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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Fromm Intl (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880642343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880642347
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,143,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a dozen biographies under his belt, the veteran Jeffrey Meyers took a round-up-the-usual-suspects approach to research, unlike the more comprehensive Sperber/Lax collaboration (see above). His much briefer book has more attitude and more gossip--claiming, for example, that Bogart's wife, Lauren Bacall, had an affair with Frank Sinatra while Bogart lay dying. It also boasts a stronger point of view: Meyers opens by drawing parallels between Bogart and Ernest Hemingway, and closes with a consideration of what the posthumous "Bogart cult" says about American values. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Much of the literature on Humphrey Bogart focuses on the source of his enduring appeal, and until now there has not been an in-depth biography. The clear winner between these two titles is the Sperber-Lax collaboration. Sperber (Murrow: His Life and Times, Freundlich, 1986) did all the interviews and wrote a first version of the manuscript; after her death, Lax (Woody Allen, LJ 5/1/91) finished the writing. Sperber's more than 200 interviews and time spent in the Warner Brothers studio archives paid off. This model biography should become the standard study of Bogart. Meyers (Robert Frost, LJ 4/15/96) is taking on his first Hollywood subject, and it shows. His descriptions and analyses of the studio system don't carry the authority they should. He does add interesting anecdotes to the record, but only the largest collections will want to purchase both books.?Thomas Wiener, "Satellite DIRECT"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Arant on January 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
The uniquely direct style of Jeffrey Meyers is a most suitable tool for examining this uniquely blunt man. Some startling parallels exist in the lives of Bogart and Hemingway. Bogart's bravery in facing a painful death is remarkably well-told and provides the most important insights into the man's inner soul. Bogart would no doubt be pleased, amused and enraged at this in-depth treatment of his life and legacy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on November 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a great biography of Bogart that blends his off screen real character with descriptions of his more than 50 movies.

Bogart is a cultural icon that we think of as being remote, a combination cool tough guy, but with a soft heart. It is hard to keep it all in perspective since the Bogart persona was all an act by a skilled and professional actor. At Warner Brothers and elsewhere he liked to follow a strictly 9:00am to 6:00pm schedule, resisted travel to exotic locations, had a habit of learning his lines in the morning, shooting in the afternoon, and then going home at 6:00 pm. He kept regular hours except during periods of crisis or between movies. Bogart had a slightly volatile personality and was prone to outbreaks of profanity, but he was not a rowdy who would start fist fights in bars or similar. Also, he was not impressed with wealth since his New York parents were well off and the money from his fame did not go to his head. He was often the center of attention in public, but also he was a very private person who enjoyed the solitude of his sailing boats in seclusion off the coast of California, or games of chess, or just staying at home. Like his fans, he sometimes confused his on screen and off screen personalities. He was a chain smoker and frequent drinker who eventually fell prey to throat cancer, but he continued to smoke until he died.

His story is aptly told here by a well know biography author Jeffrey Myers and it is a good book. It is well written, seemingly well researched, engrossing, and an entertaining read. I read the 400 pages cover to cover. It is very entertaing for Bogart fans. The book is slightly uneven but it is mostly great reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A very well written biography of the legendary Humphrey Bogart? Sounds like a daunting task, but Meyers brings the man behind the myth to life, beautifully.Meyers draws from a vast array of factual material and accounts (with excellent footnotes chronicling what was said when, where and by whom), and sometimes even adds his own caustic wit into the mix (just as Bogie would have liked it!) but he always manages to stay objective and to the point. He avoids gossip, but does not shy away from exploring the very interesting personal facts and details about Bogie's off-screen life--all of those things that bring the legend to life and portray him for the man that he was--very human--and rare. The book also features a great bibliography. A very informative and intelligently written biography that I know I will keep refering back to again and again through the years, as I catch up on all of his films, (which are also described--and explained here in great eye-opening detail on the studios at the time, directors actors...and the infamous Jack Warner of Warner Bros.) A terrific read--I highly recommend it!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By meiringen on May 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a long-time Bogart fan, I was very disappointed in the sloppy research in this book. The best thing about the book is the pictures.
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