This is a quite wonderful book. As a guide to the career and life of Orson Welles, it could hardly be bettered, although, as the interview material dates from more than ten years before Welles's death, it is perhaps not quite as complete as one might greedily like. But there is a tremendous amount of material here, and Bogdanovich is just the man to conduct Welles through his amazing story. Welles, of course, was a colossal liar, as Fellini was, and it is to Bogdanovich's great credit that he knows exactly when to challenge his subject and when to let the mythology stand - Welles's fictions were not simply self-serving, as is usually the case with film directors, but the deliberate invention (which he began very early in life) of a legend; and he was right to do this, for his career is the very stuff of legend. The composer Bernard Herrmann once wisely remarked that whenever Welles said something obviously and outrageously untrue, it invariably turned out, upon investigation, to be entirely accurate; and a mere taxonomy of the facts, astounding as they tend to be, would hardly give the full, rich flavour of the man and the artist. This book does; you can hear Welles's voice as you read, it's as if he were in the room with you, relishing a last laugh at his enemies from beyond the grave. Forget the sleazy, lying books of Charles Higham, forget the silly, petty biography of Barbara Leaming, give away the ignorant trivia of the lazy, self-important Simon Callow to the charity shops; this is the gold standard of Welles books.