McBride is especially effective at limning the contours of Spielberg's childhood. Born in 1946 to Arnold and Leah Spielberg, the young Steven endured both frequent moves and his parents' unhappy domestic life. These factors, combined with the anti-Semitism he encountered as a teenager, drove the introverted Spielberg to seek approval through filmmaking. In addition to exploring Spielberg's private life, McBride offers some perceptive criticism of his work. Anyone interested in the film industry and Spielberg's place in it will find Joseph McBride's Steven Spielberg a valuable resource. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The book gives you most of the detailed information about Steven Spielberg.
I wish to emphasise this point because I really did not enjoy reading it, and that came down to my expectations: I wanted the celebration.
McBride also doesn't really do justice to either Minority Report or Munich, films which he likes but doesn't seem to love much.
I bought this book for my nephew for Christmas and he is enjoying reading it a lot.Published 2 months ago by linda kambitsch-vazquez
This book might be the most in-depth work ever written on Spielberg and his films. Author McBride provides details about Spielberg's life and films that other writers have usually... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SDW67
If you want to know everything about Spielberg, this is the most completed book about him hut you should not expect to see lots of photos in this book....Published 9 months ago by Anahita
I've always been a Spielberg fan, and decided to read this book (via a friend's advice). Good book (esp. in the beginning), but mostly focuses on his directing/producing craft. Read morePublished 11 months ago by CH111
My daughter loves Steven Spielberg and was so delighted to get this book about this life. She loves biographies. GreatPublished 15 months ago by Charity Rose
This book is THICK. I was a little worried as it got off to a REALLY slow start and went way back into the past of Spielberg's grandparents - a little further back than I really... Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Grey
This biography is an intellectual and somewhat psychological profile of Spielberg the man with a major focus on debunking the mythology surrounding him. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by SoulThief
Since the original 1997 edition of Joseph McBride's biography of Steven Spielberg is still, I think, the best book on Spielberg around, I went ahead and checked out the Second... Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Adam Zanzie