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The man who wouldn't talk Hardcover – 1953

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (1953)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006ATQRC
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,007,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Earl Blacklock on October 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
While the cover seems to be the original one claiming the story inside is true, it was in fact exposed as entirely fictional. The writer, Random House, and the Reader's Digest (which published a condensation in November 1953) were all taken in by George DuPre, a Calgarian who created a yarn about his WWII exploits that was extraordinary, inspiring, and altogether fraudulent.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald P. Reed on June 27, 2015
Format: Hardcover
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk, George DuPre; Random House (1953)

Not a review, but advice for buyers:

Read Bennett Cerf's memoir "At Random" for the account of how this "nice little man" (a George DuPre, of Canada) ended up hornswoggling the "as told to" author (Quentin Reynolds) & Reynolds's publisher (Random House) in 1953, with his imaginary tales of his military valor in World War II (8 years after the war had ended).

You will find the information on pages 167-68 about this bogus bestseller that also included as its victims DeWitt Wallace, publisher of the then all-powerful & influential "Reader's Digest."

Not that I will believe the story for a minute --- Cerf being a lifelong, inveterate exaggerator --- unless I also hear it from an objective source, but it should be added that Cerf concludes his yarn nicely with an account as to how he managed to avoid the affair becoming a full-blown public relations fiasco.

Note: Also take the tales of Q.R. with a doctor's prescription of extra-strength salt, for in two different memoirs separated by two decades, Reynolds managed to tell the same story twice. The stories don't match. Figure out which version makes the most sense to you.


[Bennett Cerf, publisher; 1898-1971; Quentin Reynolds, writer; 1902-65; DeWitt Wallace, publisher; 1889-1981]
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