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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470084693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470084694
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

At 90 years old, recovered from a stroke and a near-fatal helicopter crash, acting legend Douglas is in a reflective mood: "now is the time to have an audit of my life," he writes, and he does not disappoint. Douglas recalls his childhood and his own children, 50-plus years of marriage to wife Anne and the deaths of his son and many of his famous friends. He tackles a wide range of topics, with chapter names like, "Three Thoughts About Two Races," "I Love Dogs" and "Does God Laugh?" He's also unafraid to take a few swings at the young 'uns, most notably at Mel Gibson, Michael Moore and even the whippersnappers at NASA. Douglas's assessment of his life is honest, wise and not always flattering; when he heard, in a recent documentary, what some family members had to say about him, he notes, "It's difficult to see ourselves as others see us." Nevertheless, Douglas is upbeat, engaging and full of sharp observations, such as his simple epitaph, "I tried, dammit, I tried."
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Douglas, an actor for six decades, has appeared in 70 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award three times: for Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Lust for Life. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 and the National Medal of the Arts in 2001. In this, his fourth book, Douglas writes about his love for his wife, children, grandchildren, and his two dogs. (His son, Eric, died at 45 from alcohol and drugs.) Douglas discusses dealing with death, his fans, his life as a Jew, his fellow actors, and the dangers of being a celebrity. He reminisces about his friends (all of them famous) and denounces anti-Semitism. There's not much new here, but the actor's fans won't be disappointed, and so expect demand. George Cohen
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bodeswell on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
You have to be tough to face your own mortality and Kirk Douglas faces it feisty, reflective, and sometimes furious. In addition to great stories from his life that he hasn't told before, this book tells of the things that, 90 years on, move his heart and his soul. I was surprised, delighted and stirred all the way through.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Kai on November 16, 2008
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Kirk Douglas narrates how his life is enriched by having a stroke. He had been an athletic actor/producer in technicolor blockbusters (Spartacus, The Vikings) - - -and one day in his Seventies, he found he couldn't talk or walk. Fortunately, his wife took him to the hospital immediately - - and then began the frustrating exercises of rehabilitation. In the process, he returned to his religious and ethnic roots, started a new career in philanthropy, and learned to be laugh at being revered as Michael Douglas's father.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 18, 2007
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Kurt does it again. At ninety he is still feisty and funny. And his life- story which he has told in two previous books is only enriched by another retelling. He opens with the story of his ninetieth birthday party, a gala family event in which he laughs and is laughed at as well as celebrated and appreciated. The little kid from Amsterdam did not do so bad. He may have started out as a poor hungry kid robbing eggs from the neighbor's chicken coop but he with a lot of moxie and ability made it to the top of the American entertainment world. In this book which comes across as a series of small essays or talks he wanders all over the place but always interestingly. He in his long career knew a lot of remarkable people and he tells about many of his old buddies. He also in the course of this speaks about how much he misses many of them, one of the sad consequences of a very long life. He also speaks about the tragic death of his youngest son, whose grave he visits twice a week.
Kurt did not make it the easy way. A heart attack, a helicopter crash which set him back a lot, a stroke which took his speech from him. The stroke however did not take away his will and through great effort much help he fought back to speak and think clearly again. Part of his wake- up process was a decision to explore Judaism which he had sort of forgotten about in his prime acting years ( Except for his yearly Yom Kippur synagogue visits, and the movies made in Israel which he is a staunch supporter of) His strong desire to help young people to educate them to moral dignity and lives of contributing to making a better world is also expressed here. Also he tells the story of his fifty- three year and running marriage to his second wife,Ann, and how this has been the great love story of his life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harris Barmat on August 30, 2007
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I could not put the book down ,I had to read it from cover to cover . He is a one of a kind person It shows how you will always go back to your roots
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail M. Cate on December 2, 2008
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I first read "My Stroke of Luck",and loved it! I bought a copy for my sister-in-law who had a serious stroke, and she was delighted with it. Then I ordered this book "Let's Face It", written when Kirk Douglas was 90 (he is now 93). I found it very fascinating and inspirational. He has led an interesting life and has been an important witness(and participant) to many historical events.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By El S Tee on April 25, 2008
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This is a surprisingly well written biography by an actor whom we thought was only a pretty face. He tells us some inside facts of his thoughts, his life and marriage and how he has grown and changed. The tittle says it all and then he fleshes it out. I'm giving this book to a lifelong friend who was a huge fan of Kirk Douglas 50-60 years ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert SuarezROBERTA SUAREZ on July 30, 2013
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One of his best books. Reflected his growth and development as a person and citizen of the world. Very enjoyable.
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