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'A tale rich with intrigue, love, lust, lies and betrayal...I loved this book' Janine di Giovanni; 'Ambition, integrity and courage were intertwined in Capa, as Alex Kershaw persuades in this elegant biography...a spellbinding portrait of his gypsy life.' Sunday Times; 'Packed with good stories, and snappily written, Blood and Champagne is as full of life as the man it celebrates.' Observer; 'Remarkably fine' Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, and The Few, and two biographies: Jack London and Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (May 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306813564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306813566
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This seems to be a thoroughly researched book. All that is missing are the photographs taken by the subject - Robert Capa. Magnum and the late Cornell Capa did not allow Alex Kershaw to use them as they felt this was an UN-authorized bio. My question is: How MUCH better would an authorized bio be?? The writer goes back to Capa's first girl friend, his living conditions as a child, his parents' origins, plus anecdotes and qoutes from co-workers and friends. The life and death of the love of his life is also covered. I was throughly engrossed in the story of one of photography's greatest shooters and the changing times inwhich he lived. The addition of personal papers would have been good as well, but as I seem to recall, Kershaw writes that Capa was not a great writer, so perhaps he left little written record. Nonetheless, the record is the photography Capa left behind. I'm sure there are many websites and sources people can go to if they wish to see the work of this man. Not as a plug, but, The International Center of Photography in New York City might be a good place to start.
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Reading recently "Hotel Florida" about the war in Spain in the late 1930s as told through Robert Capa's eyes (and five others' eyes ) impelled me to know more about Capa. Hence, I picked up this biography. Capa was a self- made photo journalist, bon vivant and brave person working in his field throughout almost every war from the nineteen thirties through the nineteen fifties.

We learn about Capa's breakneck life. We learn about his great points and not so great points, which almost "everyone" forgave him for. He lived life for himself --drinking, sleeping around and making himself into a famous war photographer simultaneously. How he did this, formed a long lasting business and charmed the ladies ( including Ingrid Bergman) is the subject of this biography that uncovers the horrors of war while not being totally depressing. This is a credit to the biographer, Kershaw, and to Capa--a man's man and, actually, a nice guy.
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The life of Robert Capa is fascinating. Born in Budapest in 1913, he was to die forty years later in Vietnam after establishing himself as one of the great photojournalists of the 20th Century. He captured on film some of the most memorable pictures in the Spanish Civil War, including the iconic "The Falling Soldier." A shameless propagandist for the Republican cause, he thought nothing of having combatants "pose" for some of his most dramatic pictures - including, many think, "The Falling Soldier." Did the republican soldier fall because he was shot or because he tripped? Was it posed? The jury is still out on that one. A Jew at a time when anti-Semitism was rife in Europe, he became a committed anti-fascist and socialist. He established the photographers' co-operative, Magnum, in order that photographers had control over their own photographs and earnings. This was not so different to the kibbutzim established in Israel by highly idealistic settlers whom he so admired. Needless to say, Capa was there to record the birth of the fledgling state of Israel in 1948 and caught on film that nation's birth pains as it battled with its Arab neighbours. War was his medium, even though he hated it. He went over in a landing craft to photograph the D-Day landings and produced some of the most memorable pictures of battle ever taken. This was despite that most of the pictures were ruined during the rushed processing in London and some of those that survived are out of focus.
Capa was talented, generous, humorous, and charismatic. An inveterate gambler, he played poker with the likes of John Huston and Ernest Hemmingway, and inevitably lost. Like most people who don't care about money, money problems plagued him.
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"The man who invented himself", Robert Capa. What a life, what a story! The book depicts the life of a man who never stop defying destiny. Until he ran out of luck! It's incredible to learn how he managed to survive the Spanish civil war and D-day. What out-of-this-world character he was!
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By SLester on March 29, 2011
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This book is absolutely amazing! I had always wondered about Robert Capa growing up. Who was he? Where was he from? Why is his name on all of the D-Day picture credits on those bury pictures? Alex Kershaw does a masterful job of telling the life story of such an interesting man. So many gifts in life and privileges that he left behind to follow his passion of photography. The many wars he covered and the life he lived are much alike in times of peace and in times of war as his life was a roller coaster of emotions and experiences that eventually led to his death. If you are interested in Robert Capa, photography, or in Alex Kershaw as a writer, this is a must read!
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I loved this book. It actually made me cry. I had no idea that Robert Capa had an affair with Ingrid Bergman (among others!) and it is brilliantly told. I have read a few of Alex Kershaw's books and the thing I really love about them is that they tell true stories in an exciting way. They really do read like novels -- rather than the usual stuffy, worthy bios that get written that only an obsessive fan of the subject could be bothered to wade through. Deserves to be made into a movie.
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