Ludwig Bemelmans was born in a hotel in Tirol Austria and was a general screw-up in school so his Uncle got him a variety of German and Austrian Hotel jobs, the last of which he had to flee after shooting a waiter in the head. He fled to the US and ultimately landed a job at the Ritz Carlton. He wrote the Madeline children’s books and painted a mural on the walls of the Bemelman’s Bar in the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. This book is about his life and the people he met working in New York’s finest Hotel during the 1920s and 1930s. He is irreverent, funny, entertaining, writes well, and he takes people as he finds them. If you have a soft spot for the 20’s and 30’s, the unique characters of New York, or the author of the Madeline books, you will enjoy this book.