The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers (Hardcover)
I always enjoy biographies & this one is no exception. I really knew nothing about Fred Rogers & while this book delivers the basic information about his childhood, his parents, his wife & colleagues, it also delved into what motivated Fred Rogers to become Mister Rogers. One quote really stood out for me: "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?" A wonderful book about a truly good, kind & innovative man.— Kim
September 2018 Indie Next List
“A wonderful biography of an American icon who seemed too good to be true. And yet, believe it or not, he was an even better, more caring man than he portrayed on television. If you are a fan of Fred Rogers and want to understand what drove him to create Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, this is an essential read. Learning more about Rogers’ life through the words of his family and friends in this well-researched and comprehensive biography will give you even more reason to admire the man. And when’s the last time a biography made you cry tears of joy?”
— James Wilson, Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA
Fred Rogers (1928–2003) 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 Rogers’s 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, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.
About the Author
— David McCullough
— LeVar Burton
— Julie Lythcott-Haims
— David Bianculli
— Jackie Bezos