Book Review: A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley

A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley by Neal Thompson.

I have been to a Ripley’s museum, but it was a long time ago. I remember seeing the comic in the paper when I was younger – don’t ever read a paper now. I really didn’t know anything about the man though and when I ran across this title, I decided I wanted to know more. Besides I love to read biographies!

I really knew nothing about him and this book covers it all – from his humble beginnings to his ingenuity to his love of sports which expanded to include a love of travel and of learning about interesting/strange phenomenon. He also had a love for all things Asian and when China became a Communist country, it broke his heart.

 

He was flamboyant, educated millions with the tidbits he discovered, and in his heyday was much looked up to – kids wanted to be a traveler like him. He met with Presidents and was commended for the knowledge he gained and shared. His comic strip and later radio show were beacons of light and hope during the Depression and two World Wars.

A fascinating man and a comprehensive biography.

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