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McQueen: The Biography
by Christopher Sandford (Goodreads Author)
The biography of the original Mr. Cool, Steve McQueen. The actor who perhaps, first epitomised the Action Hero; a complex man, prone to casual affairs and violence, yet capable of helping those more unfortunate than him.
Paperback, 536 pages
Published February 19th 2003 by Taylor Trade Publishing
(first published October 1st 2001)
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Great storytelling skills from Christopher Sandford, especially for a biography. The non-linear prose can be a bit frustrating at times but in the end, it manages to keep you interested and very engaged even in the hard to stomach parts(if you read it, you'll know what I mean). Me, being a film buff, I have to single out the various parts that revealed the inner workings of Hollywood and the studio system of those days, as my favourites.
Detailed bio on the roller-coaster life of 'The Cooler King.' It doesn't delve too deeply into his movies or racing career but (depressingly, at times) more so examines his horrible childhood, troubled marriages, substance abuse, and fatal illness. However, his charitable nature - which he went to great lengths to downplay and/or keep quiet - is noted several times.
Christopher Sandford has published acclaimed biographies of Kurt Cobain, Steve McQueen, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, and Roman Polanski. He has worked as a film and music writer and reviewer for over 20 years and frequently contributes to newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. Rolling Stone has called him "the preeminent author in his field today."More about Christopher Sandford...