A Curious Man

A Curious Man

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

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Archetype,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780770436209
077043620X
Characteristics: 421 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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sinbad64
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.

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tedrich2921
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.

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ClaireM_W
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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