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A Curious Man

The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley
Thompson, Neal (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Curious Man
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The marvelously compelling biography of Robert Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist turned globetrotting millionaire who won international fame by celebrating the world's strangest oddities.
Authors: Thompson, Neal
Title: A curious man
the strange and brilliant life of Robert "Believe it or not" Ripley
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, c2013
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 421 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrated ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: The marvelously compelling biography of Robert Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist turned globetrotting millionaire who won international fame by celebrating the world's strangest oddities.
Awards & Distinctions: Amazon Best Books 2013
ISBN: 077043620X
9780770436209
Branch Call Number: B RIPLEY T
Statement of Responsibility: Neal Thompson
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Publishers and publishing United States Biography Journalists United States Biography Ripley, Robert L. (Robert LeRoy), 1890-1949
Topical Term: Publishers and publishing
Journalists
LCCN: 2012046850
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Jun 29, 2014
  • sinbad64 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

More than just "curious", Ripley is portrayed as quite an eccentric, with oodles of money once he got famous and a quirky mind that led him into an atypical lifestyle. This bio is written in a plain, straightforward manner, letting the subject's interesting life carry the story forward.

Jun 29, 2013
  • ClaireM_W rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a fun book! I got loads of insights into American culture in the pre and post WWII era. It seems that a rich Republican is a rich Republican, no matter what the century or issues.

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