A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley

A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley - Neal Thompson Ripley was an odd child, buck-toothed and painfully shy he found solace in drawing. He was told that he talent would never allow him to amount to anything, but living in an age when newspapers used cartoonists instead of photographers, he managed to parley his talent into a career. Establishing himself among the best cartoonists of his time, he was able indulge in his passion for travel, which led to the concept of “Believe It Or Not!” Being an outsider himself helped him appreciate some of the oddities in human nature. Having overcome objections to follow his dreams he also had an appreciation for people who succeeded in unusual endeavours. Newspaper syndication, a popular radio show and books made Ripley a rich man. His personal life was filled with a mansion, many friends and many, many ladies.

Mr. Thompson gives readers of this book a well-researched and thorough biography of this fascinating man. Ripley truly is an example of someone who knew what he wanted and went ahead to achieve it. Mr. Thompson writes in an entertaining manner and supplies the reader with appropriate snippets from Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not” findings. A very enjoyable and entertaining read that allowed me to learn not only about Mr. Ripley but also about the newspapers, travel and society in the early 20th century. Definitely a book worth picking up.