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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the toughest guy in town
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.
Published on March 30, 2007 by Bodeswell

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3.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Old Actor Learns Life Lessons
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...
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the toughest guy in town, March 30, 2007
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful life, August 18, 2007
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.
Kurt has guts and heart .He is a tough, caring person, who will always of course be most known for some of his remarkable performances on the screen ( Lonely Are the Brave, The Champion, Spartacus, The Clown, Lust or Life) but his works as a writer also have great entertainment and educational value.
A wonderfully enjoyable little book by a great human being.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Old Actor Learns Life Lessons, November 16, 2008
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This review is from: Let's Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and Learning (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars a man you can love and respect, August 30, 2007
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Let's Face It: 90 years of living, loving, and learning, December 2, 2008
This review is from: Let's Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and Learning (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great casual read, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Actor, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars What a guy!, June 9, 2010
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Deanna L. Stossel "DeAnna Stossel" (Port Angeles, WA United States) - See all my reviews
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Great book. Made me laugh (a lot) and also come close to crying. Kirk Douglas is a very good writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KIRK DOUGLAS, " WHAT I CAN I SAY", July 15, 2014
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KIRK DOUGLAS, WHAT CAN I SAY. HE IS AN AMAZING MAN. I AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE BOUGHT THIS BOOK AND ALSO HIS OTHER BOOK ' A STROKE OF LUCK". SUCH A HUMBLE READ. JUST BEING ALIVE IS A TRUE GIFT AND BEING ABLE TO OVERCOME LIFES TROUBLES AND STRIVES AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. WHAT A FINE EXAMPLE MR DOUGLAS HAS SET FOR US ALL.
LOVE TO YOU, MR DOUGLAS AND THANKS FOR WRITING THESE TWO BEAUTIFUL BOOKS. ENJOYED THEM VERY MUCH
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!, November 14, 2013
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Can't get enough of Kirk Douglas' Writing! He is wonderful and still going at almost 100 years old...but he has had much sorrow in his life.
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Let's Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and Learning
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