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Barbra: A Retrospective Hardcover – February 7, 2012
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BTW, since writing this review I've returned the book to Amazon. I just couldn't have a Streisand book in my home with inaccurate information.
For nearly 288 pages, you will see the history of Streisand - both the woman and the legend - portrayed in a variety of pictures and short essays.
In what had to be a monumental feat, Ms. Rossi is clearly one of Barbra's fans - no one could have lovingly compiled such a valentine as a chore or an assignment. The book is chock filled with photos from all her movies, concerts and television appearances. Also, Ms. Rossi has included movie posters for all of Barbra Streisand's films and a pictorial essay of all the album covers - both front and back.
True the pictures are ones that any hard boiled Streisand fan (and I sure am one) has already seen but never before have they been collected in one volume.
In all this is a handsome book and a fine tribute to the talent of the greatest start of our time.
But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when I received this book today. The book is quite beautiful. The photos , most I have seen, are bigger than I have in other books. Nice coverage of her Columbia Catalog.
I have every Streisand book that has been released. I have read them all and I bought this book for the photos. If your a fan you probably have already read or know all about Barbra. So buy this book and look at it while reading another Streisand book. For the price you can't go wrong.
The ONLY book to really read to get all the facts will be Barbra's autobiography when she writes it. So if your a fan you will enjoy this book just for the photos and the over-all look of the book.
Sometimes I think certain fans tell others not to purchase certain items so they are the only ones who have a copy in their collection.
Great addition to your Streisand collection if your like me...someone who has to have everything on "The Greatest Star"!
For a purported life-long fan (and some of the material suggests she actually might have been. . .once), author Allegra Rossi sure doesn't appear to have much of a long term memory. So much misinformation and nearly comical contradictory reportage, *almost* worth a look to Streisand fans as a spot-the-errors test.
Several pages after reporting that Nuts was completely ignored at Oscar time, author does complete 180, claiming Barbra was Academy Award-nominated for same film (she was wasn't), but lost to Sally Kirkland (who actually lost to Cher); says Paramount (not Fox) produced Hello Dolly!; announces that Lauren Bacall won Oscar for The Mirror Has Two Faces (she didn't); erroneously credits Phyllis Diller as one of Streisand's co-stars in Off-Off Broadway play Driftwood (Joan Rivers, yes; Phyllis Diller, no); misidentifies movie title of 1952 Susan Hayward movie that pre-dated stage musical I Can Get It For You Wholesale (it was originally released under same exact title). . .well, you get the idea. Oy vey!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative, beautiful pictures, great price! The editing was lacking, which probably wouldn't matter to anyone unless you're a grammar geek like me.Published 18 months ago by Leslie Levy
My sister reads these books as she is a big fan of BS....literally this is what I think of her, but so what?Published on April 2, 2014 by LEE MARIE
I saw this book at a restaurant one night in the little lounge area and just had to have it. Found it immediately and received it in jus a couple days.Published on February 4, 2014 by Sharon
A great book for any Barbra Streisand fan, I have quite a few books about Barbra & this is a welcome addition to my collectionPublished on September 19, 2013 by Amanda Fan
I think the book covered each of her albums and movies where each one was represented with at least a few pictures of each. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by the Poet of yesterday
Very good book that reveals Streisand' s talent as a multifaceted artist, beyond her instrument. Cover is so pretty.Published on July 29, 2013 by Ferne D. Spence