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Rickles' Book: A Memoir

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  641 ratings  ·  95 reviews
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ebook, 288 pages
Published May 8th 2007 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2007)
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This should've been SO MUCH BETTER. Avoid it! Even if you're a fan of this sardonic windbag. He's still a hero of mine, but the guy who convinced him to chop up his life into attention deficit sized bites should be punched in the nuts. Each chapter is just another clever little one to three page anecdote. Not really a thorough memoir, as such. This guy's life could fill THREE books if done right. Instead, I'm left with tiny snippets that don't quite satisfy my hunger for stories of Rickles. How ...more
Craig Stock
Very fast read

The stories are entertaining and funny. As with most great books, I'm sad it's over. I could read another 20 chapters.
Chris Witt
You won't get anything out of this book that you couldn't get by reading or watching an interview with Rickles. Once you remove all the blank pages, this comes out to be about 100 pages long. It's just a series of 2- and 3-page segments that tell stories from his life, but it's not particularly illuminating. If you see it at a dollar store, feel free to pick it up. Otherwise, watch him on Letterman. The old man is still sharp and does a good job when he's on with Dave. If you'd rather watch him ...more
One of the first records I owned was "Hello Dummy" by Don Rickles, an acidic attack on every minority to ever walk the earth,and it was devastatingly funny. Rickles' Book is a lot like that, quick, short and funny. I liked the sections dealing with his humble beginnings performing at strip clubs and his wild epsiodes acting in exploitation films like The Man With The X-Ray Eyes and the Beach Party film series. Unfortunately the last third of the vook collapses when he turns the book into his gus ...more
Phil Melcher
It's no secret to those close to me that I think Don Rickles is by far the greatest stand-up act ever. Name me one other act who could put both big name stars like Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope on the same plateau as Jim from Nebraska visiting Las Vegas for the first time? Don's insult humor was always done with a bit of fact it may be why Johnny Carson really did refer to Don as "Mr. Warmth". This is a charming book written by Don Rickles that recalls his early days the son of Max and ...more
William Redd
I'm throwing off the rating curve because I think people seriously misunderstood what they were getting into picking up a book about Rickles BY Rickles.

The man has a very unique style of storytelling, one that is hard to capture in written form. The fact that he and David Ritz managed to do that, and do it brilliantly, should make this book celebrated. Also, it's a book on Don Rickles, so enjoy the ride ya hockey pucks!

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Rickles has had a fascinating life, and reading
Max Jones
I wanted more. The bit about all the comedians in trench coats was good, but it definitely could have used more CPO Sharkey anecdotes.
Lately, I've been watching a ton of the old Dean Martin celebrity roasts. And whenever Rickles appears, I look forward to his monologue. In these roasts, he is very aggressive with his humor, but when he gets sentimental/sincere, it's flabbergasting! These moments made me curious about his life and I quickly devoured this book in a single sitting.

This books is very short, especially considering the career that Rickles had, and I feel that so much more could have been said. Basically, this is a b
Blog on Books
Hey, Hockey Puck! What ya readin’? Can’t you hear him now? For 50 years, Don Rickles has made people laugh, mostly by making fun of them and often venturing into territory no man in his right mind would go. In ‘Rickles’ Book’ (he couldn’t come up with a title), the man chronicles his life from his early days in Brooklyn taking any jobs he could get as an entertainer (bar mitzvahs and weddings were the mainstays back then) to his slow-but-steady rise to fame in the clubs of New York, Miami, Holly ...more
okay, i've been a MODERATE fan of rickles...meaning i saw him guest-star on my beloved childhood favorite tv show "gilligan's island" as a big-mouth kidnapper. rickles is an insult comic. you have to get that in order to get the book. it's a very snappish, honest narrative about the life of a performer back in the days of railroad trains, variety shows, and a skinny frank sinatra, with whom he's rubbed elbows on more than one occassion.

to be honest, i think watching an interview of don rickles p
Mr. Kovach
"Oh, that's okay, father. Frank wouldn't mind. I leaned on him my whole life." - Rickles to a priest at Sinatra's funeral when the Father pointed out that Rickles was leaning on the coffin

A fun, breezy, but revealing autobiography of one of my favorite comics ever. It's a series of short vignettes about his life, from boyhood to struggling comic, to enormous success. Very interesting and nostalgic (probably only for long-time Rickles fans like me). I never knew he was from Jackson Heights, Queen
Saw Rickles in an Indian casino recently and he KILLED! What an inspiration. In his mid-80s, Rickles stomped the stage and owned the audience, his hair-trigger tongue as agile as it has ever been.

But Rickles was never a traditional stand-up, eschewing the written joke in favor of the in-the-moment, cold-cocking ad-lib. "Rickles' Book" suffers mainly in comparison to the explosive wit of the man in flesh. The anecdotes are pleasant enough, and the old-timey show biz stories about Sinatra and Bob
A most fun autobiography by Don Rickles, the master of mean.

Each chapter is an anecdote from his past, leading up to the person he has peroudly become.

Learn how he broke into show business & the role his mother played in his success, also when he met Frank Sinatra & "the boys" & didn't quite soil himself in fear.
Rickles' memoir was an easy read and quite fascinating. Though the book isn't all that thick it is filled with bits of Rickles' that allow the reader to check under the hood and see what makes this man run. I expected a wise-ass abrasive commentary on life but what I got was an outline of the times and how Rickles' life fed into it all. I also learned bits about Sinatra who was an integral part of Rickles' life, events others would either dare not mention or approach in a trashy tell-all journal ...more
Richard Bennett
FUNNY ! No dirty laundry, no family skeletons, just a guy who wants to make it as an 'insult' comic, and succeeds way beyond what he ever imagined. Strangely enough, he's a close-knit family man, who loved his mother & father & still loves his (only) wife. Refreshing to see, enjoyable to read. 2 thumbs up
David Kudlinski
Like all of us, I watched Don Rickles on TV and in movies throughout my life. What impresses me is that although he is an improvisational comedian, who likes to single people out in the audience and joke about them, he does it with a lot of restraint, class, and professionalism. The book shows his deep sense of humility, family and love for his many friends. I was surprised to find out our Apollo 17 astronauts even listened to one of his comedy tapes on the moon. He was a good friend of Sinatra ...more
There was no one funnier than Don Rickles in his prime. I still laugh out loud when I watch clips on YouTube. He has some good stories in this book too. This aging thing is all a little sad.
pat hopson
Not enough juice

Don needs to tell some of the hard times. He loved everyone that's not realistic. I need more meat in a bio. Sorry Don rickles
I think I can best describe this book as feeling like you're on your couch flipping through TV stations and on each one Don Rickles is doing a different talk show telling a different story. It was good quick read, but nothing really resonates. Also I probably would have liked this a lot more if I was from my Dad's generation because there was always at least one person who I never heard of in his stories. Here's me paraphrasing:

"So there we were, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, the great Ralphy Yoon
Feb 04, 2013 Marfita rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: devotees of the Rat Pack
Shelves: biography
This is merely a collection of anecdotes from Rickles' life. It gives absolutely no insight into his true character or how he developed his comedy. Of course, readers would probably be fans who could hear his delivery when reading or would be more interested in stories about Frank Sinatra and other people of that era than in a story about a performer developing his craft.
I have seen the so-called "private" side of Rickles, in its televised form. It seems to be a caricature of self-effacing humi
Light, zippy, anecdotal read from the "King of the Zing", who proves to be infectiously full of life. Written very conversationally, you can hear his unmistakable voice coming off the page to relate tales of Vegas in the 60's and Miami Beach in the 50's. Rickles really has seen it all and then some, but don't expect a ton of details. This is really 200 pages or so of his memories of his days and longs nights in the biz, and the remarkable run-ins with many a show-biz legend. Maybe his next book ...more
I was really looking forward to this book, but found it very disappointing. the book is really just a collection of 2-4 page vignettes about Rickles's career, friends and family. some of the short stories are touching, some are funny, but mostly they just are... as Rickles point out several time during the book, his comedy does not come across in writing that well. the most interesting stuff is about Rickles' life long friendship with Sinatra. it would have been a better book, if he had just foc ...more
Jul 28, 2007 Jenny rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one!
This book sucked ass. It was not very well written and it really didn't reveal much about Don Rickles. He spent most of the 256 pages making fun of other people. I thought I'd be reading an actual memoir about his life, but no. I love him as a comedian but he should stick to stand-up. Writing novels is definitely not his forte. And he even had a co-author! --- Actually, the only reason that I read this book is because it was part of a book club that I am in and I was obligated.
May 01, 2010 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rickles and Rat Pack fans
Rickles' Book is a good, quick read for fans of Don Rickles. It's full of short little recollections and anecdotes that provide glimpses into a different era of entertainment. It's funnier if it's read with Rickles' voice in your head - to hear it as if he is telling you the stories face-to-face. It paints a wonderful picture of a very talented comic who is truly thankful for his success and good fortune.
Rob Smith
Filled with Don Rickles life in stories and humor. Each chapter broken up mostly in anecdotes that also manages to connect all of Rickles professional and personal life. His Sinatra stories will put any Sinatra fan on the floor as well as being poignant about Sinatra's last years. This is a book that is very quick to read but well worth the very good structuring and the understanding of a performers life.
Rich Meyer
Fun and irreverent autobiography by one of the last great comedians of the fifties. Rickles' Book gives a reader a true sense of Don's personal history, from his beginnings to Sinatra to his TV and movie work. Don Rickles is really one of the last living icons of classic comedy. This book is an excellent read for any fan of stand-up comedy or Rickles' himself.
Sep 02, 2007 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comedy fans
Shelves: memoir
Although not great literature, this was such a fun book to read. Don Rickles has done it all, seen it all, and known them all. A sweet family man, with friends ranging from Sinatra to Newhart, he tells us stories about his career and family life. There are no scandals or drug rehab events here - just a nice man's nice life spent insulting everyone around him!
Maybe 2 and a half.

I can't say what supernatural force led me to my local library branch to SEEK OUT and then READ most of Rickles' book. He's got a lot of one liners in there, it's just that I don't get them (how they're funny, that is). Definitely a character, though, and from another time (Pals with Sinatra, etc.), still going strong. Very life-affirming.
Hugely disappointing. It was as if someone just transcribed a bunch of his anecdotes without ever once asking a follow-up question to give the stories more depth. I'm a fairly slow reader and I finished the book in a day. "Chapters" ranged in length from about two pages to half a page. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone but a diehard Rickles fan (as I am).
Neither funny nor all that interesting, I decided to read this book after watching a recent documentary about Don Rickles on cable. Unfortunately, the book is incredibly sparse and all the interesting stories included were already told in the documentary.

On the upside, after reading this book Don does seem like a generally likeable guy.
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Donald Jay "Don" Rickles is an American stand-up comedian and actor. A frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Rickles has acted in comedic and dramatic roles, but is best known as an insult comic. However, unlike many insult comics who only find short-lived success, Rickles has enjoyed a sustained career, thanks to a distinct sense of humor, a very sharp wit and impeccable timi ...more
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