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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author Marc Eliot comes the definitive biography of one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful actors, producers, and directors in the history of American motion pictures.

As an actor, he seduced us with his tough-guy charm in A Fistful of Dollars and Dirty Harry. As a director and a producer, he amazed us with his artistic insight and technical savvy in Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, and Changeling. Clint Eastwood represents the finest cinematic achievements of the last decades, and he remains one of film's greatest living legends.

In American Rebel, Marc Eliot examines the ever-exciting, often tumultuous arc of Eastwood's life and career, from his days as a disaffected college dropout, to his rise to fame as the archetypal loner, to his acceptance into the pantheon of the Academy as a multiple Oscar Award winner.

But this unauthorized biography is as much about Eastwood's personal life as his public work, and unlike past biographers, Eliot explores Eastwood's complex relationship between his life and his art with an unflinching look at his failures and his successes.

The most complete and up-to-date Eastwood biography yet, American Rebel is a must-have for Eastwood fans and anyone who loves movies.

©2009 Marc Eliot (P)2009 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Although Eastwood did not consent to be interviewed and key sources asked not to be named, Eliot documents a wealth of details in this well-researched, comprehensive biography that will not disappoint Eastwood's fans." ( Publishers Weekly)
“The story of a man who goes from small-time jazz pianist and gas-station attendant to Hollywood leading man reads like a rich movie plotline. All the sex, brawls, and gunslinging are here.” ( Playboy)

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I learned the hard way.

Biographies are much better if the author personally knows the person he is writing about. This books' author does not seem to know Clint Eastwood and has just written accounts from other people. He also repeatedly does a terrible Clint Eastwood impersonation when quoting him. Save your $$$.

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  • David
  • Hoboken, NJ, United States
  • 01-08-15

O.K if you are a BIG Eastwood fan

Kind of once over lightly for Eastwood. I know Clint didn't cooperate, so the author is struggling with secondary sources. But if you love Clint's work, this may be of interest.
Note the the narrator: your Eastwood imitation is terrible. Don't do imitations in your readings unless you can completely nail the imitation. I actually prefer readers who don't act, but just read the books. I'll bring my interpretation to the story, I don't need yours.My favorite readers are Richard Ferrone, superstar reader Dick Hill, and for a female reader, Kirsten Potter. All of them read clearly, and bring some emotion to the emotional bits. However, they do not act out the part, and they do not do imitations. Your imitation of Clint sounds like a bad imitation at an open mic night at a comedy club.

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  • Elaine
  • Monroe, GA, USA
  • 11-28-09

Embarrassment

While I am a great fan of Clint Eastwood movies, his personal life and 'free' lifestyle while married leaves a bad taste in my mouth. In additiion, it is clear this was not an authorized biography as Clint would have certainly been horrified listening to Mr. Eliot's immitation of Clint's voice, sounding much like a combination of Truman Capote and Ronald Reagan. I'd leave this one on the shelf!

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Very disappointing

I was extremely disappointed with this book. The writer seems to have researched the book by reading interviews of Clint or those that know him. A majority of the book is simply giving a synopsis of each of his movies. The worst part of the book is the narrator attempting to impersonate Clint Eastwood’s voice in the worst impression I have ever heard. He frequently quotes Clint Eastwood from things he has read and it is very distracting. One of the worst autobiographies I’ve ever listened to.

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Good Listen

Clint was one of my childhood heroes, this book brought him down and made him human and personal

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Narrator does fine Ronald Reagan impersonation?

Would you consider the audio edition of American Rebel to be better than the print version?

This is the one case where I'd advise to read the book unless you like shtick with your story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clint. It's obvious.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marc Eliot?

Pert near anyone.

Any additional comments?

Good book, very thorough, well-researched.

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Thank goodness we have this book!

Now please get to work on the next 10 years of Clint's life. The story still has a long way to go!