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Linda Hope, who assembled this volume, clearly understands her father, Bob, and that his life can best be told through his jokes. To read them is to know how he felt on personal and political issues, and their topical, satiric nature makes them more biographically relevant than old material from most other comedians. Linda opens the book with a brief summary of her dad's life (he will turn 100 next month). Ten sections follow chronologically, from Hope's childhood to the present. Cracking about his birth, "when the doctor slapped me, I thought it was applause," the comedian sets the stage for a self-portrait of a man who adored performing and making people laugh above all else. In his 20s, he spoofed early show business bookings, after which he describes meeting singer and future wife Dolores Reade as "love at first song." From this point, the legend grows increasingly familiar, with references to the Road pictures and Hope's first appearance, in 1939, hosting the Academy Awards. Considering the current political climate, his recurring tours entertaining troops through WWII and the Korean War are of particular interest ("I was offering time and laughs-the men and women fighting the war were offering up their lives"). Another line is a humorously accurate testament to Hope's longevity ("I've been with NBC so long. I was here when the peacock was just an egg"). The quality of the jokes range from gently amusing to side-splitting, mildly sharp but never mean-spirited. After reading them, it's easy to understand Hope saying he'd like to live his life all over again because "it's been a hell of a ride." Photos.
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About the Author

Bob Hope was in the forefront of the entertainment industry for virtually his entire life. Primarily a comedian, he also acted, sang, and even danced, hosted his own radio and television shows, and starred in sixty movies. Bob Hope's dedication to and love for the American GI is legendary. He traveled around the world to entertain the men and women in uniform during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Desert Storm. No individual in the history of show business journeyed so far--and so often--to entertain so many. He received more than two thousand awards and citations for his humanitarian and professional efforts, and was honored and befriended by every U.S. president since Franklin Roosevelt.

Linda Hope, Bob and Dolores Hope's daughter, is chief operating officer of Hope Enterprises, Inc., and producer of her father's television specials for the last twenty-five years. She lives in North Hollywood, California, and Ireland.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (May 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401307426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401307424
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Bob Hope came with a bunch of pretty girls and good musicians to play for me and about a jillion other lonesome GI's so I am predisposed to like the man and this review might not be perfectly objective. He told us jokes that hit right straight home. This book is full of those jokes and each chapter is headed by a little history just to set things straight. He just about covers the whole last century right down the the exposed wire. There is no prejudice or meanness... just the naked truth. He never overlooked any of the facts of the matter. It is, indeed, the best history of the twentieth century I ever read. Thank's for the memories, kind sir... and happy birthday.
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Format: Paperback
BOB HOPE: MY LIFE IN JOKES by Bob Hope with Linda Hope
was written just before the great comedian's death . . . it presents his best jokes and comic anecdotes, organized by the stages of his life.
Each of the ten chapters corresponds to a decade in his amazing
career . . . I liked the fact that the jokes were often preceded by mini-blurbs about what was happening during that time and, also, that there were pictures of Hope in front of each of chapter (showing how he looked over the years).
Hope's jokes rarely made me laugh out loud . . . though, that
said, they did put a smile on my face as I read them--and do
again as I share the following with you:
I was really good to my mother. Whenever there was any wood
to be chopped . . . I'd run right out and sharpen her axe.
Bowling has one advantage over golf. You rarely lose a ball.
I play golf in the eighties. Any hotter I won't play.
You'll like this book [his autobiography, HAVE TUX, WILL TRAVEL]. It starts out by telling all my good points, all my achievements, and gives the entire history of my education. . . . The second page is good, too.
Well, the [1992] election campaign in the country is picking up
speed. The voters are yawning faster. All the candidates are talking about health care now. Don't they realize that it's their campaign speeches that make us sick? . . . You know, we could wipe out the federal deficit if there was a tax on campaign promises.
Age is only a number. However, in my case, it is a rather large
number.
The best way to look young is to hang out with older people. . . . For met, that's getting harder and harder to do.
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Format: Hardcover
The initial idea of Mr. Hope putting his life into jokes sounds good. He was a comedian. He was good at what he did. What better way could he relay his life story? The problem is that all together, these jokes lose their humor.

The book might be useful for quotes, but overall as an autobiography it is seriously lacking.
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By Susan on February 2, 2016
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I got this book for my husband for Christmas. He's a Vietnam vet and saw Bob Hope in person on one of his Vietnam tours. He's one remarkable, funny and caring person! My husband thoroughly enjoys this book!
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This is a great book to read about Bob Hope. He was one of the greatest actors in history! This book tells you a lot of information about this great actors life and i think you will enjoy it! Thanks Amazon!
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This was a gift for my great-aunt who is 104 years and loves to laugh. Hope was a funny man who lived to be 100.
The book was in new and was a big hit. It was packaged securely and Earth-friendly. thank you
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Format: Hardcover
Bob Hope was never a great favorite of mine. And this though like every American movie- going and later television- watching child of my time I spent a lot of time watching him fool around with Bing and Dotty Lamour. Bob was a bit of a wise- guy and a bit cold somehow. He lacked the warmth of favorites like Uncle Miltie and Jack Benny and Amos and Andy.

But as the years went by I began to appreciate him a bit more. And this especially when he became much older and became almost the sole survivor of a whole generation of American comedians.

This joke- book compiled by his daughter gives jokes, decade by decade, ten chapters for ten decades of his one- hundred year old life.

While there is not much laughing out-loud material there are quite a few smiles to be gotten out of this collection.

There is also the story of a self- made hardworking kid who really made it big in America and appreciated it very much. And did work hard to give it back.

Thanks for the memories, Mr. Hope.
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This was a gift to my 91 year old parents and the enjoy it very much. They read a few jokes/pages a day to give a lift to their lives and being that my dad is a WWII Veteran he also gets much comfort from Bob Hope's veteran support and love.
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