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In the six decades since he took to the stage and screen, Kirk Douglas has starred in eighty-three films and nine plays, written seven books, and made a remarkable commitment to humanitarian causes throughout the world. Known internationally and across generations for playing the indomitable Spartacus, topping international bestseller lists, and building parks and schools in troubled communities, Kirk Douglas is a legend in his own time and serves as an inspiration to us all.

Now, in My Stroke of Luck, his vivid and very personal reflection upon his extraordinary life, Kirk Douglas finally completes his story by offering a candid and heartfelt memoir of where it all went right. Written in his own words, Douglas offers tender vignettes in tribute to the childhood that shaped him, the wife and devoted family who supported him, and the life-changing event that helped him to appreciate the gifts given to him over his eightythree years.

Revealing for the first time not only the incredible physical and emotional toll of his debilitating stroke, but how it has changed his life for the better, Douglas offers the lessons that saved him and helped him to heal. Alongside his heartfelt advice and insight, he also shares warm memories involving some of the most famous figures of our time -- including Burt Lancaster, Michael J. Fox, and Gary Cooper -- as well as others who have soared to greatness in the face of adversity.

Touching and funny, inspiring and uplifting, Kirk Douglas traces how his greatest setback became a source of strength and renewal -- leading him to find the eighth decade of his life the most fulfilling yet. Charming, soulful, and filled with personal insights and never-before-seen personal photographs, My Stroke of Luck is an intimate look at the real person behind the fabulous talent -- and at a life lived to its very fullest.




Reviews (7)
Sataxe
written in a very simple and readable style; very interesting and informative in a personal way with some good advice on how to treat the affliction, including the benefit of physical activity and exercise. Much of the book is quite rewarding for anyone who has had a stroke, although less so when he talks about the effect of his own personal religion. After having a stroke at the age of 78 it's remarkable that this person turns 100 later this year, 2016. I have nothing but admiration for him.
Jia
I purchased this as a gift for a family member who suffered a stroke. She had actually seen Mr. Douglas in NY many years ago before he suffered his stroke. I know it will be helpful to her. She was thankful to receive it.
Auau
THOUGHTFULLY AND BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, LOVE THIS BOOK VERY MUCH. I HAVE A FRIEND WHO JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO SUFFERED A STROKE, SO I TOOK THIS BOOK WITH ME AND READ IT TO MY FRIEND. HE WAS VERY HUMBLED BY IT, AND DETERMINED TO RECOVER THE BEST HE CAN. THANK YOU SO MUCH MR DOUGLAS FOR THIS. MY FRIEND IS DOING WELL, A LOT BETTER THANKS TO YOU. YOU ARE TRULY A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR STROKE VICTIMS TO ASPIRE TO.
LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MR DOUGLAS. I HOPE THAT YOU WILL READ THIS REVIEW. AGAIN THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
Mavivasa
A book which is much more than Douglas' survival from a stroke. Wonderfully written; there is humor as the reader learns that survival is much more than making a physical recovery.
As Douglas approaches his 102 birthday one learns that it is never too late to grow, to change and to love life!
Whitemaster
If you have had a stroke or you know someone who has had a stroke...this book is a must read. Personal and inspirational. It's been a piece of my recovery process and made me re-think my lifestyle. Kudos to Kirk and to all those who never quit!
Friert
fantastic book
Flash_back
If you're depressed and down in the dumps And you like Kirk you will love this uplifting little book!
Very short book. Read in one afternoon. Mr. Douglas is a fine man.

ISBN: 0060009292

Rating: 4.1/5

Votes: 976

Other Formats: lit azw docx lrf

ISBN13: 978-0060009298

Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (January 2002)

Language: English

Subcategory: Arts & Literature

Pages: 208

My Stroke of Luck
Biographies & Memoris
Author: Kirk Douglas
Title: My Stroke of Luck