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In this startling candid and poignant memoir, the legendary Emmy Award-winning star of The Young and the Restless, America's number-one soap opera, chronicles his amazing life, from his birth in World War II Germany to his arrival in America to his rise to humanitarian and daytime superstar for the past 35 years.
For nearly four decades, fans have welcomed the star of television's number-one daytime show, The Young and the Restless, into their living rooms. While they've come to know and love the suave Victor Newman, few truly know the man behind the character, the supremely talented Eric Braeden. I'll Be Damned is his story - a startling and uplifting true tale of war, deprivation, determination, fame, and social commitment that spans from Nazi Germany to modern Hollywood.
Braeden's journey from a hospital basement in Kiel to the soundstages of Los Angeles has taught him more about joy, heartbreak, fear, dignity, loss, love, loneliness, exhilaration, courage, persecution, and profound responsibility to the global community than he could have hoped to learn in several lifetimes. Growing up in the years after Germany's defeat, Braeden knew very little about the atrocities of his parents' generation until he arrived in America as a teenager - a discovery that horrified and transformed him. Trying to redress the wrongs of his homeland, he has dedicated his life to humanitarian work - even forming the German American Culture Society - working for decades to show the world that what we share as humans is far more important than what separates us from one another.
Told with openness, candor, humor, heart, and occasional raw vulnerability, I'll Be Damned reveals a man committed to making the world a better, more loving place. I'll Be Damned will be a treasured keepsake for Y&R fans and is an inspiring testament to the goodness within us all.
©2017 Eric Braeden (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By lisac on 08-22-17


I watched Y&R way back in the 80s and 90s so I am familiar with mr Braeden but hearing his life story had me speechless. The fact that he narrates makes it so much more - hearing the emotion and laughter straight from him that you wouldn't have from someone just reading it to you. Have huge respect for the man! Thanks for sharing your story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By byrdloves2read on 03-27-18

What a Fascinating Man

What made the experience of listening to I'll Be Damned the most enjoyable?

I loved hearing the author tell the story in his own voice and words. About halfway through the book, I began to realized that "I'll be damned" must be one of his oft used phrases and can be used in many different circumstances meaning different things (much as the word "fine"). I did watch Y&R back in the mid-80's for a year or so but wasn't really a fan. I did think that Eric Braeden might have an interesting story. I was right, he's a fascinating man's man.

What does Eric Braeden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His own laconic style of speaking and his gentle laughter at certain passages was genuine.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was a moment that brought tears to my eyes. I could tell this was an important moment in Eric Braeden's life as well.

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By Pauline Rusby on 07-20-17

Simply awestruck!

I feel as though this voice has been in my life for most of my life. I am amazed at the person who is behind the character of Victor Newman.
What an amazing person you are Hans. Your achievements are simply incredible. A great family man, appreciative of your adopted country and fiercely proud of your heritage. I am currently touring through Germany and Austria so it was very real to me. We were just in Wurzburg where the guide explained how sad they were at what happened to the Jews that decided to stay, after they were warned to escape, as t.he all perished. There are several memorials dedicated to them.
I am so glad you wrote your story. Thank you. See you next week as Victor when I return to South Australia.

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