New York Timesbestseller Fred Rogers (19282003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously. The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogerss personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, TheGood Neighbor is the definitive port...
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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers Reviews
What a disappointment.
5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%.
This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Repeatedly. Sometimes the same statement is repeated 3 times in a single chapter with slightly different wording. Great, yeah we know Fred spend a summer in an air conditioned room because of his asthma. I don't need to hea ...more
This is the book that I’ve wanted to read for years. It is a thorough and insightful account of a man I respect. I’m not one to have have personal hero’s, except for Fred Rogers.
I grew up watching Mister Rogers’s Neighbored, a show that will always hold a special place in my memory. It was only until recently however, during this age where vitriol and “winning” are worshiped above all else, that I’ve come to appreciate just how unique and powerful Fred Rogers was.
Review title: Making good on television
If you haven't seen the recent documentary about Fred "Mister" Rogers, you need to buy it on disc or stream it; warning, you will laugh and cry. In the meantime, read Maxwell King's biography, which might serve as a working scrip of the documentary. And I think both will make a great foundation for understanding and enjoying the forthcoming Hollywood biopic (based on Esquire magazine writer Tom Junod's account of his coverage of Fred Rogers) with Tom Hanks ...more
Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND a certain nostalgia factor for a large but relevant audience from North America. A nice, heartwarming refrain throughout the book was that Rogers was a 'what you see is what you get'-type of man -- devout, well-me ...more
Very well written and researched. I learned a lot that I didn't know about Mr. Rogers before. Things have been very tense in the country lately and this book has been a comfort to me. Just reading about Mr. Rogers is calming. If you miss your television neighbor, this is the book for you.
I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad.
I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I really hope there's a little more editing prior to the actual publication date....OR IS THIS JUST HOW AVERAGE ADULT NONFICTION READS? I have been spoiled by the likes of the 57 Bus and Vincent and Theo.
What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don’t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone remembers the man in the cardigan but no one knew him. After reading this book I feel like I know him and more than that, I miss him. I wish that I had incorporated him into my child’s life at a young age. I wish I c ...more
"i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath, suicide bombings or teenagers shooting teenagers? what choices encourage heroism in the midst of chaos?"the good neighbor: the life and work of fred rogers is a comprehensive biography of mister rogers, one of th ...more