"From the Hardcover edition."
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2010|
|Number of Pages:||383|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.7|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.52 x 0.91 x 8.0|
Marc Eliot is a New York Times bestselling author and American biographer. He has written over a dozen books on the media and popular culture including the biographies of Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Walt Disney and Bruce Springsteen, and Clint Eastwood. His writing has also appeared in several publications including L.A. Weekly and California Magazine. Eliot lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Despite numerous film retrospectives and analyses of Eastwood as a director, this is the first full-blown (though unauthorized) biography since Patrick McGilligan's 2002 Clint: The Life and Legend. Best-selling biographer Eliot (Cary Grant) brings the reader up to date on Eastwood's life and includes some of Eastwood's richest creative years, during which he produced Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers, Changeling, and Gran Torino.
Like McGilligan, Eliot highlights Eastwood's small-town roots, his stint on TV (Rawhide), the spaghetti Westerns, his penchant for living life on his own terms, and his philandering, but Eliot's book is far more flattering. Eliot's love of movies is apparent, and he seeks to cement Eastwood's legacy as a "legitimate aute ur, intriguing, unique, talented, and compelling". Eliot addresses the difficulties in writing biographies about celebrities who are still alive, and though this book was written without interviewing Eastwood, it is well researched.
Verdict: Though the writing style is spare, the book is entertaining and informative. Celebrity watchers and film students alike will enjoy.
-Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA
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In this unauthorized biography based largely on previously published materials, New York Times best-selling biographer Eliot turns his attention to Clint Eastwood, who has enjoyed a long and successful career as an actor/producer/director and who has also always attempted to keep separate his private and public lives. Eliot here narrows that divide, discussing Eastwood's craft, work ethic, cinematic achievements, charms, interests, and more and narrating himself in an appropriately unassuming voice. For libraries with large collections of works on popular culture, celebrity biographies, and/or the American movie industry; recommended as interest warrants.
- Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence
(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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