A Curious Man

A Curious Man

The Strange & Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley

Book - 2013
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Recounts the life of the enigmatic cartoonist-turned-eccentric-millionaire whose wealth and fame were built from his extensive collection of exotic curiosities and offers insight into his final years spent on a private island.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Description: 421 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits, facsimiles, photographs ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780770436209
Branch Call Number: 031.092 Rip


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Jun 29, 2014

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.

Jan 04, 2014

This book is an interesting look at life in the 20's and 30's and just how different were people's perceptions "foreign travel" and the fads of the day. Robert Ripley once drew a cartoon of my grandfather, so I had a personal interest in finding out more about this man and the Believe it or Not books. I wouldn't say this book was fantastic or riveting, but it certainly was interesting in its own way. I'd rate it a B.

Jun 29, 2013

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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