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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA); Reprint edition (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307952371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307952370
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great read about iconic producer/actor Michael Douglas 18 Sept. 2012
By J Clancy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I grew up watching Michael Douglas on the big screen. Romancing the Stone, Wall Street, Black Rain, Fatal Attraction, etc. I had no idea that prior to that Michael was an Academy Award winning producer for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Or that he lived on a hippie commune in Santa Barbara. Or that he buddied around with Danny DeVito and was mentored by the great Karl Malden. Or that he was one of the few children of Hollywood stars to successfully live up to his father's legend. In his career Michael seems to have struck gold more than once. Outside of his career his impact has extended from his role as United Nation Messenger of Peace to his recent struggles with cancer.

Mr. Eliot's biography seems to have found the happy balance in telling the story of one of Hollywood's most beloved actors and producers. Eliot also points out that it wasn't always that way and that Douglas' struggle was a bumpy one. The narrative is respectful and informative and I found myself turning the pages one after the next. All in all a great read!

I recommend this book highly!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Overall, A Good Bio 28 Sept. 2012
By G.I Gurdjieff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was definitely superior to the last book I read by this author. It is fairly straightforward and appears to be thoroughly researched. The one thing I can say definitely is that I enjoyed it a lot. It kept my interest throughout. It covers not only Douglas' career with the hits and missteps, but also looks at his personal life in detail.
Probably most interesting to me were the early years which had not been documented in the press for the world to see. As the son of a celebrity, what had been covered were photo ops and occasional items which touted family togetherness. What is the contained in this book portrays a much different picture of Kirk Douglas and Michael. While not exactly a hard luck tale about childhood abandonment, it does portray a father who is absent most of the time and a son who longs for reunification and acceptance. In this respect the reader will get a dual bio of Kirk as an actor, husband, father, and womanizer and Michael.
As things often have a way of coming full circle, Michael is also seen in much the same light as his father. He clearly makes the same mistakes as Kirk when it comes to his first wife and son with some fairly unfortunate results.
If there is one thing that I probably don't much like in this book is the author's tendency to project Michael's thoughts and feelings in regard to his dealings with all his children and both of his wives. It is easy to speculate but in the end those thoughts may not be accurate or even realistic.
Ultimately, this is an interesting book and will enhance its author's rep as a biographer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
just a bunch of media articles turned into a book 24 Dec. 2012
By kramax - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a major disappointment. Those who have given it positive reviews are not regular readers of biographies. I am a fan of Douglas and when I saw the book I thought it would be interesting to read of his life and career. What a waste of money this title is. Just google all the media on Douglas over his career and paste it all together and save yourself the cost of the book. There is no investigative journalism, no exclusive information that one cannot get elsewhere. There is no in depth reporting of Douglas' marriages or his cancer illness. All that is written on his career is stock standard. After a couple of pages I was bored rigid and flicked through the rest of the book - all the same, just jumping from one subject to the next. As one resource ends, so does the subject. Hopefully in the future Douglas will write his own biography. However in the meantime do not bother with this nothing of a book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not Worth It 12 April 2013
By Michael J. Cammarota - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read a lot of bios and I found this one very disappointed. I was surprised how shallow Michael Douglas was and I really didn't think the author pushed into areas of Michael's life as deeply as he should have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
ok 19 Dec. 2012
By AvidReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What I got from this book - was an interesting view into the life of an actor whose work I have admired. Nothing too
in depth and the writing style personal. A good easy read for hotel evenings and mid range flights -
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