- Hardcover: 220 pages
- Publisher: Taschen America; Limited edition edition (July 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3836536242
- ISBN-13: 978-3836536240
- Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 16 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,823,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Lawrence Schiller began his career as a photojournalist for Life, Playboy, and Paris Match, among others, photographing some of the most iconic figures of the 1960s, from Lee Harvey Oswald to Robert F. Kennedy, from Ali and Foreman to Redford and Newman. His many book collaborations include the Pulitzer Prize-winning book with Norman Mailer, The Executioner's Song; and he has written five New York Times bestsellers. He has also directed seven motion pictures and miniseries for television; The Executioner's Song and Peter the Great won five Emmys. He is also the founder of The Norman Mailer Center & Writer’s Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts.</DIV>
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Top Customer Reviews
ONE: It is filled with information I had never heard before (not easy these days) and is written in a style that makes Marilyn fresh, contemporary and exciting - many times I found myself desperate to get to the next page. Also, in its humanity, the book neither deifies Marilyn, or makes her a joke - you are just left with the extraordinary portrait of an exceptionally hardworking, ambitious and shrewd woman. This is a very refreshing change from the usual victim scenarios.
TWO: This book is being published in tandem with Taschen's BEYOND lavish, limited-edition deluxe volume. I saw a preview copy at the Taschen store recently and my jaw dropped. The image quality is stunning - but that's for another review. Anyway, the point I'm making, is that after reading the paperback I was eager for more. I would say it contains about 20 photos - quite a few of which I had never seen before - but this book is not so much about the photos, to me it's really a teaser to whet the appetite. And it sure did.
THREE: It's ELEVEN BUCKS !!! Thank you. I will be saving my pennies for the big book, but I thought it was quite generous of the author to share this with people who may not be able to afford the more expensive version. I loved the Vanity Fair article of course, but I held out for the book for the sake of completion and continuity. Cute cover too.
Schiller worked with her on two memorable occasions which this book documents. Despite it's short length, it is probably one of the most three-dimensional depictions of Marilyn that I have ever read. In their brief conversations, Schiller is able to flesh out the many sides of Marilyn...both good and bad. You can see the negatives and positives of her entourage and friends. Without delving into unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, Schiller is able to give the facts that he knew personally and leaves the rest up to the reader. Marilyn was a somewhat complex character; thanks to this book, the reader learns what her motivations where at the end of her life; her joys, her disappointments, and her fears. True, there are only a handful of photos (all black and white), but each one is a gem that captures Marilyn and her multi-faceted personality. Schiller brings her back to life through words and photos as no other writer has in the past.
Job well done!
The price of the book makes it affordable and a must-buy -- and I agree with another reviewer who says it will help save up for the collector's item version published by Taschen. I am glad that the decision was made to make these memories accessible to a wider public by producing this edition in addition to the more expensive Taschen one. True, I may have thought I would see more photographs given the book is a photographer's account - but in reading it, I realized the book is more about the account of this relationship and the author's own growth and the images as complements to the text were just right for me.