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The James Dean Story

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  51 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A legend in his lifetime, James Dean became a cult hero after his death at age 24. Was he the monumental talent some claimed? Or a spoiled and petulant troublemaker? Ronald Martinetti interviewed hundreds of Dean's peers and family members for this no-punches-pulled biography revealing hitherto unknown facts about the actor. Illustrated with photos, some previously unpubli ...more
Published (first published 1995)
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Jeff
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Pop Culture of the 1950's.
Recommended to Jeff by: Discovered it on my own.

1st Read: September 22, 1998 - September 30, 1998

I knew who James Dean was, as in recognizing him from film and photos in books and magazines. There is quite a lot of depth in this book to who he was as a person by those who knew him best. It is an enjoyable read that you could complete in a few hours at only 185 pages. There are also quite a few black and white photo's in the central portion of the book as well.
Michelle
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It does shatter myths. He really did want success, fame, money. Was a serious actor yet could play the PR game and talk your ear off when he wanted. Not a death wish but a stupid, unfortunate traffic accident that these days would result in vehicular manslaughter charges brought upon the other driver. One point I had a problem with was they left out Eartha Kitt, who was a close friend from New York days. Otherwise, THE best Dean book I've read because it gets rid of BS myths that have been float ...more
Angela
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite book on Dean thus far.
Christina
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This cover alone is enough to make anyone want to read this book! Great Biography & well written!
Linda
Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure it shatters the myths but a good read anyway.
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He's at the peak of his game. A little bit sad for me, knowing that the accident was something he could have avoided, if he only heed the advice of his friends. Still a life lived before that!
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