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American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood (Thorndike Biography) Hardcover – Large Print, 2 Dec 2009


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  • Hardcover: 677 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (2 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410421686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410421685
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,137,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Stanford on 14 Feb 2010
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At the time of review Clint Eastwood is nearly 80! I have been watching him since Rawhide days, and was blown away as a teenager with the Spaghetti trilogy.

This biography is a great overview of a complex icon, and ensures that you are fully aware that Eastwood is by no means perfect. He is portrayed as a womanising philanderer with very little moral fibre, full of excuses as to why he had such an open relationship with his first wife.

However, as with all types of unauthorised biagraphies, it slips too easily into 'OK/Hello' mode, and you will find the coverage of the making of certain films a bit too flimsy and quick. It also spends a lot of time on negativity - bad reviews, down side of his personality etc.

However, It is interesting, and very readable, so long as you realise that there is plenty of heresay and speculation, and very few anecdotes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wingate on 9 Aug 2011
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Geberally speaking a very entertaining unauthorised biog of one of the iconic American actors of the last 50 years.Given that he had such a tangled love life about which he is secretive the author has managed to find and describe what went on.Albeit he is largely helped by the book written by Sondra Locke.The book only starts to slow down and become a bit dull when it dwells at length on the Oscar ceremonies and his competing nominees.Since when did a Best Picture Oscar mean that the film was any good.Many Oscar winning films have been long forgotten when their opponents have long been venerated as classics.There are some minor errors but really not worth shouting about.Generally speaking an entertaining and very readable book.
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There are many books written about Clint Eastwood. This is yet another one. However it is a pretty good read. There are errors in it but that seems to be the way with books about celebrities. having many books about Eastwood I feel this one is about the middle of the list. It is easy to read with a few good pictures.
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By stephen atkinson on 28 April 2014
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bought it for my mam for mothers day , she is a big fan and said its a really good read . so if you are a CLINT fan yiu will enjoy .
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Oct 2009
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There is probably not a more iconic Hollywood figure today than Clint Eastwood, nor for that matter is there a more private one. Now, New York Times bestselling author Marc Eliot ( Reagan" The Hollywood Years, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart) to a large degree demystifies Eastwood by putting carefully examining the movies he has had made and his life to date.

As Sondra Locke with whom Eastwood had a 14 year relationship said, "People can know him for years and never be sure of what he's thinking. He's one of the warmest people in the world, but there's a certain distance, a certain mystery to him." Readers will not discover Eastwood's thoughts but much light will be shed on his journey from college dropout/playboy to become one of the most successful and respected men in the film industry. It was a twisted path marked by 2 marriages and 7 children. His romantic liaisons were often with co-stars, and he once said, "There is only one way to have a happy marriage, and as soon as I learn what it is I'll get married again.

He's played many a tough loner and, according to Eliot, Eastwood was tough, hanging out in "seedy bars" and playing jazz piano in his younger days. Little would one think that the tall, lanky fellow who for over 7 years co-starred in TV's Rawhide and churned out spaghetti Westerns would one day be a multiple Academy Award Winner. But, he was and to paraphrase a song he did it his way.

Enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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