In short, — Bob Hope The Road Well-Traveled — is a well-researched biography of Bob Hope by someone who clearly despises him, and tries to display everything in the most negative light possible.
The purpose of Family Friendly Movies is to share reviews of family-friendly movies and books. Sadly, Bob Hope The Road Well-Traveled is not family-friendly. Worse, it’s a biography of Bob Hope written by someone who clearly despises Bob Hope and everything that he stood for. It’s a very slanted book — if this book were all that you had to rely on, you would think that Bob Hope was an unfunny, back-stabbing comedian whose radio, movie, and television careers were a series of flops. In addition, the author (Lawrence J. Quirk) sees everything through the lens of a homosexual activist — every major character in Bob Hope’s life was either a homosexual, a repressed homosexual, or someone who blindly hates homosexuals; sometimes, all at the same time.
The majority of the quotes in the book are anonymous, leaving me with a strong doubt as to their accuracy. In addition, much of the language in the book involves words that I wouldn’t use in polite company.
In short, I don’t recommend this to anyone — this review is written as a warning. I bought a copy at a used book sale at a local library for ten cents, and frankly, I paid too much.
Editorial review of Bob Hope the road well-traveled, courtesy of Amazon.com
Lawrence J. Quirk delves into every personal and professional aspect of Bob Hope’s long, complex and dramatic life; rising by sheer dint of will to great wealth and fame. Why did Hope become so identified with sponsoring the Vietnam War? What’s the real scoop on his relationship with Bing Crosby? How far astray did Hope’s frankly oversexed nature lead him from the marriage he successfully maintained with Dolores for over sixty years? Quirk writes about Hope based on long experience. He knew and interviewed Bob Hope while serving as an army seargeant during the Korean war and later as entertainment editor, and interviewer of top stars for over forty years. Quirk approaches his subject with original observations born of years of studying this most celebrated, yet in some ways most mysterious of entertainment giants.