American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood

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American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood

Format:  Paperback,

383 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9780307336897

ISBN-10: 0307336891

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As an actor, he seduces us with his tough-guy charm. As a director and producer, he amazes us with his artistry and technical savvy. As a Hollywood icon, Clint Eastwood, one of film's greatest living legends, represents some of the finest cinematic achievements in the history of American cinema.
In "American Rebel," bestselling author and acclaimed film historian Marc Eliot examines the ever-exciting, often-tumultuous arc of Clint Eastwood's life and career. Unlike past biographers, Eliot writes with unflinching candor about Eastwood's highs and lows, his artistic successes and failures, and the fascinating, complex relationship between his life and his craft. Eliot's prodigious research reveals how a college dropout and unambitious playboy rose to fame as Hollywood' s "sexy rebel," eventually and against all odds becoming a star in the Academy pantheon as a multiple Oscar winner. Spanning decades, " American Rebel "covers the best of Eastwood' s oeuvre, films that have fast become American classics-"Fistful of Dollars, Dirty Harry, Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby," and "Gran Torino. "
Filled with remarkable insights into Eastwood's personal life and public work, "American Rebel" is highly entertaining and the most complete biography of one of Hollywood's truly respected and beloved stars-an actor who, despite being the "Man with No Name," has left his indelible mark on the world of motion pictures."

"From the Hardcover edition."


Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9780307336897
ISBN-10: 0307336891
Format: Paperback
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

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Biography of Eliot, Marc

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.


Review by Library Journal (2009-08-01)

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

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2010-01-01)

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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