Cleveland Amory: Media Curmudgeon and Animal Rights Crusader

Cleveland Amory: Media Curmudgeon and Animal Rights Crusader

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by Marilyn Greenwald

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The definitive biography of prominent social historian, television critic, and animal-rights activist Cleveland AmorySee more details below


The definitive biography of prominent social historian, television critic, and animal-rights activist Cleveland Amory

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“In Greenwald's narrative, Amory’s personal evolution—from chronicler of the silly and inconsequential pursuits of the rich to the nation's most recognizable animal advocate of the 1970s—is rendered intelligible as the natural course of progression in a thoughtful and engaged individual's life. This is the true strength of her work, the thing that distinguishes it from the obituaries and tributes that accumulated immediately following Amory’s death. . . . This account of the man who wanted to arm bears, recruit an army of the kind, and build a Ranch of Dreams adds greatly to our understanding of his singular contributions to a cause that he championed with passion and the full measure of his days.”
—Humane Society of the United States Newsletter

“Amory supplies plenty of material for a robust biography, and Greenwald does a thoroughly creditable job of it. . . . A man of many parts, Amory may very well be remembered less for his journalism than for his activities on behalf of animals. As an idealist, that may be just as he would prefer.”—Ohioana Quarterly

“Amory’s publicly meditated life is grounded by friends and personal experience as he transforms the social elite’s noblesse oblige of a bygone era into an impassioned modern American activism. Focusing her biography on how he used media commentary to give voice to the voiceless, Greenwald relates the journey of this scion-turned-celebrity as a heroic tale for the Internet age of wandering opinion.”—Journalism History

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Walter Anderson
"Cleveland Amory captures the irrepressible spirit and unlikely adventures of one of America's most colorful characters, the curmudgeon Cleveland Amory. Greenwald has written a crackling good story, an authentic page-turner, about a legendary humorist, an animal-rights advocate who could be wickedly funny and brutally candid and unbelievably kind."
Walter Anderson, Chairman and CEO, Parade Magazine
Michael Markarian
“Cleveland Amory said he sometimes wondered what happened to the plain old biography without the “auto,” and now Marilyn Greenwald has done him the service of producing a biography of the highest caliber. Cleveland Amory deftly captures Cleveland's humor and wit, his skillful hand in dealing with both people and animals, and most of all, his belief that the least cruelty to the least creature diminishes us all. Cleveland's pioneering vision has inspired generations of people to join his “army of the kind,” and his legacy will continue to inspire many more thanks in part to Cleveland Amory.”

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