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Totally enthralling! I couldn't put it down! I still can't!,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: C'mon, Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus (Taschenbuch)
Well, let me just say that this has been the most informative and exciting reading I have come across in some time! And I read Tom Clancy novels! David's prose and insistance of presenting the truth the way it was, way back in the drugged-out, Gary Coleman-dominated 1970's, is almost like reading Steinbeck. Only David is a much better writer. And those legendary myths we heard about for so long are brought into light and they have passed the test of truth.
Did you know David was Don Seigal's first choice to play the lead role in "Dirty Harry"? Seigal thought that David would bring something to the role that Clint Eastwood couldn't: a tough-guy persona. It was unfortunate that eventually David lost out to Clint because David is only 5 feet 2 inches (including heels and highly-styled hair) while Clint stands a muscular 6 feet 4 inches, thus the movie's producers had a hard time taking David seriously as a renegade cop. Plus the fact David had a difficult time holding Dirty Harry's huge .44 Magnum.
But this was not a setback to David's career, as he details in the next chapter, when he claims (and in my opinion, proves, once and for all) to be the true author of "The Great Gatsby". Finally we can give credit where credit is due. David tells us the story how he acted as F. Scott Fitzgerald's "ghost writer" during a time when Scott had fallen off the wagon, again. David hid this fact for many, many years, not wanting to embarrass Fitzgerald or his wife, Zelda.
David also brings to our attention in chapter 11 (and again in chapters 17, 18, and the index) that he was the first man to perform an artifical heart transplant, in 1968. David was called upon because of his expertise in cardiological surgery and his boyish good looks.
Another famous incident explained, finally, is David's on-air brawl on the set of "Match Game" in 1977. David was mad because he was unable to pass the contestant entrance exam. But all in all, we all have our faults, and "Match Game" was an eggheaded, meeting of the rocket scientist minds of a show if there ever was one. It should have been hosted by Alistar Cooke. Well, faults and all, David is a superstar, no doubt about it. Buy this book and be reminded why. And to the unconverted, read this book and see what you have been missing all your empty, soul-less lives.