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The Tom Hanks Enigma: The Biography of the World's Most Intriguing Movie Star

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In a career spanning 25 years, Tom Hanks has cemented his position as one of the finest actors of his generation. With an array of stunning performances in blockbusters as diverse as Big, The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, and Saving Private Ryanto his name, he has an outstanding reputation as one of the world's greatest leading men. Yet behind the many roles l ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by John Blake (first published April 2000)
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Kathryn
I've always liked Tom Hanks as an actor, and he generally seems like a pretty nice guy so I was interested to read more about him. This book confirms that he's an all-around nice guy, although I don't think he would be a pushover - I get the sense that he can be pretty blunt and tell it like it is if when he needs to be firm.

I thought it was interesting that Tom agreed to take a percentage of the gross takings for Forrest Gump (rather than an upfront payment - the movie was a bit of a gamble) a
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Joy H.
May 29, 2014 Joy H. marked it as to-read
Added 5/29/14. (I plan to listen to the audio version via audible.com.)
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Kevin
Mar 19, 2014 Kevin rated it it was ok
Felt like I was invading thee privacy of one of the best actors of all time. Didn't learn a lot new.
Barbara
tom hanks is an incredible man and this is a great read of his life
Nic
Sep 02, 2015 Nic rated it really liked it
Good bio though confusing at times, back & forth in time.
James Loftus
Sep 23, 2013 James Loftus rated it really liked it
Really liked it. Read a bit like an extended celebration of Tom, how wonderful he is. He can act. His story from who-is-he to being HIM! Rags to riches always works in the right hands. A talented journalist wrote this, and looking at his sources, people like Tom. Comes across as a good guy. And, as we all know, he can act like a bloody champion.

Saw Philadelphia again the other day. He is gifted! Absolutely.

Loved, his, That Thing You Do!
Jennifer
May 10, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I liked this book about Tom Hanks' life from his birth to The Da Vinci Code. I liked that the author is English and uses quirky English phrasing.
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Mar 29, 2009 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a good book.
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