The Autobiography of James T. Kirk

The Autobiography of James T. Kirk - David A. Goodman

This book is not what I expected. For some reason I thought it was satire and I don’t know why. None of the reviews I read gave me that impression. Maybe it’s because I associate Goodman with Futurama and Family Guy. Or maybe I just pulled it out of the air. Who knows? It is not satire, but far from being disappointed, I couldn’t be more delighted.


Presented as Captain Kirk’s memoirs, this book contains a treasure trove of character insight in a pretty comprehensive overview of the original series and several of the movies. Basically, if Kirk was involved, it’s covered here, and told in a literary voice so Kirk-like I could practically hear him dictating to the computer. And even though it isn’t satire, that doesn’t mean there’s no humor. Goodman captures Kirk’s sense of humor perfectly. Goodman’s own sense of humor must be wicked. How he covers the events of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (a movie I like to pretend didn’t happen) had me howling with laughter.


Five geeking-out Trekkie stars. This was a wonderful surprise. And if Goodman wants to give the same treatment to any other Starfleet captains, I’m springing for the hardcovers.