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Fire Bone!: A Maverick Guide to a Life in Journalism [Kindle Edition]

Robert W. Bone

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Book Description

In 1968, future “gonzo journalist” Hunter S. Thompson predicted Bob Bone would write a book someday “on How to Beat the NY Big Salary-Death-in-Life Syndrome.”

This, at last, is that book.

Robert W. Bone has visited every continent and covered at least 75 countries. For four decades, thousands of travelers to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand carried the latest editions of his prize-winning Maverick Guides or read his groundbreaking work on the “last frontier,” Fielding’s Alaska and the Yukon. He wrote travel articles for magazines, and using his personal syndication system, hundreds more for the travel sections of newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Thompson joined him on some of his early adventures in the U.S. and abroad, admiring Bone’s ability to live the kind of life that office drones dream of.

Put the formula down on paper, Thompson wrote him:
“Shit, you’d sell 50,000 copies in NY alone.”

Fire Bone! is an unvarnished memoir of thrilling experiences with newspapers, magazines and book publishers, and the childhood and youthful love affairs that led up to them.

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About the Author

For nearly three-quarters of a century, travel writer Robert W. Bone has been a successful writer, author, editor, and photographer in the U.S. and abroad. He grew up in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, and began newspaper work while still in college. And as a young Army lieutenant, he edited Army training manuals and other publications. Bob Bone has been employed by the Buffalo Courier-Express, the Middletown (N.Y.) Daily Record, the San Juan (Puerto Rico) Star, the New York Post, the Honolulu Advertiser, and the London Bureau of United Press. He was also editor-in-chief of Brazilian Business magazine in Rio de Janeiro, news editor of Popular Photography magazine in New York, and a picture editor on the staff of Time-Life Books. His first free-lancing stint was at the 1958 World Fair in Brussels. He also did radio news spots for NBC News in South America and later was a stringer for Time magazine in Hawaii. In 1968, Bone began to concentrate on travel subjects when he joined the late Temple Fielding, then known as the dean of American guidebook writers. Headquartered with Fielding in Mallorca, Spain, he traveled extensively while working on the annual Fielding’s Travel Guide to Europe and other books. Bob was with Fielding when his employer was featured in a cover story in Time magazine. Bob Bone lived in Hawaii from 1971-2008. During that time he became known in the publishing world for beginning the Maverick Guide series of books. He wrote multiple editions of the Maverick guides to Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand. He also wrote Fielding’s Alaska and the Yukon. His articles and photographs have appeared in many national magazines, including the National Geographic Traveler, and newspaper travel sections, including the Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe.. He has done web articles for USA Today, America Online, WatchBoom, and his own feature magazine He was the first alumnus to be inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame by Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. When not traveling or visiting his long-time home in Honolulu, he lives with his wife, Sara, in Walnut Creek, California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3330 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Peripety Press U.S.A. (29 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M8U448Y
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The World, According to Bone 13 July 2014
By rick carroll - Published on
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I know a rich man who has been around the world 22 times (he sells jets in Dubai) who has never had as much fun as Robert W. Bone, the New York Times’ best-selling author whose new memoir, is a jolly global romp Hunter Thompson decades ago urged him to write - and Bone did at last.

His epic memoir takes you on a journey with good wife Sarah, and cats (always a good idea), and kids on a lifelong nomadic adventure, and wonder of all is, at 80 something, he still wanders, taking notes and photos, explaining the world at large in a few words, one story at a time.

I laugh now recalling our good times together in Kyoto and Nagoya. When he hit the Pachinko jackpot.

Other travel writers escape to complain, or go inside their mind to seek answers to life.

Bone delivers a straight ahead agile account of his life of adventure and reveals how he got away with it. When the getting was good.

Reading Bone is like sitting down over a Fosters in the Nuku'alofa Club and asking: Where have you been lately?.

In his remarkable memoir Bone, the last of the old-time travel writers, tells a great story on himself.

I hear him chuckling now. Hunter Thompson, too.

Rick Carroll
Author The Eyes of Easter Island, and others
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars o 31 July 2014
By arlene walker - Published on
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See the world through the eyes of a journalist; photographer and writer. His adventures will keep you looking for more in each chapter. Best of all it is true. Easy reading with old pictures included. Be ready to pack your bags for a trip of your own.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Fire Bone, Just Buy the Book--it's an extraordinary read! 8 Aug. 2014
By Thomas C. Wilmer - Published on
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Robert Bone's story telling style reminds me very much of Charles Kuralt. Bone tells engaging stories of his long journey as an international travel journalist, with a remarkably similar, enchanting and humble voice. I have traveled on assignment in Bone's company to Micronesia and Guam, and I was just as impressed with Bone's professionalism and humbleness on the ground, as I was with his words in his most captivating book. Fire Bone hooked me immediately...and it instantly became one of those special, addictive reads---you know, the book you just can't put down...and you find yourself reading way past midnight and then wishing you could stay home the next day to read on. For anyone just starting their professional career, his tales will serve as a vivid window in to a long vanished era of journalism. Don't Fire Bone--Buy the Book! I am really glad that I did--and I learned whole new layers of Bone that I never knew--like his life long friendship with the legendary Hunter S. Thompson. How Cool!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating tale of how an ordinary man became extraordinary. 26 Jan. 2015
By P. Coil - Published on
Come along with Bob Bone as he travels the world. His well written and edited autobiography describes the fascinating tale of an ordinary man from Ohio, who through hard work and ability, achieves an extraordinary life as a photojournalist and travel writer.

He was never afraid to leave one job for another more challenging one. After graduation from Bowling Green State University and a stint in the Army, he began his career on the Buffalo Courier Express. Through the years he worked for the Middletown Daily Record, San Juan Star, Popular Photography, Brazilian Business Magazine, Time-Life Books, Fielding Guides, and Honolulu Advertiser.

While in Hawaii he authored three guide books: Maverick Guide to Hawaii, Maverick Guide to Australia and Maverick Guide to New Zealand.

If you are a photojournalist, you will enjoy following the evolution of photography from the speed graphic, Bone used on his first newspaper beat, to the high powered digital camera he uses now for his travel articles.

Travelers will delight in his stories of his travels around the world as he meets everyone from Hunter S. Thompson to Charles Kuralt.

The reader is pulled into his journeys as he looks for love in all the wrong places until he finds and marries the perfect woman for him. Particularly enjoyable are all the descriptions of his bachelor pads and the odd and interesting automobiles that he drove.

All in all it was a very informative and entertaining book about the past and the future of journalism.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toronto This book is as good as sitting down with Bob Bone 2 Sept. 2014
By Ulla Colgrass - Published on
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From Ulla Colgrass, Toronto

This book is as good as sitting down with Bob Bone, except we now get the entire story instead of the most recent event to stir his imagination. His ability to focus with endless curiosity propelled him around the world, camera in hand, and I thank him for taking us along. What a great ride!

I worked with Bob when he first hung out with that naughty boy Hunter Thompson. Whenever our paths cross at long intervals it’s always the same interested, funny and endlessly curious Bone. Fortunately he has a good memory and takes us back to his unconventional childhood and beyond -- even to the possibility of being a direct descendant of Queen Victoria! And how surprising to read about all those girls that swarmed around him until he found Sara.

“Fire Bone!” offers an intimate view of a truly self-made man who steadfastly followed his bliss. We learn about geography, nature, history and social upheavals, Bob and his many friends in this very entertaining book. You don’t need to know him to enjoy it.
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