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Don't Hassel the Hoff
by David Hasselhoff
Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN 0-312-37129-2
Published May 2007 - Hardcover - 298 pages - $24.95

I think it's safe to say nearly everybody knows who David Hasselhoff is.  They most certainly would recognize his picture if it were shown to them.  Love him or hate him, you've got to admire him.  And wow, does he look great for having just turned 55!  He starts his book off with a little bit about his early years in Jacksonville, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia, and about his acting debut and his fellow actors he studied with (Ed Harris, Christopher Reeve, and Robin Williams among others).  It's always interesting to find out the hows and whys of a well-known person's rise to fame.  We think we know all about public personalities, but generally, all we read is gossip.  This is why I like autobiographies - you're usually getting the full story.  And Hasselhoff has quite a story.  He knew he wanted to be an actor from an early age, and he took whatever performing/acting work that he could get - he spent six years on The Young and the Restless.  He talks about his first marriage (to Catherine Hickland), his second marriage and his two daughters, the end of Knight Rider, his singing success in Europe, his travels around the world, and the many people he met - Princess Diana being just one of them.  I remember when "Michael Knight" burst onto the scene, and I recall going to the parking lot of a mall to watch Hasselhoff sing - this was in the 80s in Cape Town, South Africa, and brave of him to come.  I know he'll understand why I don't live there anymore.  (I'm referring to the 80s and the remnants and reflections thereof - page 106.)  I didn't know he was a singer.  I loved reading how interested he is in helping sick children, and how he goes out of his way to visit hospitals, sign autographs, and generally to just be nice.  He also talks about his drinking and spells at rehab, but doesn't dwell on it.  I admired his enthusiasm and his belief in positive thinking.  I guess being a nice guy makes it so much easier for others to like him back.  And like him they do - in their droves.  Mr. Hasselhoff is a very sensitive person and we've all seen him being moved to tears on America's Got Talent.  An admirable quality in my book.  Visit David's website.  (Published in British English - theatre, colour, humour, centre, etc.)
Conclusion - A positive message throughout the book.  Hasselhoff seems like a really nice guy and has written a really nice book.

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