A Curious Man (MP3): The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley

by Neal Thompson, Marc Cashman

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The biography of "Believe it or Not!" creator Robert Ripley, an enigmatic cartoonist turned globe-trotting playboy millionaire, who achieved global celebrity through larger than life showmanship and by documenting and celebrating the world's strangest oddities.

Robert "Believe It or Not" Ripley was Howard Hughes crossed with P.T. Barnum, a lonely, buck-toothed cartoonist turned eccentric millionaire and renowned world-traveler who in the 1930's and 1940's earned incredible wealth and international fame by journeying to the farthest corners of the earth in search of the world's most exotic curiosities. But for all his success in uncovering oddities, no piece of Ripley's collection was as remarkable as the man himself--from his youth as an awkward young artist with an innate empathy for "freaks," to his golden years spent on a private island stocked with rare artifacts and strange pets, Ripley lived life on the kind of grand scale normally confined to fiction. A Curious Man is his great American story, told for the first time: a thrilling tale of an underdog who taught the nation to believe in the unbelievable.

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