I LOVED THIS! What a wonderful story. I loved it so much I sent Braeden a message on twitter he HIT IT! And the early chapters about the rise of Hitler and anti-German sentiment here in America totally resonate with me, being that I'm also a German-American. Nothing sucks more than being a kid and being called a "Nazi" at school...just because of your name. He gets it. He has led a fab life full of adventure and the more I read it the more I thought he was a lot like Victor Newman, except for the bad stuff. GREAT BOOK READ IT even if you don't watch The Young and The Restless this guy has been at this acting thing for a LONG TIME!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading tbis book and came away with a profound feeling of compassion, not only for the Jewish victims and survivors of the Holocaust, but also for the German citizens who conti nue to atone for grievious sins for which it must sometimes feel they will never be allowed to put their burden down, even for a moment. This surprised me. I did a study on this period of history in high school and have felt a lot of intense dislike for the Germans, who I considered to be murderers and villains, without any compassion for people who were Germans first and Nazis reluctantly. In the current politics of America, it may be that learning to forgive people for admittedly abhorrent sins that were committed over a decade before I was born, may make me better able to bridge today's American divide. Thank you, Eric Braeden, for your thoughtful honesty on this issue. Thank you, Hans Gudegast, for shedding light on this aspect of being German in a post-Nazi world. And the book ... the story ... it's a good life and a great read.
I expected another fluffy memoir from a soap star. What I read was a compelling story that went from World War II Germany to Hollywood. I have a feeling, like some intelligent actors, Eric Braedon is a wonderful raconteur, who can sit at the table for an hour and keep you spellbound with his stories. The Y&R is apparently seen in a lot of countries, and Victor is universally recognized. But it's his struggles with a childhood of post-war poverty, his coming to America and his comprehension of, and struggle with the German people and the crimes of the Third Riech that reveal a depth of character and understanding that has inspired him to do humanitarian work internationally and at home. All this and more, and it's above and beyond the usual self-serving claptrap of celebrities. A readable, thoughtful and enjoyable book. I'm sure all the Y&R fans have snapped this up already, but if you just want a good read, look into this.
My mother has watched Y&R my entire life, so she was very excited when she found out about Eric Braeden's autobiography. I ordered it for her, she read it cover to cover and loved it. When I came to visit, she insisted I read it. I've always enjoyed Braeden on Y&R and I am a HUGE fan of Colossus: The Forbin Project, so I gave it a try. This is an EXCELLENT actor's autobiography. I've read other autobiographies (such as Michael Caine's, another favorite actor) and been disappointed. Braeden doesn't pull punches here; this isn't a feel-good "every movie I've done is amazing, every actor I've met in my entire life is my best friend" book. He's honest about the kind of person he is, how he reacts to others for good or for bad, he has thoughtful insights about his native country and its past. He also attentively details the crazy plot machinations of Y&R, which is both interesting and hiliarious. And, there are numerous photos from his career and life. It was lovely to see a smiling and laughing Braeden with his family, as Victor Newman tends to mainly glower. If you admire Braeden's work from Rat Patrol, Colossus, Titanic, Planet of the Apes, and, obviously The Young and the Restless, read this book!
What an awesome book!! I couldn't put it down! Eric Braeden has rubbed elbows with Kings and Queens and Princes and Princesses from several major countries, and still he seems humble. He's very intelligent and would have made a great politician (his secret desire). He tells of his home country (Germany) after the war, when he was just a toddler. He tells what happened to them when his father died at an early age, and his 'coming to America'. It captured my attention right from the start. I'm now reading more books on 'The Young and Restless' stars. Well worth the time.
Have been watching Young & the Restless forever, even though I worked during the day. Eric Braeden is a versatle actor, as evidenced by the many movies he has been in previous to Y & R. Hearing his recollections of WWII really gave me great perspective. I wish I had learned this in school! Plus, he has extensive knowledge of sports and was quite the soccer player himself! He also provided details on past castmates, though not much regarding Y & R. I could have used more Jeanne Cooper! Eric apparently has a wonderful, talented family. For those who think he is a controlling inflexible tyrant (as he portrays his character) this book will open your mind as to your opinion of him as a person.. Thank you, Eric!
I have watched The Young and the Restless since the 1980's. What a treat to read the true backstory about one of my favorite actors! I used to think "I'll bet he used to box" when I watched him give pointers to his "sons" and now I KNOW he did! Eric's (or Hans') history is truly fascinating and I could hear him telling it in my head as I read it. "I'll Be Damned" is a phrase he uses frequently on the show... and couldn't be a more perfect title for this actor's story. I loved it!