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Bogart: In Search of My Father

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  196 ratings  ·  21 reviews
For countless millions, Humphrey Bogart's screen performances and real-life persona merged to make him one of the world's most fabled figures - a legend of mythic proportions. Or, as his Sam Spade would have put it - the stuff that dreams are made of. But for his only son, Stephen, eight years old in 1957 when his father died of lung cancer, Humphrey Bogart's giant shadow ...more
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Published September 28th 2009 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published 1995)
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I really enjoy books about real people. Celebrities, famous people I really enjoy reading about their lives and what makes them tick. I went through a stage many years ago where all I wanted to do was watch old movies. I watched, Key Largo, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Sabrina, and a bunch of John Wayne westerns. I was mesmerized by these movies. They are so different from the movies of today. Of all the oldies I saw, I became especially fond of Humphrey Bogart. His style was so unique. I was ...more
India Celeste
This book was nowhere on my reading list until I came across it in the library. It was BRILLIANT! I had no idea I would laugh SO much at the stories that Stephen Bogart (Humphrey's son) recounts from his own life and his father's. Every day I read this book, it seemed like I was reading about modern day's Charlie Sheen. Bogart (or Bogie) was a dynamic personality off-screen who was also very introspective and insecure about the people around him. We discover Bogart as his son is discovering and ...more
This was a very quick read - although I'm in the middle of too many other books at the moment, I picked it up in the library, took a peek, was instantly hooked... brought it home and read right through to the end.

It didn't tell me much about Bogart that I didn't already know, but it was interesting to read his son's thoughts and memories and see how he feels his own life has reflected aspects of his father's life and personality at times. It's also written in an enjoyably dry style - I liked St
If you are a Bogart fan, this is a must read.
I thought this an interesting, honest look at the life of Bogie through the eyes of his son as shared with him by friends and family, since he was only 8 when Bogart died. Very touching paragraphs between chapters of he and his mother visiting the house where he grew up and Bogie died.
May 11, 2014 Marcia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any bogart or classic movie fan
...amazing, insightful, unique look into Bogie's world from the people who knew him best. I should've had a tissue box nearby for that last chapter though. I giggled, grimaced and said "That was Bogie" or "Yup, that's Bacall's way for ya." too many times to count.
It was a great read. I especially liked hearing bogart's story from the perspective of his son. Usually with biographies, I prefer to read autobiographies, as I feel they're more apt to be true. With biographies, you have to take some information with a grain of salt, depending on who the author and who the author's sources are. With this book, having been written by Humphrey Bogart's son, and with great sources like Lauren Bacall and Katharine Hepburn, it is easy to believe that almost all info ...more
I had to stop reading this book. If you're interested in Bogart, there has to be better sources for information about his private life than this book, which is essentially a place to learn about his son and how he came to terms with his father's fame and his father's death when Stephen was just eight. Stephen comes off poorly in the book, as does Bogart, who apparently was a jack-ass who was too busy being "unconventional" to notice how boring he was. I'll keep my image of the man based on his w ...more
A moving part biography/part autobiography by Stephen Bogart who lost his famous father to cancer at the age of 8 and then struggled to forge his own identity apart from being "the son of Humphrey Bogart." A cathartic work and an enjoyable read.
After reading Lauren Bacall's autobio this is a nice followup - Looking at Bogie from another side. You hear him relate stories that Bacall references as well but it is from a young son's perspective instead of Bogie's wife. Gives more of a well rounded perspective on the man, myth, legend...
It is nice to read a book by a celebrity's child that is not whiney and how bad my life was.

Stephen does have some complaints, but they are legit, and he seems to have come through ok.

Ok book, all up, bit light considering the topic.
I was glad of the chance to read Stephen Bogart's 1996 memoir, now reissued on Kindle. Most of it was nothing new, but it was interesting to read a son's perspective.
It was a quick read - insightful about an actor's family who's films I enjoy - good thing he had a ghost writer to help - not particularly well written.
Pretty good quick read that is especially interesting when read on the heels of his mother's memoirs.
Christine Brennen-leigh
Pretty much the same content as his mother's book, but not as well written.
Great opening line.
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