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James Dean

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  270 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The only fully illustrated chronological biography authorized by the Dean family, "James Dean is an amazing retrospective packed with images from his classic movies, family archives and private collections. This candid portrait of one of the greatest stars of all time tells the story behind the making of an American icon, uncovering new details about the man behind the leg ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this 5 stars for the photos alone. :) I mean, the writing is interesting, too, but the collection of photographs plus images of Dean's handwritten notes and typed letters is fascinating.

Thing I learned - James Dean wore glasses (and looked *hot* in them).

The book also contains quotes by and about Dean. He seems like he was a very thoughtful and intelligent guy. Such a loss....
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Amazing photographs! For those alone this book is 5 stars but unfortunately the written content lacked detail about James himself (obvious the author didn't know him personally) and offered no real or unquie insight into the life of James Dean. The layout was frustrating to read as some time the pages didn't follow on to the next but had other pages in between before continuing the sentence. Plus I felt this book lacked a focus on James Dean and a range of many other topics are decussed like oth ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'd give it five stars - even I learned a few things from this book, after years of JD obsession - but it's a bit forceful with its explanations. towards the end, I got a little tired of the "He wasn't really responsible for the crash, the court case was messed up, we need to rescue and correct his legacy, etc ..." Too controlling and obsessing too much.

Does anyone really still care that much about the fine details of that sad day?

Not so much, I'd say - better to focus on the other, more impor
Nickie Brunner
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. James Dean is my favorite actor!! This book gives so much detail into his life. I used it for my Senior Project, I did it on James Dean, and got the highest grade in the class.
Christi Balisti
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love James Dean :)
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies, owned
God I love this man.
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film, non-fiction, loved
Oddly enough, I’ve only ever read a single other James Dean bio which has lent some portrayal of his life (the likes of which I can’t for the life of me find), but I can say with ease that this is an exquisite account of his time here; beautifully laid out and collected, and focusing, I thought, more professionally on the information as opposed to the more gossipy takes on such actors of which I have had the misfortune to read as of late. Boasting fabulous, glossy pictures, it will undoubtedly g ...more
The photographs in this book are amazing! The layout, however, not so much. It was extremely confusing to read, and I also feel like there was a lot left out from the mysterious legend that is James Dean. A nice read, beautiful pictures, but overall a disappointment. I'm sure that there are other biographies out there that will prove to be better than this one.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book! Fast and easy read.
Filled with many photographs of his childhood. Photos of his handwritten childhood essays, typed letters and handwritten notes back home were wonderful to look at.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. He was an amazing talent.
Nov 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
It's pretty good. I got over half way through, but have been distracted by too many other things and books. I may get back to it though.
Karen Sills
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Remziye Özdemir
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
A wonderful book on the life of James Dean containing a wide selection of good quality photographs.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful biography filled with great photographs!
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like whitewashing
For those hoping for new and deeper insight into this mysterious actor who died young in a tragic car accident, this book is a big disappointment. This author is more concerned with re-cementing Dean's more popular portrayal as an all-American, heterosexual rebel than getting at any kind of truth about this person. Quotes are sparse and superficial, and bits of information that have long since come to light about Dean have been omitted in what seems like a blatant attempt by a biased, homophobic ...more
Αγγελική Μπούλιαρη
Ένας πληρέστατος τόμος του Τζορτζ Πέρι, από τις Εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο, που περιέχει όλες τις πληροφορίες για τον Τζέιμς Ντιν, τα πρώτα χρόνια, τη μαθητεία, πώς έγινε σταρ και θρύλος. Περιέχονται επίσης Χρονολόγιο, οι Θεατρικές και Τηλεοπτικές εμφανίσεις του, Φιλμογραφία, Χειρόγραφες επιστολές και σημειώματα του Τζέιμς, Φωτογραφίες από το Οικογενειακό Αρχείο, Αφίσες Ταινιών, και φυσικά εξαιρετικές Φωτογραφίες του Ντένις Στοκ, Ρόι Σατ και άλλων. Μιλούν γι' αυτόν συγγενείς, φίλοι, συνεργάτες, σκιαγραφ ...more
Victoria Nicholson
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the "authorized" version of Dean. This is what his kind but very conservative family want you to think about Dean. It is worth keeping for a Dean fan who wants most of the poses and info there is on Dean. Yet one must remeber
the family made what most Dean fans consider to be the worst film ever about Dean. I am making a reference to the Casper Van Dein film. So I beg of you if you read only one book on James Dean make it James Dean : Potrait of a Friend
by Roy Schatt (the number one choic
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