Bob Hope's story of his long and storied career in show biz and, his many many USO show's for the troops is truly a great read! It IS very much like he's talking directly to you and, his continuous jokes are very entertaining while he's telling his stories. I dub him "The King of the Quips" for his great lines and, the great writers he kept employed to keep that crown on top of his English-born head of his. Overall, a wonderful story and great lessons in US history. God Bless Ya, Bob for all that you did for our troops over the decades and, for all Americans everywhere. Thanks for the memories and, for one very memorable read!
Anna L. (annalovesbooks) reviewed Don't Shoot, It's Only Me: Bob Hope's Comedy History of the United States on
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ISBN 0515105651 - Bob Hope is always funny, even when he's not being funny. And, oddly, he's always sappy - even when he's being funny. I cannot imagine anyone reading this without laughing outloud with a tear in their eye.
From 1938 to 1990, spanning a career that spanned the globe and a lifetime, Don't Shoot, It's Only Me tells a story that literally touches everyone. From Pearl Harbor to the Korean War, battles that have shaped both this country and the world, and Bob Hope (and, of course, his friends) was there for all of them, bringing a few laughs to the men and women of the Armed Forces far from home.
As an ironic-funny moment, I remember a running joke. Bad news from Hollywood - guess what? Bob Hope died? No, but (insert whatever). Of course, he DID die, after a long life full of laughs for all of us, but it just doesn't feel like it. It seems implausible that the man who made bearable some unbearable moments in our history could possibly ever die, and for 297 pages, Hope lives on.