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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135874
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This assiduous biography is particularly straight-dealing about the Newman-Joanne Woodward union.
-- The Sunday Times, October, 2010

Shawn Levy writes slick, snappy biographies.... This book on Newman is well-made and easy to read.
-- The Evening Standard, October 14, 2010

The late Paul Newman is served well by this comprehensive biography.
-- The Telegraph, October 16, 2010

'...it's terrific... A great big chunky book that tells you everything you could want to know about the screen legend' --Tim Vine in The Daily Express, December 2010

`Levy's engrossing biography does ample justice to its multi-faceted subject'
--Good Book Guide, Jan 2011

About the Author

Shawn Levy is a US film critic and pop culture historian. He is the author of Paul Newman: A Life, Ready, Steady, Go! and has written for The New York Times, Guardian, Independent, Film Comment, Premiere and Sight and Sound. His other books include Rat Pack Confidential Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey, and the Last Great Showbiz Party (Fourth Estate) and Ready, Steady Go! Swinging London and the Invention of Cool (Fourth Estate). He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a film critic for The Oregonian.


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This is a well written, easy to read and very thorough biography of this celebrated actor. Shawn Levy provides a detailed look at the man behind the actor who was very interesting, very likeable and philanthropic. I knew the actor only through his films but this biography revealed more about the man and his eventful life. I discovered his interest in motor racing, philanthropy, food sauces and organic products - the latter being much ahead of his time. Levy has also provided a perspective on the lesser known facets of the much envied marriage of Paul Newman and his actress wife, Joanne Woodward.

Shawn Levy has written a complete biography which takes the reader from Paul Newman's birth to his death and there are numerous black and white photos which I consider essential in any biography. There is detailed analysis of the films in which he appeared but the only criticism I have is that it would have been helpful to have a complete filmography as an appendix. Overall, a recommended read whether you're a fan or not.
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Excellent.
Well written with the right balance of background.
A good incite to one of our most respected actors.
I will look for other books by the author.
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By 3 legs on 22 April 2014
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This book was recommended by a friend who knew I liked reading biography or autobiography. I had admired Paul Newman's acting but knew little about him. A very interesting book, which showed him to me in whole new way. Much more to the man than I had previously appreciated.
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Format: Paperback
This is well-written & enjoyable & provides a useful overview for anyone who hasn't got that, but there's nothing really new here. It would have been interesting to know if Levy would have had the book published in its current form, had Newman still been alive. & could have sued. I'm rather disappointed that his main "selling point" (as in serialisations & radio interviews etc) has been unsubstantiated allegations of an affair & this takes up far too much space. I'm by no means a Newman apologist....I don't know & I don't particularly care if he had either heterosexual or homosexual affairs & he certainly treated his first wife pretty badly......but Nancy Bacon's allegations of an affair are highly suspect. If the affair did take place, then she must have got some details wrong, because Newman would have had to be in 2 places at once.

By all means mention the allegations, Mr Levy, but to give an unsubstantiated one such prominence smacks of giving in to pressure to get cheap publicity
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Bought as a gift which recipient enjoyed!
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