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on May 10, 2018
This is an exuberant account not only of a globetrotting life but also of a career as a literal journeyman journalist in the latter part of the 20th century, when the print media ruled. In recounting his travels from small-town Pekin, Ill., to New York City and (eventually) Hawaii, Bob Bone shows how important it was to always have your bags packed, especially given the title. Along the way we become acquainted with such personages as travel eminence Temple Fielding and Bone's gonzo pal Hunter S. Thompson. Going forward Bone's travels will be hard to replicate.
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on April 14, 2018
This is a rich, wonderful tale of a life in progress joyfully lived, and Bob knows how to take the reader right along - highly recommended.
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on March 12, 2018
After making Bob Bone into a journalist, as we say, they broke the mold. We shall not see another like him. His book is a fun read. I teach journalism students today and will encourage them to read it so I can stop saying "Back in the day..." and let them figure our for themselves what it was like to be a journeyman journalist, not exactly Edward R. Murrow. And for fans of Hunter Thompson, if that is what they call themselves, this is an invaluable addition to the resource library.
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on February 20, 2018
There are no shortage of self-inflated and mildly amusing accounts of people's lives out there; this is NOT one of them. Bob Bone takes you through a life of reporting, traveling and happenstance that moves swiftly yet reveals the most important details. Bone moves from his post WWII upbringing quickly into his first significant journalism posts with quirky and engaging tid bits that whip you through each chapter. Finally, his meeting and working alongside Hunter S. Thompson prior to the Gonzo journalists rise to fame/infamy is straight, not sugar-coated or described like some fan in the wings. Bone is legit—and this book is a great read!
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on February 12, 2018
Bob is a wonderful yarn spinner, a writer with great stories to tell about his life and the world of journalism. Not sure such swashbuckling travel writing adventures still exist, but it's wonderful to live vicariously! Thank you Bob for living your big life and taking us along for the ride. A great read!
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on February 11, 2018
Great book!:I enjoyed the book! Excellent storytelling! I recommend this book without qualifications. Exciting! Easy to read! What a life of achievement!
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on February 3, 2018
There is so much history and emotion about both Bob and the times. Especially if you are someone who writes yourself, you will thoroughly enjoy it. It draws you in and brings you back in time and place.
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on February 2, 2018
It's not just a life in journalism - it's also a life as a travel writer. He describes his sojourns around the world with insight and wit. His work begins in the decades before the Internet, before social media, before cell phones, personal computers, or even fax and he tells how he embraces technology as it becomes available. Definitely worth a read.
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on January 31, 2018
Bob Bone has led a fascinating life. His journalism career has taken him all over the world. Wonder what it's like spending a year in Brazil, a year in Costa Rica, several years home-based in a mansion on the Spanish island of Mallorca while traveling throughout Europe writing for a travel guide-book empire, and countless years based in Honolulu? Bone tells all in detail. He even started his own guide-book empire with his Maverick Guides to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. His stories from everywhere he traveled are poignant, romantic, inspiring and funny. While living in Greenwich Village in New York City, his apartment was listed as with "tub in kitch" (the bathtub was in the kitchen-handy for making bathtub gin. Actually, he and his roomies made their own beer). If you remember an old TV show called "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," you'll find that the first half of the book could be called The Many Loves of Bob Bone, starting with his stint in the Army and ending when he marries his soulmate and starts a family. His adventures don't stop there, though. This book is a whirlwind romp across our planet with a natural storyteller. I'd advise getting a comfortable place to sit and read this epic because once you start, you won't want to put it down. Just sayin'.
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on January 25, 2018
Too bad Hunter S Thompson wasn't around to read this memoir that he long ago encouraged Bob Bone to write. It's a charming read and Bob Bone is a masterful storyteller who makes his Mid West upbringing seem almost exotic. I cheered his adventures, his accomplishments as a journalist, and all the fun he had along the way. It's laughable that anyone would suggest that the boss should "fire Bone."
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