Title: The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales
By: Larry Harmon, with Thomas Scott McKenzie
Publisher: Igniter Books imprint of HarperCollins
Did you hear the one about when Bozo the Clown ran for President and two assassination attempts were made on his life?
How about the time Bozo flew into the perilous jungles of New Guinea to see if he could not just survive but actually bond with dangerous cannibal tribes?
Well then, you must know about the time his size 83 AAA shoes saved him from being swallowed whole by a giant, murderous python in Thailand, right?
Then I guess you might not know as much as you think about the world’s most famous clown. Sure, you know the giant shoes, the red bulbous nose, the big ruby smile, and the twin shocks of red yak-hair bursting from the sides of his head. And obviously you know the many clowns inspired by him, from Ronald McDonald to Krusty the Clown.
So perhaps it’s time you learned about Bozo, and the man behind the nose. Larry Harmon obtained the rights to Bozo the Capitol Clown and transformed the character into Bozo the World’s Most Famous Clown! He turned Bozo into a cultural icon, creating one of the biggest children’s television franchises in the world. But that was only the beginning.
In this unputdownable book, which Harmon completed just before his death at age eighty-three, are far more incredible stories of astronauts, cannibals, celebrities, assassins, and deep-sea divers—all encountered in full Bozo regalia, and with photos to prove it.
Not only is Harmon’s life by turns incredible and hilarious, it’s also an inspirational testament to the power of one man’s positive attitude, dedication, and work ethic—and how he changed the world.
Visit the book’s dedicated website here.
Watch McKenzie’s national television appearance on the Fox & Friends morning show discussing Bozo and the book.
The New York Post says, “Part chronicle of derring-do, the posthumous tell-all (Harmon died in 2008 of heart failure) is also a chronicle of the entertainer’s vision in building an entertainment empire around face paint and funny shoes.”
The Honolulu Star Advertiser says, “This book is a fascinating introduction… that will make you rethink use of the word ‘bozo’.”