McQueen: The Untold Story of a Bad Boy in Hollywood

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Berkley Books, 1987 - 416 pages
"When I began to write about Steve McQueen, I had no idea of how complex a human being he was. We all have many truths; Steve McQueen had more than most. I would listen as someone assured me that Steve's nature was a dour one and the only thing that tickled him was the misfortune of others--and then, perhaps that very same afternoon, would hear stories of shared humor and adventure and fun and prankishness. Steve McQueen had a thousand faces, a multitude of behaviors, hundreds of horses in his corral. Some will say of a particular section, "That's not the man I knew"--and they will be right. The people closest to McQueen know that. Almost without exception, each of Steve's buddies assured me that he only knew certain side of him, that Steve kept secret rooms in his soul. They commiserated with me on the difficulty of my task and joked that they looked forward to reading this book in order to learn about the man with whom they had spent so much of their time. Gradually patterns and themes--the underlying threads of a life and a personality--began to emerge into a portrait of the quirky, tormented, maddening, and infinitely endearing person who was Steve McQueen."--Author's note.

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The last major biography on Steve McQueen, William F. Nolan's McQueen! ( LJ 11/1/82), a friendly and solid work, totally skirted the star's private life. Two new works address that void with a ... Read full review

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