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Don't Shoot, It's Only Me

Don't Shoot, It's Only Me: Bob Hope's Comedy History of the United States
Bob Hope with Melville Shavelson
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1990
PN2287 .H63 A3 1990

Bob Hope has been cheered and loved by America's fighting men and women for at least two generations. Through ten presidents and three wars he has been a moving target wherever the United States needed a clay pigeon. On battlefields from North Africa, Europe, and the South Pacific to Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, Bob has been shot at and bombed on, sometimes by the enemy.

Don't Shoot, It's Only Me is Bob's story of being there with the jokes at every vital point during the last half-century of America's history. The world is his vaudeville circuit, and no one has been safe from his barbs, from presidents to dictators. He has counted among his friends almost everyone worth knowing, from Rita Hayworth to Brooke Shields, from Franklin Roosevelt to George Bush. He risked his career during the McCarthy era with lines like: "Joe McCarthy just got the names of two million more Communists. Someone gave him the Moscow telephone directory." And he was in the middle of the controversy over the Vietnam War.

When the United States got in trouble in Lebanon and the Persian Gulf, he heard the bugles again and was aboard a military transport, on his way to entertain the troops, before his idiot cards were dry.

It's all here, the fun, the laughs, the heartache, the danger, reflected in the longest continuous career at the top of show business since Methuselah was doing two a day. Now, at eighty-seven, Bob Hope can say: "I've known most of the great personalities of our time, met thousands of men and women in uniform, and had as guests on my shows some of the most beautiful women in the world. If I had my life to live over again, I wouldn't have the strength. But I'd like to try."

Reading this book is the closest you can come to living it with him.

Quoted from dustjacket.