There's no disputing Harmon later bought the rights to the character from Capitol Records, modified it, developed a television program complete with cartoons created by his own company, and then franchised the package to local TV stations, eventually turning the character into a global icon. Harmon also appeared as Bozo as well. He relates adventures that take him to meet a tribe in New Guinea, experience zero-g, train as a NYFD firefighter, and discusses the dangers associated with a python in Thailand and running for President in 1984.
McKenzie does a great job capturing Harmon's exuberance as if he is right next to the reader telling these stories. He seems so engaged and fascinated by what life had and has to offer that he comes off as ageless. The pages have wide margins with the text printed inside frames are reminiscent of a kid trying to maximize the page count of a school report. The inclusion of black and white pictures illustrating different things being referred to pop up throughout the pages and their randomness is amusing. There is also a selection of color photos.
Man Behind The Nose would no doubt please Harmon who passed away two years ago before the book's release; however, as is typical for the format, he paints himself to look better than an outsider would by focusing on, and possibly puffing up, the positives and overlooking the negatives. Yet, that doesn't detract from the book being a very entertaining read.