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From the PublisherBilly Wilder Sam Spiegel! That's quite a subject.
David Geffen Legend is almost always larger than life, but my friend Sam Spiegel proved that life could be larger than legend, which Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni captures brilliantly in her book.
David Brown To paraphrase a famous Hollywood scrap of dialogue, it's the moguls who got smaller. Sam Spiegel was a giant who rendered insignificant the pygmies in his wake. His life story is as big as any of his pictures and as fascinating. His is the greatest Hollywood story ever told. Sam would agree.
Peter Viertel Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni has written a densely documented biography of one of Hollywood's most notorious monstres sacrés, charting the rise and fall of Sam Spiegel colorfully and yet objectively, so that having turned the last page I feel I know the man better than ever before, even though I was acquainted with him for many years. It is a brilliant achievement for so young an author, or any author at any age.
André Leon Talley, Editor-at-large, Vogue A true achievement: this is a sexy, sexy book which reads like a David Lean film. Sam Spiegel was a monster but a brilliant monster who led a fascinating and glamorous life, and Fraser-Cavassoni manages to capture it all with fabulous and intricate detail.
Kevin Brownlow Author of David Lean, A Biography I admit to being highly prejudiced against Sam Spiegel. When I read Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni's book, I was startled to meet an entirely fresh character.