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4.0 out of 5 stars 468 pages long and I wanted the story to keep on going., November 7, 2011
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This review is from: Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain (Hardcover)
I've been a fan of Hal Halbrook's ever since the early 1970s, after watching his captivating performance as Sen. Hays Stowe, in the TV show "The Senator," which was a segment of "The Bold Ones."

Years later, I spoke to him when he was a guest on an L.A. radio talk show, a few weeks prior to the release of "All The President's Men," where he played the role of Deep Throat. He was very gracious and humble and I thanked him for his work.

When I heard Mr. Holbrook talk about this book on NPR, I knew I had to read it. Not only is he a great actor, but he is a fine writer, as well. He certainly had more than his share of problems growing up, but he never tries to sugar coat or glamorize any of his experiences. I've never been an actor, but I would think this book would be invaluable resource for anyone who is thinking of pursuing that dream. It was mind boggling to read about the struggles and sacrifices he had to make in order to feed his family and to advance his career.

My only regret is that this book only covers the first 34 years of his life. When I got to the end, I wanted to keep on reading this fascinating story. Mr. Holbrook, you have your work cut out for you--keep on writing the next volume while you make more films. Also, please come back to Southern California at least one more time so I can enjoy your Mark Twain performance again. Thanks for choosing good material and for sharing your work with your fans.
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