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Eddie Haskell was the bad kid who never went away.

When child actor Ken Osmond stepped onto the set of Leave It to Beaver in 1957, he not only entered our living rooms, he homesteaded a permanent place in the American pop culture. The poster child for sneaky, rotten kids everywhere, he was the reference point for cautious mothers to warn their children about. And everyone in America knew an Eddie Haskell at some point in his or her lives.

The amazing phenomenon of Ken Osmond’s character is still going strong over half a century after the show’s cancellation. Even today, the name Eddie Haskell remains firmly entrenched in the American lexicon. Political foes from both sides of the ideological spectrum love to accuse their opponents of "acting like Eddie Haskell", and when Kobi Bryant argues a referee’s call, tweets go out labeling him as an "Eddie Haskell". Psychology Today Magazine has published articles about recognizing and treating "Eddie Haskell Syndrome" and Matt Groening created Bart Simpson as his own version of “the son of Eddie Haskell".

Now it’s time to meet Ken Osmond, the man behind America’s preeminent bad boy. A man who, as co-star Jerry Mathers said, “...was the best actor on the program, because he was so diametrically opposed to the character he played." A devoted husband, father and patriot, he’s a man who’s been forever shadowed by Eddie Haskell, but whose own life was even more amazing than the character he portrayed.

©2014 Ken Osmond and Christopher J. Lynch (P)2018 Ken Osmond and Christopher J. Lynch

What listeners say about Eddie: The Life and Times of America's Preeminent Bad Boy

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  • JM
  • 06-30-21

Great Autobiography

Very good autobiography of Ken Osmond, recommended...with great narration by Gary Fearon & Kelly Cruise...Everybody who grew up in the early to mid sixties knows who Eddie Haskell is. He was the wise cracking, butt kissing (to Mrs. Cleaver) best friend of Wally Cleaver and a star on the hit TV show Leave It To Beaver... This was a great autobiography,
I knew Ken Osmond was an LAPD police officer for almost 20 years, and was even shot in the line of duty (but not killed),but I learned a whole bunch of other stuff that I did not know, also a lot of great excerpts from his wife of 49 years until his death in 2018.
So if you were a fan of the tv show I would highly recommend listening to this audiobook. Also it was well narrated.

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Trip down memory lane

Fantastic book; the only bad part is I wish it was longer! I had no idea Ken Osmond lived such an interesting life.

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You gotta love Eddie

Eddie Haskell, the myth, the man, the legend. You will love it. The book gives insight into our favorite villian, the guy everybody loved to hate.

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Good evening Mrs Cleaver that's a lovely ....

I grew up in the 1960s but I remember Leave it to Beaver reruns forever. I was born in 1954 so I definitely relate to the characters I remember the clean cut guys and the letter sweaters and the whole collegiate look. It was a sweeter gentler time to be sure. as much as you want to say that the Leave it to Beaver show was homogenized I remember Ward's talks and some of the advice he gave to his sons. Imagine my surprise when Eddie Haskell turned out to be one of the clean cut guys in real life.He was a representative of what makes America great. he's the kind of upstanding citizen we don't make anymore. I remember my brother going to my elderly Neighbors and shoveling their walks never asking a cent. That's the kind of thing people did in those days. People didn't whine about their circumstances and you always knew who the adults were and who the children were. The book was very enjoyable read and he had some very interesting ways of introducing the chapters by asking an intriqiing question before the chapter began which you would solve by the end of the chapter. Eddie Haskell made Leave it to Beaver realistic and fun. Ken Osmond was nothing like Eddie and lived an exemplary life. He and his wife Sandy gave us two Sons to carry out their All American Legacy. a very easy enjoyable and eye opening read about America's bad boy.

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WONDERFUL AND CANDID BOOK!

This is my first book review. This book is FANTASTIC...AMAZING! If you are a Leave it to Beaver fan, as I am, and love all their characters and especially Eddie, you will LOVE this book. It is more candid than ANY autobiography I have EVER read, not to mention ENTERTAINING and INTERESTING!!! It held my attention so much, that I got through it on only ONE sitting, which is very unusual for me. You will LOVE it!!!

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Eddie shines in his mischief and glory.

Loved it.A must for fans.It relays life before and after both shows, tragedy in actors life and family.The blessings that manifested and the lasting legacy.

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Eddie Lives

Great time and very informative about an American cultural icon...
Star, hero and... like his father... A Good Man...

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  • michael64
  • 06-09-20

Eddie Haskell

Great insight into a marvelous TV sitcom of the 50's. The narrator was exceptional and it felt like it was Eddie himself speaking. Such an interesting & dramatic life. Special mention to Sandy who was the love of his life for 50 odd years. Don't often see that in Hollywood