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American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

    American Hero; Clint Eastwood

    Marc Elliot treats the "Clint" legacy with both intrigue and irreverence, much as he did Jimmy Stewart. He digs up avenues of material that most are unfamiliar with, and possibly uncomfortable even though the entire story is held together with all of his un-earthing of aspects that most fans are not commonly comfortable with. Much of the Struggles and painful areas of life are dealt with here by Elliot that have not been publicly addressed before. Not that Marc tends to dwell on the 'Dark' sides of his clients, but we all have them, and are part of Who we are inspite of the fronts that mask most of our existance. This book carries a full weight of material on our "Hero" Clint in a way and a pace that is magnitizing, it draws us into the story, rather than repels, as one might superficially mistake upon this High Quality rendition of a popular American Icon.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

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    HE'S ONE OF A KIND !

    There is probably not a more iconic Hollywood figure today than Clint Eastwood, nor for that matter is there a more private one. Now, New York Times bestselling author Marc Eliot ( Reagan" The Hollywood Years, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart) to a large degree demystifies Eastwood by putting carefully examining the movies he has had made and his life to date.

    As Sondra Locke with whom Eastwood had a 14 year relationship said, "People can know him for years and never be sure of what he's thinking. He's one of the warmest people in the world, but there's a certain distance, a certain mystery to him." Readers will not discover Eastwood's thoughts but much light will be shed on his journey from college dropout/playboy to become one of the most successful and respected men in the film industry. It was a twisted path marked by 2 marriages and 7 children. His romantic liaisons were often with co-stars, and he once said, "There is only one way to have a happy marriage, and as soon as I learn what it is I'll get married again.

    He's played many a tough loner and, according to Eliot, Eastwood was tough, hanging out in "seedy bars" and playing jazz piano in his younger days. Little would one think that the tall, lanky fellow who for over 7 years co-starred in TV's Rawhide and churned out spaghetti Westerns would one day be a multiple Academy Award Winner. But, he was and to paraphrase a song he did it his way.

    Enjoy!

    - Gail Cooke

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    Inspirational

    I enjoyed this well-written and well researched biography. I prefer autobiographies but this was extremely absorbing and inspirational. Perhaps the fact that I think Clint Eastwood is a great actor and director has something to do with the fact that I enjoyed reading about his life.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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