- 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: #4,843,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The man who wouldn't talk Hardcover – 1953
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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]