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A Book Full Title is A Book By Desi Arnaz The Outspoken Memoir of Ricky Ricardo The Man Who Loved Lucy

  • Title: A Book
  • Author: Desi Arnaz
  • ISBN: 9781568492544
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Full Title is A Book By Desi Arnaz The Outspoken Memoir of Ricky Ricardo The Man Who Loved Lucy.
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    • maggieandteddy says:

      I read this years ago. I bought my paperback copy at a bookstore with my mom and sisters. (Way before ebooks!)THEN, Desi Arnaz, autographed my book! Yes, I'm bragging! Right there in that bookstore. His beautiful black hair was all silver, he looked a little older, but he was SO nice! I froze up and barely said 2-3 words. (fangirl). He's my favorite famous person that I've ever met. AND I love "I Love Lucy". I've watched every episode many times over.This book was written like a memoir, many yea [...]

    • Jane says:

      I've been a Desi Arnaz/Lucille Ball/I Love Lucy fan since I was young and I always wanted to read Desi's book. I always saw that it was out of print or unavailable so I finally found it online and eagerly bought it - it did not disappoint. I loved how it was written, in his own style and his own words. It was funny, honest, sad, and educational all at once - very genuine and very honest. My only complaint is that it didn't cover more of his later life. But I guess that's what "Another Book" was [...]

    • Donna says:

      I normally do not like the early part of anyone’s life. Not so with Desi! His life was fascinating. His charm, luck, wit, brains accomplished so much. The deals he made, how he took advantage of any situation and always came out on top! He seemed to be polite and courteous and always respectful to top brass and always honest. The respect was returned.He was honest about the philandering…which as he said was accepted in Cuba. He did not go into other relationships in this book. Nor was it nee [...]

    • Ronald Wise says:

      Desi's story of childhood and youth were very interesting, as my previous knowledge of him was all from his days with I Love Lucy and later. I also found interesting the cutting-edge role he played in the development of television recording technology, as well as the number of television series started by Desilu Productions. He doesn't mince words when describing his personal memories, and at times seemed to be wanting to shock his readers. His take on the Cuban situation was refreshingly neutra [...]

    • 02Jazlyn S. says:

      Men and Women of the Jury I find that “A Book” by Desi Arnaz is a detailed biography of the hard life of a rising star about Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha and “Ricky Ricardo” this bio was meant for young adults or just anybody who really love Mr. Arnaz he speaks in his own voice and sometimes his native language about the life he led as a young boy in Havana Cuba to the revolution that broke out that sent him and his father to the United states to become broken tile salesman, taxi ca [...]

    • Msgold says:

      This book will be enjoyed by any fan of the I Love Lucy Show.The autobiography tells the fascinating story of American television's first Cuban-American star, Desi Arnaz. He offers his ideas and observations on the events he experienced in his life.Desi talks about leaving Santiago de Cuba, moving to Miami, graduating high school there, doing different jobs, gaining success as a Cuban band leader, an actor in movies and television, his marriage to Lucille Ball, and life after the TV show.

    • Kayla says:

      This autobiography is awesome. Desi's voice is clear in the narration, you feel as if you're actually listening to him tell his life story. Granted, you probably have to be a fan of his, or of "I Love Lucy" to actually read this book; but I guarantee that this is a very entertaining autobiography (if you're into biographies like I am). I've read this book probably 5 times.

    • Jazlyn says:

      Men and Women of the Jury I find that “A Book” by Desi Arnaz is a detailed biography of the hard life of a rising star about Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha and “Ricky Ricardo” this bio was meant for young adults or just anybody who really love Mr. Arnaz he speaks in his own voice and sometimes his native language about the life he led as a young boy in Havana Cuba to the revolution that broke out that sent him and his father to the United states to become broken tile salesman, taxi ca [...]

    • Don says:

      This is an interesting read that gives Desi's side of the story in the breakup of his marriage with Lucille ("Lucy") Ball, and in the process of doing so he provides a first hand knowledge of the pioneering work done in television in the 50's, of which, it turns out, he was cast as a major player in acting as a mediary between different key players and achieving notoriety through it. I couldn't stop turning the pages, which were never dull, and marveling at how a nice guy could indeed finish fir [...]

    • Megan Pegasus says:

      Back-Story: I read it for the same reason everyone reads an autobiography. I was curious. I've always been a fan of "I Love Lucy" and I've always been more curious about who Desi Arnaz was. I decided I wanted to read both of his and Lucille Ball's biographies and decided to read his first because he's always interested me more. I personally was able to rent this through Open Library but you do need Adobe Digital Editions in order to read it if you choose that method. The Open Library book was a [...]

    • David says:

      Want to know what is the main problem with autobiographies? Most people who write autobiographies were famous for doing something other than writing. As a result, they can make some of the most interesting or amusing stories seem as dry as dust. (A noteworthy exception to this is Ed McMahon's memoir of The Tonight Show. You must read it!) Desi Arnaz had many talents and he was teamed with one of the most gifted comediennes of all time, Lucille Ball. But he was no writer and he fails to do justic [...]

    • Carol says:

      A very heartfelt bio of Desi Arnaz. Easy to read and entertaining. Lots of Desi's history, going back to his days in Cuba and his night club performances in New York.Reading this book is like listening to your grandfather tell the story of his life. He does not claim to know how to write, so he does have a ghost-writer, but the result is a success.If you love Lucy, too, you should read this. He has only the nicest things to say about Lucille Ball. It's very touching, revealing and honest.

    • Deborah Skillman says:

      I read this after reading Love Lucy, because I thought it would be interesting to experience the points of view of both. It was an enjoyable and quick read written in a conversational style. Desi and Luci were quite the power couple combining creativity and business acumen backed by a strong work ethic. One realizes that Desi was a great student of experience, admitting that he learned equally from his failures and his successes. He owns his life, warts and all.

    • Brianna says:

      I loved this book almost as much as I loved Lucy's novel! It was so great to learn so much about his life before being famous. It was awesome learning about the evolution of I Love Lucy and hearing about all the other shows he directed and his relationship with Lucy. The last line really got me, "I Love Lucy was never just a title."

    • Monica says:

      Desi Arnaz's autobiography is brilliant! His story of how he grew up with money and then came to America because of the Cuban Revolution and worked his way up is fascinating. I found myself laughing at some of the ridiculous things he did to move forward. He was a very smart man. I always knew I loved Lucy but I love Desi, too.

    • Nate says:

      Even though he tried to make himself sound reasonable and justified in his actions, he still came off as a (view spoiler)[douchebag (hide spoiler)]. Lucy's memoir was more interesting and relatable. His just sounded like a list of what shows he produced, with few anecdotes about them.

    • James Cooper says:

      So glad the book is over. Sorry to read how after a 20 year marriage they were divorced but could see why. Last 50 pages felt like they could be summed up in the following way: We were making out company, one of the biggest of the time in TV and were kept busy.

    • Graceann says:

      Desi loved Lucy. He was not a faithful husband, and could not understand why she couldn't adapt to that, but he did love her. This story of his youth in Cuba, his climb through the ranks and his great love affair with Lucille Ball is well written, witty and thought provoking.

    • Anna says:

      I asked for this as a Christmas present in 4th grade and subsequently learned the words Syphilis and cunt! Now, for the review: it is a great book! Affirmed my love for Desi and really gets behind the scenes of the show, his marriage, and old Hollywood! Definitely an interesting read!

    • Sandollar3 says:

      Desi tells his autobiography in this book, starting with his birth in Cuba, their escape, and his tumultous marriage to Lucille Ball and the creation of "I Love Lucy", and well as many other successful TV shows.

    • Winter Sophia Rose says:

      A Fantastic & Revealing Read! Loved It!

    • pati says:

      Desi Arnaz was an incredible businessman! This is a riches-to-rags-to-riches story with a bit of juicy Hollywood thrown in for good measure.

    • Jake Stone says:

      This is going to sound strange considering the author but I have read better Desi Arnaz biography's. It seemed a bit on the disjointed side.

    • TheRLPL Rice Lake Public Library says:

      Patron Review:A favorite- Excellent biography of an overworked, overambitious entertainer and movie mogul.

    • Chris says:

      Five stars might be a tad rounded up, but I love "I Love Lucy," and Desi's story adds history and background to something already so special. Plus, it really was just a very interesting book.

    • Lacey Powell says:

      I enjoyed every minute of reading this book! It was very interesting to see things from Desi's perspective.

    • Krystelle says:

      One of my all-time favorite books. So genuine. So brutally honest. So much passion. A great autobiography of the man behind the red-head.

    • Stacey R says:

      Interesting because he was a big part of my childhood popular culture, and now my 10 year old loves I Love Lucy. Found out a lot of interesting tidbits about his life.

    • Sherrie74 says:

      Shortly after DJT made comments about immigrants and SH countries, Desi's granddaughter Kate wrote a very touching article about her granddad and how he came over from Cuba with only the clothes on his back and nothing else. If not for Desi Arnaz "I Love Lucy" would never have happened and who knows where Lucy's career would have gone. The way tv shows are filmed, even today, are still being done using Desi's techniques. After reading Kate's article I went through my boxes of books in basement a [...]

    • Lauren says:

      Why is this book out of print??? This is one of the best autobiographies I've read. He breaks down the complex goings on of early TV so simply. It a very fast paced book that I couldn't put down.

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