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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847378374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847378378
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 787,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`The book is compelling in the extreme' --Sunday Times

'Both impeccable and rollicking, and a not disloyal tribute to a man who . . . could have had so much more' --Observer

'A long, gossipy, supremely readable book' -- Independent

'Biskind's book, not Beatty, is the star attraction here'
-- Metro

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mooch on 19 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a biography, this is perhaps a failure - Peter Biskind does not really justify his early claim that Warren Beatty has led 'one of the great 20th Century lives' and getting lots of people to say bad things about the film-maker is not the same as getting under his skin. However, this was not really intended to be a conventional biography anyway. We are told virtually nothing of the star's childhood / family life etc, indeed we get past page 150 before we learn that Warren is not Beatty's first name. As the author says, he can only describe Beatty, not explain him. Instead it is a fascinating appraisal of a brilliant career and an imperfect man, whose boundless ambition and perfectionism (containing within it the fatal flaws of control-freakery and chronic indecisiveness) led him to scale glorious heights but - nearly as often - snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Beginning just before Splendour in the Grass and continuing past the star's most recent film, Town & Country, the book charts the films, the spats, the womanizing and the politicking all in Biskind's characteristically punchy prose. Beatty has co-operated with the book, after a fashion, but is largely on hand to merely correct other people's versions of events, not to offer any self-analysis. Unfortunatley several key people have declined to speak with the author including long-time friends and collaborators Robert Towne and Jack Nicholson. Plenty of people have spoken though and the book is chock-full of stories, good and bad.
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I didn't know much about Warren Beatty before reading this book but, having enjoyed others by Peter Biskind, I counted on it at least being a well-written piece of gossipy non-fiction about Hollywood. It was, and I zipped right through it. Beatty comes across as somebody with a great deal of intelligence but also a not-insignificant narcissistic personality disorder which leaves him craving attention and suffering enormous jealousy and insecurity. It could be that these character flaws are part of what drive somebody to become so successful, and it was certainly interesting to follow the ups and downs of his life and career in this book... while at the same time thinking it would be more fun (in his shoes) to experience the same success with a little less personal drama/disfunction.

Good read.
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Having enjoyed Biskind's other books about Hollywood, I found this very readable too. The pages flew by. It is often like an extended gossip column ...but, well, this is warren beatty. It is not great literature but it is entertaining.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carole Freeman on 19 Mar 2010
Format: Hardcover
I started this book with high hopes but found it very hard going, and some of the chapters were a bit repetitive. I lost interest and struggled to work up any enthusiasm to finish it. Warren Beatty comes across as quite dull and controlling an not an especially interesting guy. I felt I had wasted my money as I didn't feel I knew anything more about him after I had read this book than I did before. Save your money don't bother.
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An interesting life, an unusual personality 14 July 2011
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I loved Peter Biskind's earlier books on Hollywood - especially Easy Riders Raging Bulls - and this biography of Warren Beatty was written in the same gossipy but compelling, very readable, style. The pages flew by and I recommend it for entertainment value. Beatty himself comes across as a very intelligent character troubled by a lack of self esteem which reduced him to being a control freak with a constant need for a new supply of attention (readily supplied by many of the women he met) - but his filmmaking achievements are sufficient to make this interesting as a view on hollywood and not just on his private life. Recommended.
So far, so good 6 Oct 2014
By David J. Goddin - Published on Amazon.com
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Have not finished the book at this time, but will catch up on my reading as the weather get bad and I am indoors more. So Far after reading 20 some pages, I am enjoying this so far. A tabloid book as expected, however, you never know where the truth stop and fiction begins. Either way it should be entertaining.
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