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Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America Hardcover – 12 Jan 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 627 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (12 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743246586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743246583
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17 x 4.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,537,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Biskind is the author offive 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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“A big, gossipy read.”

—Amanda Barrett, "Chicago Sun-Times"



“This exhaustively researched bio is as undeniably compelling as the man himself.”

—Keith Staskiewicz, "Entertainment Weekly"

"A big, gossipy read."

--Amanda Barrett, "Chicago Sun-Times"



"This exhaustively researched bio is as undeniably compelling as the man himself."
--Keith Staskiewicz, "Entertainment Weekly"

"A big, gossipy read."
--Amanda Barrett, "Chicago Sun-Times"

This exhaustively researched bio is as undeniably compelling as the man himself.
Keith Staskiewicz, "Entertainment Weekly""

A big, gossipy read.
Amanda Barrett, "Chicago Sun-Times"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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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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A comprehensive bio that from the outset delivers what Biskind intended which is to put Beatty on show, not analyse or explain, and what you are left with is a talented individual, narcissistic, procrastinator, who could drive co-writers and editors to a madhouse. For prospective film producers this is a great guide as Beatty was a master at getting the best deal from studios. It is a long read and repeats itself (or Beatty repeats himself) but this just gives greater weight to its subject matter.
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Format: Hardcover
For a man who looks, as far as the photos would suggest, pretty much perfect, his inner persona seems at odds. Certainly, according to the author, Beatty strives for perfection but yet finds himself incapable of dealing conclusively with his personal relationships. As for the maths, the author calculates that his subject matter has bedded nearly thirteen thousand women over thirty years. Well, where did he find the time to be as good a film star/actor, producer and writer as he appears to be? And these appearances are not deceptive, witness Bonny & Clyde just as one example; fans can and will list all the other films and even if some were hopeless, he still found the time to be in them. So, obviously fatigue has now played its part, as he appears to be wrapped up in domestic bliss; mind you, in his early seventies, it's maybe time he was.

The book is big on only part of Beatty's life and given that it's over 600 pages, it's perhaps as well we've been spared much of the earlier years. However, if you need an insight into a man and his image, this book can do no wrong. The author has certainly done his homework and is obviously a big fan before he wrote the first paragraph. I guess if Dick Tracy and Warren Beatty were interchanged, would we notice the difference? Well, yes, I suppose so. One's an American idol and the other's an....Mmmmm, I see what you mean. If you are a fan, you'll enjoy this book. If not, you can dip in and out, taking snapshots of people, films, the industry, the names and still feel there's unlikely to be anyone quite like Warren Beatty ever again. Ladies, don't all sigh at once.
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Format: Paperback
A very thorough and riveting read about the life and times of Warren Beatty. Its no holes barred and never comes across in a star struck way.
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