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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 1998
I have always been a fan of James Doohan, and this book does an excellent job telling his story. His involvement in D-Day, the early acting jobs, his struggle with his father, and of course his involvement with Star Trek. Doohan is also very candid in his feelings (both good and bad) for his fellow Trek castmates, and on the "new" Star Trek. If you are a fan of Star Trek, pick this book up. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2012
Done in collaboration with Peter David, who compiled and edited together his discussions with Jimmy Doohan, this autobiography offers us the chance to know more about the man who became an inspiration to fans, engineers and astronauts. Concise and with simple descriptions, Jimmy Doohan narrates his career on Star Trek TV series, movies, and fan convetions, but he also discuss his childhood in Canada, and his military life during World War Two. In fact, there are more information about his life outside of Star Trek than about the TV show, but I was happy about that because we got to find out more about Jimmy than Scotty, because I think that Jimmy's life is an imprtant way to understand why Scotty was such a popular character with fans since as he said in this book, Scotty is 1% Scottish, 99% Jimmy. Not only that it is a good way to find out how his acting career evolved from working in Canada and the American East Coast to going to Hollywood.

Of course, Jimmy mentions his friendships and conflicts he had on Star Trek, such as with William Shatner, but he also comments certain episodes, which I loved because they allow us to see, under a different perspective, storylines that we may have loved or disliked.

As this biography was done in 1996, and since there are no reedition of this book, I wish someone could do another biograhy about this actor, for I think that it would be nice to see Jimmy's perspective on his life between 1996 until his death in 2005. If not, it would be nice to have extra chapters included in a reedition of this book, either on paperback or on Kindle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2011
This is a great read the Late James Doohan gives an emotional insight from childhood to the end of Star Trek and conventions
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on 11 October 2014
An amazing story from a man who saw so many things.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 1997
The latest addition to the library of "Star Trek" cast memoirs is undeniably the worst. A more appropriate title would be "Unemployed Except for Star Trek." Were this account of bit parts and waiting for Godot (i.e., the Big Break) written with honesty, introspection, and wit, a story of a struggling, largely unsuccessful actor could make interesting reading. Unfortunately, Doohan seems oblivious to the fact that "Trek" was his Big Break; his lack of acting ability and his penchant for bad accents precluded his capitalizing on it. His acting was not good enough to transcend the stereotype and subsequent caricatures of him. Yet Doohan the Great Artiste berates us all for failing to recognize his theatrical genius. Throughout the book he sounds either like a spoiled brat or a pretentious video store clerk. And he needed a co-writer to do it! Sheesh. One would think that Jon Lovitz modeled his "Master Thespian" parody after Doohan -- this book is that bad. As a fan of the original "Trek," I feel this book insulted my intelligence.
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on 20 July 2014
good condition
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 1999
You can't believe everything you read, and certainly not anything in this book. According to Jimmy, every director he's ever worked for thinks he's the greatest actor in history (question: if this is true why is he constantly unemployed and living off his (ex-)wives?) According to Jimmy, he is a devout Catholic (if this is true, how can he be thrice-divorced?) More oddities -- according to Jimmy, every woman (especially any woman who had ANYthing to do with Trek) he has ever met has fallen madly in love with him and begged him to sleep with her. (Yes, he's taken most of them up on it.) According to Jimmy, he single-handedly saved the Allies from the Nazis. Yeah, right. To those of you who LIKED this book, where were your brains when you read it? This book is only good as an exercise in shameless self-promotion.
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