storm, no filming was allowed. Since women had to be veiled, they just didn't come. I wonder if they were afraid the wind would blow, show their chins, and start a worse battle than the one we had. I wonder.
Hope started his USO tours May 6, 1941, even before the US entered WWII. He performed for troops in training at a base in CA. When the United States was at war, he went to entertain the troops; if the United States was in a police action, ditto. (That's what they called Korea, just after WWII.) And though certain people tried to influence him not to go to Vietnam because they felt it was immoral, he went anyway. There were Americans in muddy, bloody uniforms, far away from home-how could he not go?
The second thing I knew about Bob Hope was his lengthy marriage. Boy, did I get a kick in the skull!! Delores Hope was wife number two. Yes, they still had a long, long marriage, but things were not always happy in the Hope household. If I read those stupid newspapers by the checkout line, I might have known that, but I don't like gossip and I don't believe the idiot stories on the front pages of those papers.
I guess all that matters is that Bob always went home to Delores and she was always willing to take him back. Their children might have had something to do with that.
Yes, children! I didn't know about them either, but you'll have to read if you want detail.
And I knew about his golfing addiction; I'm married to a golf addict myself. He's on the course now. It was 43 degrees this morning and it rained yesterday, so the golf cart has to stay on the path today.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Love Bob but not the book! June 7, 2014
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Well It was superficial, not enough depth. And a very talented man but there is always more to the story. And I felt like I was reading something from the Reader digest. To middle of the road. I would not purchase one more from that series again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Superficial but a quick run through of his life April 6, 2014
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I bought this after going through the Golf Hall of Fame near St Augustine which has a fun Hope exhibit. This is a quicky bio that gives you some basics on Hope's life. But nothing to write home a bout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 13, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read about a funny man July 8, 2014
By Judy P.
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What a great man! This was a fun read about a simple, giving man.
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