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American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood

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As an actor, he seduces us with his tough-guy charm. As a director and producer, he amazes us with his artistry and technical savvy. As a Hollywood icon, Clint Eastwood, one of film's greatest living legends, represents some of the finest cinematic achievements in the history of American cinema.

In American Rebel, bestselling author and acclaimed film historian Marc Eliot
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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J.P. Willson
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think everyone has been asked the question, "If you could meet someone famous whom would it be?" Although there are many people on my list, Clint Eastwood has always been way up near the top.
Ever since I can remember anything about movies and movie stars I guess, yet I never really considered Clint Eastwood to be in the category of "movie star." I'm not sure why but after reading this book he certainly has earned his just rewards it would seem.
To me he just seemed like this normal everyday gu
Sean O'Hara
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, film
This is a breezy, shallow biography with little in the way of insight or original research.

Discussion of Eastwood's films is virtually non-existent -- Eliot gives a small plot synopsis and a rundown of pre-production, followed by a summary of critical reviews that seems to be gleaned from Rotten Tomatoes. There's hardly any discussion of filming, unless you count rumors about which co-star Eastwood was boffing, and he doesn't seem to've interviewed Eastwood's co-stars, even though most are stil
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: casual fans of CE
Unbelievably fast read, and at the end I had to wonder what the point of it was. The author, as far as I could tell, didn't do any original research like interviews with co-stars and acquaintances. All the sources were previously published, so it had a slapdash magazine article feel to the whole thing. It's a stark contrast to Susan Compo's bio of Warren Oates which, despite its flaws, had a hefty chunk of new material and revelations (such as the first, forgotten, Mrs. Oates and many interviews ...more
Martijn Pollmann
In this bio, one thing is made abundantly clear, up until the age of 65 Mr. Eastwood humped everything with a heartbeat. Which makes him sound less like a rebel and more like Paris Hilton. It is interesting how he didn’t care much for the Hollywood establishment and did whatever he wanted in his career. If you have Clint on a high pedestal and regard him as legend though, don’t read this.
On the bio itself, too much gossip and the writer is in love with his subject, turning everything that he’s e
My family and I are big Clint Eastwood fans. My son and husband love the Dirty Harry and spaghetti western movies. I have seen several movies that have had Clint as an actor and or director and loved them.
So, I decided to read this biography about him to learn more.
I didn’t know what a womanizer he was! This doesn’t change my feelings about him as an actor/director, but I have to say, I was surprised. He has fathered at least 7 children and was not necessarily married to the mother of any of the
B. R. Reed
Clint Eastwood is an American icon and I've loved the guy and his movies since the early 70s and Dirty Harry. This is a well done book and I found it very useful as a guide for all his movies and a good outline for his personal life. Clint is now 87 yrs old. Hard to believe. He has been tremendously active as both an actor and a director for 50-60 yrs. I might also add, very successful. I think what you see is what you get. I really think he's more libertarian than republican. His political phil ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They say never meet your heroes and I'm wondering if I should extend that to reading about them too. The author totally nails covering Eastwood's childhood by not deep diving into his GPA and cracking the hell on with it. This is where most biographies really wither but not here. Not only does the author demystify one of the most mythic figures in movies of the last 60 years, he paints a human portrait. The stinger is that portrait is also deeply unflattering on mostly personal but a little prof ...more
William Wren
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
While any biography is going to be interpretative, American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood feels less interpretative than peppered with a lot of personal opinion. Particularly in the latter half, it continually weaves from a paint-by-numbers recounting of events to a kind of cranky blogger’s ranting.

They aren’t particularly distinctive rants either; they’re fashionable opinions about Hollywood, celebrities and so on. It’s gossip magazine stuff; Perez Hilton with a better facility with languag
This book is a fraud. Riddled with so many errors on simple easy-to-check details ---- like which actor played which part, what the main character's job is, who dies, the nominations/awards list is incomplete, although the book claims to be the "only complete" bio of its subject. But it also has 2 major errors: the well-known catchphrase "Do ya feel lucky? Well, do ya?" is given as "Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya? which makes no sense; also, text has Eastwood losing a best-actor Oscar for 2008 for ...more
Pretty shallow read. Marc Eliot reveals nothing new as the book reads like a wikipedia page. Small details on Clint Eastwood's films and very little insight. If you are looking for an in depth biography than this isn't it. However, if you are looking for a book that basically gives you the summaries off the back of dvd cases and petty gossip on who Clint was sleeping with at the time than this book is it.
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