Kirk Douglas is a born storyteller, and in this engrossing memoir, he offers wonderful tales, favorite jokes, and hard-won insights. As he explores the mixed blessings of growing older, he looks back at his youth and his glamorous life in Hollywood. He tells delightful stories of the making of such films as
Spartacus and includes anecdotes about such friends as Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Ronald Reagan, Fred Astaire, John Wayne, and Johnny Cash.
Douglas reveals the secrets that have kept him happily married for more than five decades and talks fondly of times spent with his sons and grandchildren. He reflects upon his Jewish faith and offers strong opinions on everything from racism to corporate greed to America's foreign affairs. He writes about the need to care more about the world and less about ourselves as he shares a lifetime's accumulation of wit and wisdom.
"[D]oes not disappoint....Douglas' assessment of his life is honest, wise and not always flattering....Douglas is upbeat, engaging and full of sharp observations." (
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I had no idea that Kirk Douglas was such a good writer
It went beyond a basic chronology of events and was particularly well written with insights and observations of an old man with a legitimate claim to be reflective
I thought he brought an honesty and integrity to representing Kirk Douglas' words
Contemplations of someone whose story should be listened to
Enjoyed it so much I immediately purchased his autobiography I a Spartacus and am thoroughly enjoying that too
- Stuart A. McIntosh
Great to listen to old Kirk