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Don't Shoot, It's Only Me Hardcover – May 17, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (May 17, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399135189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399135187
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Writing with Hollywood producer-director Shavelson, Hope revisits the years from 1940 onward, during which he built his singular showbiz career with radio, movie and TV performances. Although he numbers several American presidents among his enthusiatic rooters, the star stresses that he values most the responses from members of the armed forces, whom he entertained around the world through a half-century of conflicts. The stories and jokes he tells here echo the comic's wry wit, counterpointed by strains of his theme song, "Thanks for the Memory," which pay tribute to war's victims and dead friends (Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Jerry Colonna). The book is an odds-on crowd pleaser, funny and touching. Photos not seen by PW. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild selection.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The book's description, "Bob Hope's comedy history of the United States," is erroneous and misleading. The only comedy history dealt with is Hope's own (over 60 years in show business). For anyone who has read others of Hope's many books-- Have Tux, Will Travel , I Owe Russia $1200 --there is little in the way of new material. In fact, the earlier books provide more depth. However, for readers under 30 who do not know much (if anything) about the institution that is Bob Hope and for those who would like a refresher course, this book is a delight. Co-written with Shavelson (who wrote, produced, and/or directed some of Hope's movies), this rarely deviates from Hope's rapid-fire delivery. Hope has often been labeled a hawk, a title he disputes here. "I was only a hawk when there was a chance that we could win and get out of Viet Nam quickly." A brief chapter updates his activities through 1989. Enjoy. Pictures not seen. Literary Guild main selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/90.
- Paula M. Zieselman, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Lukomski on July 7, 2008
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This book is hilarious. I was laughing out loud from the very first page. I think that even people who don't consider themselves big Hope fans will be able to read this and find it funny, entertaining and insightful to a time gone past. It's a great part of American history; Bob Hope has his place therein. He was the perfect man to pull off all the things he accomplished during his amazing career. Entertaining the troops, putting himself in dangerous situations, making people laugh and forget the real world for a short time through films, radio, stand-up performances, Hope did it all and was the true king of all media. The book is very well-written and easy to follow the stories and jokes. You can just hear Hope's voice as you read his narration of events. I strongly suggest this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Blikre on August 29, 2003
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This is an interesting combination of autobiography and history lesson. Hope (with co-writer Mel Shavelson, who was one of Hope's joke writers) tell Bob's show-biz career story through the lens of world events. It's not straight storytelling- jokes come at a quick clip, which makes for amusing reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chotch on April 29, 2011
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Great read if you like Bob Hope. He humorously relates stories of his life from WWII to the USSR to Vietnam and, of course, Hollywood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Loeffler on July 1, 2012
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Bob Hope fans and those who are not....read this book. Fans will love it and those who weren't will be. Gives a great summary of his decades long trips over seas to our troops. "Hello, advisors!" to the men in Viet Nam. His humor shines through. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on March 23, 2012
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I have owned this book for several years and seem to re-read it every year about the July 4th. Bob Hope and his many co-entertainers did wonderful, humorous and touching things for our service members throughout a large portion of the 20th century. The respect he felt for our service personnel is evident on every page. The stories are funny and even moving at times. Highly recommend.
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