The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Upby Andrew Tobias, John Reid (Other), John Reid
John Reid's The Best Little Boy in the World was hailed as a classic memoir of growing up gay in a straight world. But "John Reid" didn't write it. Years would pass before the writer could reveal his true identity as Andrew Tobias, America's bestselling financial guru, author of The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need. Now, twenty-five years later,
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This second memoir from Andrew Tobias has as its message that the situation for gay people has improved dramatically over the past thirty years. He illustrates this thesis by telling the story of his own success (along with a few failures and embarassments). All this is done with a light touch. My frustrations with the book are probably a function of Tobias's friendly personality. He doesn't seem to dislike anyone. Anyone can change, and Andy thinks he can be a good influence. And I suppose he's right. Because he has wealth and ivy-league connections he can play a politics of schmoozing that most of us cannot, and he is very good at it. Tobias realizes that other people in other situations have other contributions to make. So his book is never patronizing. Those of us who use other political methods should return the favor.