Hope

Hope

Entertainer of the Century

Book - 2014
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"Revelatory...fascinating" ( The New York Times ): The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, featuring exclusive and extensive reporting that makes the persuasive case that he was the most important entertainer of the twentieth century.

With his topical jokes and his all-American, brash-but-cowardly screen character, Bob Hope was the only entertainer to achieve top-rated success in every major mass-entertainment medium of the century, from vaudeville in the 1920s all the way to television in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. He virtually invented modern stand-up comedy. Above all, he helped redefine the very notion of what it means to be a star: a savvy businessman, an enterprising builder of his own brand, and a public-spirited entertainer whose Christmas military tours and unflagging work for charity set the standard for public service in Hollywood.

As Richard Zoglin shows in this "entertaining and important book" ( The Wall Street Journal ), there is still much to be learned about this most public of figures, from his secret first marriage and his stint in reform school, to his indiscriminate womanizing and his ambivalent relationships with Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson. Hope could be cold, self-centered, tight with a buck, and perhaps the least introspective man in Hollywood. But he was also a tireless worker, devoted to his fans, and generous with friends.

"Scrupulously researched, likely definitive, and as entertaining and as important (to an understanding of twentieth- and twenty-first-century pop culture) as its subject once genuinely was" ( Vanity Fair ), Hope is both a celebration of the entertainer and a complex portrait of a gifted but flawed man. "A wonderful biography," says Woody Allen. "For me, it's a feast."
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439140277
Branch Call Number: 792.7028092 Hope-Z
Characteristics: viii, 565 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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Skeet68
Jul 20, 2017

The previous reviewers say it all. A very authentic look at a complex man of great drive, ambition and self promotion, yet detached of emotion ... a most fascinating aspect of his walled off and often cold personality. His wife, Delores, was a saint to look past his blatant womanizing.

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Mar 27, 2015

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athompson10 Mar 07, 2015

Well written and researched. In his time, Bob Hope dominated every form of entertainment he tried: vaudeville, Broadway, radio, movies and TV. This biography takes you on his journey. Balanced and as insightful as possible when writing about an opaque and very self-protective star. I had no particular interest in Bob Hope before reading this book and the author made me care about him and respect the man's career.

ChristchurchLib Jan 12, 2015

In this detailed biography of one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century, author Richard Zoglin writes mostly chronologically of Bob Hope's upbringing and his eventual success on vaudeville and Broadway stages, in movies, and on television sets. Zoglin also discusses Hope's regular Christmas tours to U.S. servicemen around the world, and unearths surprising tidbits, like Hope's apparent dislike for fellow entertainer and on-screen partner Bing Crosby. Entertaining and accessible, this one's for those interested in 20th-century entertainment and Hope himself. Popular Culture January 2015 newsletter.

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