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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Revised edition (April 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030681207X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306812071
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perhaps the best book on Hope." -- John Lahr, The New Yorker

"The definitive biography of the most honored entertainer ever...A well written, researched and informative work." -- Dorchester Community News 04/02/04

About the Author

William Robert Faith worked as Bob Hope's public relations representative for fourteen years. A professor at the University of Southern California's School of Journalism, he lives in Burbank, California.

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Customer Reviews

Entertaining book about one of the most entertaining men of the 20th Century.
Kurt Kleinmann
Hope's infidelity is mostly referred to in passing, and even when referred to directly, it still feels like the author doesn't really want to talk about it.
A. Spring
I guess he never really appreciated humor because Hope was one of the funniest men and best comedians ever.
Ralph Grimes

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sean Claycamp on February 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
William Robert Faith's bio of Bob Hope was OK but I wouldn't break down the Barnes and Noble door to go get it. The author did a great job detailing the details of Hope's career, specifically his work with the USO and his work in film. Faith also did a great job in detailing Hope's early career on the road working for next to nothing in small comedy clubs.

My biggest hangup with the book is Faith didn't detail or analyze Hope's personal relations to the degree he should have. Infedility in his marriage and strain with his four adopted children are often referenced but there is no real in depth analysis of how this effected Hope. There is also no judgement passed which suggests to me that Faith may have been too close to Hope personally and didn't want to pass judgement while Hope was still alive.

The biggest shortcoming in the book was Faith's lack of commitment when it came to Hope's philandering. It was suggested that Hope wasn't unfaithful to Delores throughout the book and that Delores didn't mind but just how wide spread was it and who was it with. There was only one time where Faith suggests a specific woman that Hope may have had a relationship with. I wasn't looking for some Hollywood tell-all but I was looking for more of a definite stance on just how much Hope played around. For instance, I read a bio of John Wayne and it did detail Wayne's relationships but did so in a way that said... this is what the guy did and here is who he "messed around with" and it was wrong.

Again, not looking for Faith to muck rake but to me it was just vague when it came to Hope's personal relationships. It also talked about how several of his kids had issues with Hope and his constant travel or his celebrity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kozlowski on March 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was the best bio I have read since Grant's two volume bio. The author gets into Mr. Hope, and I understand the man who brought so many laughs to us through the years. This was a book I couldn't down. Would wake up in the middle of the night and HAVE to start reading it. If you enjoyed Bob Hope you need to read this book.

Bob Kozlowski
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What is there to say about Bob Hope that has not been said? I read in bed it helps me to sleep, this book really did the job, not because it was boring, it is not, but Hope was so active that just reading of his activities wears one out..
Bob Hope loved to entertain, and Bob Hope loved to entertain military personnel and every veteran loved him for it.Bob went around the world in some very bad places to entertain troops, if they were there so was Bob. When Bob Hope showed up you knew you had not been forgotten...When Bob returned to the states he had pockets full of telephone numbers of troops who wanted him to call their families, Bob would take time out, days and make the calls..
At no time was there a reported active attempt on his life. One Marine summed it up this way, "Even the enemy liked
Bob Hope".
I also just finished Johnny Carson by Bushkin, this is the difference between these two men..
Carson was a man who happened to be a comedian, when the camera light went out Johnny did not want to be bothered anymore,and wanted to return to a being a private citizen.
Bob Hope was a comedian who happened to be a man, and entertaining was his lifes blood. Laughter is what kept his heart beating. If at all possible he would not turn down a request. It was said that Bob passing a mirror and seen his reflection he would stop and do a 5 minute show... There is one story about Bob showing up at 2AM at a radio station because he had told the dj he would...
Bob loved this country and the veterans. In later years he went to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, and stood for a long time just looking at the Wall...
Enough said, a great book about a GREAT AMERICAN......

Thedutchman..
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By Pasquale Rombola on October 21, 2013
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did not know Bob Hope was such a trailblazer in all forms of the entertainment medium. also very patriotic and giving of his time to entertain the troops in faraway places.
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Entertaining book about one of the most entertaining men of the 20th Century. Very informative and detailed. Well researched. Authoritative.
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