COSBY, LIFE OF A COMEDY LEGEND
"Warm, likable bio...sincere and funny and richly human."
"...a good blend of facts and anecdotes make for an easy to read, concise biography...Smith's comfortable writing style should warrant recognition."
News & Courier, Charleston S.C.
"Chockful of interesting anecdotes and biographical information...presented heartwarmingly and with insight."
Philadelphia Daily News
"Smith, a recognized writer on comedy and comedians, masterfully documents Cosby...and reveals the well-loved entertainer's feelings and thoughts in rich detail."
"An entertaining look at the gifted comedian and entertainer."
"Smith successfully places Cosby's stand-up career in the context of the times: assessing his competition , tracing his influences, recounting some of his difficulties and triumphs. Best of all, he explains, with the help of quotes from Cosby's first manager, how painstakingly the two of them worked on those early monologues."
LET PEAS BE WITH YOU
"It's a treat to read...absurdly unique!"
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara
"Love the book!"
"Very good! Ron Smith's a very talented man. You'll get a big kick out of LET PEAS BE WITH YOU."
"I'll mind my peas -- the queues can still line up at the movies. NICE book!"
"Charming and fun!"
"I greatly enjoyed LET PEAS BE WITH YOU."
COMIC SUPPORT: Second Bananas in the Movies
"This book is a real sleeper: word-and-picture profiles of 170 comic supporting players, everyone from Iris Adrian and Luis Alberni to Marie Wilson and Monty Woolley. Yes, 170 of the best-loved players in movie history, most of whom never got the credit they deserved. But now they do. Ron Smith captures each one with a fine personal and career profile, plus a rare photo. And no skimping: the average profile runs about one and a half oversized pages. You get elusive birth and death dates, plus valuable extras...In short, a wonderful reading-and-reference book..."
"Full time drunks, society ladies, prissy sales clerks and silly sidekicks — they're all here from Iris Adrian to Marie Wilson, a collection of straight men and zanies long unappreciated to all except the ever faithful film buff..its good photos, trim bios and "selected film and stage appearances" recommends it...There's a certain scandal-drenched joy in these 200 profiles that give it appeal...Jack Weston's "flag desecration," Carol Wayne's drowning and Walter Catlett's "legendary drinking" — pithy comments lend notoriety to people too often blended into the anonymity of Tinseltown's various stock companies."
Films in Review
THE FIGHT FOR TONIGHT
"Smith's 15th book...is a riveting behind-the-scenes account of backstabbing, bullying and network nitpicking that goes all the way back to the first successful late night show, "Broadway Open House," starring Jerry Lester, who was soon upstaged by television's first blonde bombshell, Dagmar. Throughout, the reader sees producers, agents, network executives and performers at their self-serving, preening worst. But the last are also seen at their best. Many of the great moments of late night television are faithfully recalled, and they have not lost their luster."
POE IN THE MEDIA
"The tome takes on the daunting task of covering all Poe-related films, music and spoken-word recordings and does so in a style that's at once thorough and fun."
NY DAILY NEWS
"Clear and concise...a fiendishly fascinating read." The Academic Library Book Review here.