New York Times bestseller 2018 Goodreads Choice Award Winner for History & Biography
Maxwell King is the CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation. After a career in journalism, including eight years as editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, King served as president of the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments for nearly a decade.
"Anyone who has seen Fred Rogers on TV eventually gets around to
the same core question: Was he really like that in real life? In
this well-researched, insightful and affectionately written
biography, Maxwell King answers 'Yes.' I suspect Mister Rogers
himself would have approved of The Good Neighbor, and Rogers
always maintained the highest of standards."--David Bianculli
"As the extreme importance of our most gifted teachers, and the credit they are due, become ever more evident, Maxwell King has provided a superb, thoughtful biography of the brilliant Fred Rogers, who with his long-running television show, reached more children than any teacher ever. The enormous amount of thought, creative talent, and hard work that Rogers put into every aspect of the show becomes abundantly clear in this book, as do the lessons in empathy and kindness that he took so to heart. Much there is for all of us to learn in Maxwell King's The Good Neighbor."--David McCullough
"Mere pages into this beautiful account, tears began to roll down my cheeks as my heart remembered the kind and gentle manner of Mr. Rogers. Deeply researched, Maxwell King's biography brings Rogers to life in small moments recalled by those who knew him best. Through a meticulous unspooling of his childhood, we learn why Fred Rogers--a child born into extreme wealth who could have done anything or nothing with his life--wound up of all things a child whisperer, a seer of the human heart, a builder of bridges constructed of unconditional love and acceptance. Reading King's narrative, one cannot help but long for a time when children spent their afternoons watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood; one cannot help but sense that what we all need right now is an infusion of Fred Rogers' enduring teachings back onto our airwaves and into our America."--Julie Lythcott-Haims "author of How to Raise an Adult "