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Star: The Life and Wild Times of Warren Beatty Hardcover – 6 Jan 2010

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (6 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,009,950 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

About the Author

Peter Biskind is the author of five previous books, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. He is a contributor to Vanity Fair and was formerly the executive editor of Premiere magazine. He lives with his family in Columbia County, New York.

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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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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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This book about Beatty paints an even-handed account of his extreme talent and extreme narcissism-by-paralysis.

Should be called - Talent- The one thing Beatty flirted with but never nailed
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GREAT! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - THANK YOU!
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