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"Walsh spun outlandish yarns about his early life, which was colorful enough not to need embellishment. In this extensively researched biography, Moss works hard to separate the teller from the tale."―
"Although Raoul Walsh is now a half-forgotten name in film history, many of his films are still fondly remembered, and this well-written and -researched biography―which benefits from the author's access to scholars and Walsh's family and friends―should help restore luster to his reputation."―Library Journal
"Moss's work shares much more than Walsh's life. It carries us through the epic history of the American film industry."―San Francisco Book Review
"Raoul Walsh was Hollywood's forgotten man. . . . Only now, 30 years after his death, has he been accorded a biography."―Wall Street Journal
"Moss chronicles with dogged research, astute critical observation, and psychological insight"―philly.com
"Moss uncovers some amazing facts and rich anecdotes to color her portrait of this singular movie pioneer."―Wimgo Movies
"Raoul Walsh is one of the finest film books of the year, and an essential addition to your cinema bookshelf."―National Board of Review
"A highly readable biography of this legendary filmmaker with more than 150 films to his credit."―King Features Syndicate, Inc.
"Moss had access to Walsh papers and family stories not previously brought to print and deeply researched this vivid biography of the action-minded but often subtle master."―San Diego Reader
"Moss chronicles [Walsh's life] with dogged research, astute critical observation, and psychological insight."―The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Moss's book is an important step forward in Walsh scholarship―her superb research uncovers reams of production history."―Film Comment
"Moss . . . has done an admirable job of examining Walsh's life and accomplishments, sorting out the myths and reestablishing his place in the American pantheon."―The Washington Post
"This book bursts with facts, color, and charm, and along the way provides the reader with a clear sense of how the director's character infused his art."―Choice
"This is a book made out of affection, respect and lengthy research - and surely we have waited long enough for a proper account of the life and work of Raoul Walsh in English."―Sight and Sound
"Moss brings Walsh to life expertly, mining his many contradictions as she separates mythic chaff from factual wheat to give use the fullest portrait of Walsh we are ever likely to get."―Directors Guild of America Quarterly
"Moss went through archives, talked to survivors, and read memos, letters, reviews, interviews and autobiographies. The scope of this research is the book's lasting achievement. Walsh was a boisterous and engaging character, and the book does make him come alive. After finishing the book, it is hard not to miss him. ― Frames Cinema Journal"―Fredrik Gustafsson, Frames Cinema Journal
The author does a poor job of writing this biography of an interesting movie director. She liberally quotes his autobiography. Read morePublished 11 months ago by babyboomerlarry
This was given as a gift to my husband who LOVES old movies. He thoroughly enjoyed the book. I ordered it for Christmas and it arrived in the condition promised and in plenty of... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Trixie
It was a very intersting book. Mr Walsh was a great director, but not a particularly nice person. But for someone who loves classic old movies, it is a very good read.Published on February 2, 2013 by jbkap930