Since his untimely death on June 29, 1978, Bob Crane's unofficial biography has become akin to a broken record. Like a skip in the acetate, his murder and the scandal that grew from it have been the repeated focus of attention, to the exclusion of nearly everything else. Over time, the line between fact and fiction blurred, and his life story became distorted. All perspective on Bob Crane as a human being was lost, and he became nothing more than a two-dimensional cartoon character without depth, understanding, or definition.
Now, nearly 200 people who knew the Hogan's Heroes star personally and better than most (family, friends as far back as elementary school, colleagues in radio, television, theatre, and film) have spoken out on Bob Crane's behalf, and in many instances, for the first time.
Within the minutes of this book, they share their memories and thoughts about a man whom they knew as an exceptional and talented musician, a genius in radio, a sharp-witted comedian, a gifted actor and director, a man driven to success, a doting and loving father, a loyal friend, and a kind and gentle spirit with a sunny personality. A man who, while not perfect, was vastly different from how he has been presented over the decades.
Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography balances the scales and sets the record straight, providing a full and complete history of Bob Crane, clarifying who he really was, and just as importantly, who he was not.
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The Title Says It All
An amazing amount of research went into this biography. For those who want to know about Bob Crane before he died or starred on Hogan's Heroes, this is the book for you. It provides the reader with the chance to understand just how good Bob Crane was as a radio disc jockey. The later part of Crane's life is also given extensive coverage. Kudos to the authors and researchers of this book.
Clear voice and not monotone.
Worthy book for a worthy subject.
- johnny freeborn