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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; Slp edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576875865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576875865
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Today’s leading men should take notice of Gary Cooper: Enduring Style.”
-Wall Street Journal

"I’m telling you, you guys are going to love it! Great for men looking for old school style inspiration, great for fans of vintage photography and Old Hollywood glamour and great for women looking for a gift for their man."
-The Sartorialist

"Macho, debonair, ‘catnip to women’ – all perfectly describe Gary Cooper, whose Old Hollywood elegance is celebrated in this new book.”
-W magazine

About the Author

G. Bruce Boyer has been a noted fashion writer and editor for more than 35 years. He was associated with Town & Country magazine as men’s fashion editor for 15 years. His articles have also appeared in Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other publications. He is the author of multiple books on the subject of men’s fashion and has also worked in advertising, PR, and media consulting for companies such as Nordstrom, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Southwick, Bergdorf Goodman, and Gant among others.

Maria Cooper Janis was born in Los Angeles and grew up there with her parents, the actor Gary Cooper and his wife Veronica Cooper. A talented painter, a noted philanthropist, and a filmmaker, Maria married the world-renowned concert pianist, Byron Janis, in 1966.

Ralph Lauren is the Chairman and CEO of Polo Ralph Lauren, a global lifestyle brand representing the best in American design. Lauren’s career has spanned four decades, during which he has cultivated the iconography of America—whether it is a reflection of the New England coast, Native American culture, or Hollywood glamour—to create one of the most widely recognized families of consumer brands, worldwide.

Ruth Ansel
, art director, designer, and lecturer has collaborated for over four decades with photographers, illustrators, and artists such as Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Peter Beard, Bruce Weber, and Annie Leibovitz. She was the youngest co-art director of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in the 60s. She then went on to art direct The New York Times Magazine in the 70s, House & Garden and Vanity Fair in the 80’s, and Vogue. In the early 90’s she formed her own design studio where she continues to design magazines and books, including a master monograph for Taschen by Peter Beard. A book called Hall of Femmes about Ruth and her celebrated forty-year
career was published in 2010. Ruth was the recipient of The Art Directors prestigious 2011 Hall of Fame award.

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I learned so much about him and his look.
Holly Hart
The photos in Gary Cooper, Enduring Style, make up one of the most intimate portraits of a public figure I have seen.
Bathsheba Monk
Just sliding G. Bruce Boyer's and Maria Cooper Janis' book on Gary Cooper out its linen container is a tactile treat.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By garycooperfan on December 8, 2011
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I pre-ordered `Gary Cooper: Enduring Style' the moment I spotted it on Amazon as I am a diehard Gary Cooper fan and own every book I can get my hands on that feature my favorite actor. I had high hopes for this book as I enjoyed 'Gary Cooper Off Camera: A Daughter Remembers' by Maria Cooper Janis published a few years ago. From the title of the new book, I was expecting a celebration of the grace and style that Gary Cooper, the movie star, presented to the world in his lifetime of making movies and an intimate glimpse of Gary Cooper, the man, in his private life as he exuded the same qualities. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

For a retail price of $60.00, I would think that this book would be of a higher quality than it is and feature lots of lush, full-page photographs. It does not. The clothes and the man wearing them radiate quality and grace but the presentation is over-reaching and too concerned with a 'distressed' or 'shabby chic' look that it overrides the glamour of the life and style of its subject. The dark brown book comes in a matching box/sleeve (as DVDs sometimes do) with the same color cover and silver print. The printing on the box is not as sharp and crisp as it might have looked as the material used is rough so the first impression of the overall look is not one of quality. It is also much smaller than I was expecting. Almost a thin text-book size rather than the coffee-table size of Janis's other book. I did not read the dimensions of the book when I ordered it so that one is my fault.

Most of the photos in this book are quite small. Big, blank pages with a small sepia photo in the middle. Some of the pages are totally blank. I guess it's supposed to be more artistic that way.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ClassicStyle on December 15, 2011
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If you're looking for either a flashy, glossy book filled with overblown photographs or a full detailed biography of Gary Cooper this certainly isn't your book. But if you want something subtle, personal, and nuanced, like Cooper himself was, you've hit jackpot with "Enduring Style."

The book is, at its core, about Cooper's style and lifestyle, not the details of his biography, and tackles the subject admirably. Cooper was never a flash guy, always preferring good taste and humility to crass flaunting of his good looks, talent, and wealth. The book does the same.

While some reviewers don't seem to like the smaller photo format, I think it's one of the best features of the book. You get the sense you're flipping through an intimate family photo album full of unposed, unpretentious pictures. These aren't publicity shots or film stills - they're pictures of a supremely elegant man living a supremely elegant life even without the public watching. It doesn't matter what film set he's on, or precisely what year the photos were taken, they're about the man in them instead of what's going on around him. Maria Cooper Janis sharing these peeks into Coop's private life is a blessing.

As always, Boyer takes a book about style and makes it so much more. The essay is short, well written, and a great companion to the photos. They speak volumes and Boyer is careful not to over talk them. The whole volume feels like a private conversation had over coffee in Cooper's living room with family and friends. Which is exactly what I wanted. Well done all.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary K on December 17, 2011
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Gary Cooper was the greatest American actor and a man who defined American style. This elegant, beautifully-bound book captures all of that, with terrific photos and writing. All the men I have given it to have raved about it. The book takes us back to a glamorous Hollywood, and who doesn't love that?!? Have bought 15 copies, so far.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Holly Hart on December 16, 2011
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I also pre-ordered this book. Couldn't wait for it to come. And was THRILLED when I finally saw it! I love the dark brown linen, silver type, and black/white photo on the cover and slip--it's so elegant. It looks fabulous on my coffee table! But most importantly, inside are so many candid family photos of this gorgeous man--plus some of family, friends, milieu, etc. The presentation gives me the feel of actually being privileged to glimpse a family album belonging to this sophisticated, impossibly attractive man. And G. Bruce Boyer's essay gave me that wonderful a-hah! feeling you get when someone is able to put into words--beautifully written words, by the way--exactly why it is that something delights you. In this case, that something is the man, Gary Cooper. I learned so much about him and his look. But as with the rest of this book, just enough. Really, I don't have time for encyclopedic endeavors. You can sit down and have cocktails with this fun,elegant book, not sign up for a college semester. So, in my humble opinion, this is a fabulous book! In fact, I ordered another copy to give my son-in-law for Christmas!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bathsheba Monk on December 15, 2011
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The photos in Gary Cooper, Enduring Style, make up one of the most intimate portraits of a public figure I have seen. Cooper lounging on the beach with his beautiful wife, Rocky; Cooper hanging out in white tie with his buddies (Clark Gable, Van Heflin, and Jimmy Stewart); at a hunting party in Sun Valley, Idaho; with his friends Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. The photos in this book are snapshots and give the reader a rare unposed, unphotoshopped look at a true style icon in his environment, after the stylists have gone home, after the mike is off so to speak. And the overall feeling you are left with is that Cooper was a man very much at home in his skin and whatever he happened to be wearing and whereever he happened to find himself. These pictures were apparently chosen from thousands of family photos and frankly I was left wanting to see tham all!

Cooper was a man at home on the range and in high society and even in intellectual circles and everything he chose to wear and the things he chose to surround himself with reflected that American ideal. He was the embodiment of how we Americans fancy ourselves: rugged, competent, an excellent shot, but able to mix a proper cocktail and he could even act a little! He was as at home in a hunting party in Sun Valley as he was chatting to Picasso or attending a party in Southampton where he and Rocky owned a house. And that, it seems to me, is the true definition of sexy and I think I now have a historical crush on Mr. Cooper!

The photos, while wonderful, were not why I purchased the book. I was already a huge fan of Mr. Boyer and this book does not disappoint. He tells us what the influences were on Mr. Cooper's style choices, where he got his material, and where he got his clothing made. He explains the lineage of Mr.
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