I like Alan Alda, but geez, over the years he annoyed me, that constant need for Hawkeye to always be funny, always stretching for the next laugh. We stopped watching M*A*S*H because of him. However, if I happened to catch him in something where he wasn't playing the buffoon, I really liked him. A fine actor.
With that said, I am not sure what made me order this book, but I did, and it sat on my Mount TBR a very short time. Surprising as the Mount is enormous. The first third or so is interesting, his young life with a famous father and crazy mother, but nothing too dramatic, surprising for him. It was when he began talking about M*A*S*H that the book began to shine, but that didn't go on long enough as it is a short book. Yet he maintained the page-turning interest with his near-death emergency in Chile, and brought the book to a nice close. Fortunately, this paperback edition has a really interesting, pertinent-to-the-title, afterword written after the hardcover was published.
I would definitely have enjoyed reading more about his personal family life, of which there was very, very little written. Surprised again.
I recommend this book even if you aren't a huge fan of his.
Somewhat dark. I had to "hear" Alda's words to find the humor in it.
What's not to like about Alan Alda? Seriously, I've been a fan for decades, but there were a lot of things in this book that were news to me! A great read!!
I nice, light hearted read about Alda and his past. He's lead an interesting life, and if you're a fan you'll want to read this.