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Author and playwright Hotchner (Papa Hemingway) met Paul Newman in 1955, when the unknown actor took over for James Dean in Hotchner's first teleplay, beginning a friendship that lasted until the legendary actor's 2008 death. Chronicling that friendship, Hotchner presents a meandering collection of stories about their times and projects, including the successful business they started together. Vignettes feature the two fishing, traveling, and developing the Newman's Own brand, spreading the familiar news of Newman's nice-guy reputation, rigorous preparation for specific roles, penchant for practical jokes, philanthropic efforts, political involvement and disdain for rules. Though there's no question that the relationship between them ran deep-one passage finds Newman confiding his guilt over the drug-related death of his son, Scott-the author places himself in the middle of every story, resorts to frequent namedropping, and quotes extensively from private conversations that took place decades ago, giving the proceedings a queasy current of self-regard that could rub fans the wrong way.
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The author and Newman met in 1955, when the actor was starring in a television play written by Hotchner. They became friends and remained buddies until Newman’s death in 2008. Hotchner probably could have written a traditional biography of Newman, but instead he’s chosen—rightly—to write about episodes from their friendship, to show us Paul Newman as seen by someone close to him. We all have an image of Newman: talented actor, philanthropist, race-car driver, nice guy. But how many of us know that Newman, until shooting started, thought he was playing Sundance in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; that he turned down roles in All That Jazz and Jaws; that he was an incorrigible practical joker? Hotchner introduces us to the Newman we probably don’t know, and he turns out to be a man we wish we could have called our friend. Beautifully written (you can tell Hotchner loved and admired his friend) and probably more revealing of the actor’s private side than any traditional biography could hope to be. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030747481X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307474810
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grimbert on April 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was dumbfounded to see that the people rating this book one or two stars have not read it ! They just criticized the price !
As for me, I enjoyed it tremendously. At last we have a book written by someone who actually knew Paul Newman. (What a change, compared to so-called "biographies" written by people who had never met him and who, too often, resorted to unsubstantiated tabloid stories to tarnish his reputation.)
Mr Hotchner has a great sense of humour and many anecdotes are very funny. I laughed a lot. But there are some moving moments, especially at the end and also when he tells us about a conversation about Scott (PN's son).
This is a revealing, intimate (but not too intimate) portrait of a kind and generous man. I don't understand the people who have criticized the author for "betraying" his friend's intimate thoughts. Nothing secret is revealed : concerning PN's guilt about his son, it was not a secret. But, when Scott died, the stories made up by the tabloids were awful, accusing PN of not giving a damn about his son. Here, the author shows us how much he cared for him. Relating this conversation was necessary because it does him justice.
Thank you for this lovely tribute. I just found it too short !
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I am a huge fan of Paul Newman and was very excited when I heard this was being written. If you're looking for insight into his Hollywood life, then you may be a bit disappointed. (I was a little. Would have loved to hear about Paul's thoughts on his movies. The only reason it doesn't have five stars. I'm a HUGE fan of Newman's filmography.) This is mostly about Newman's Own and The Hole In the Wall Gang Camps. I found it fascinating. I learned so much about who Paul was as a person. Anyone who doesn't respect or admire how Paul lived his life outside of Hollywood must not understand just how rare a person like Paul Newman is.

Hotch has a great voice and there is a lot of humor. (The story about playing tennis with Newman and Redford was a favorite of mine.) He also captured some intimate moments in Paul's life (the death of his son, the start of the camps, Paul's illness, etc.) I was crying for the last fifteen-twenty pages when Hotch was talking about Paul's illness and how he had to miss events for his charities. It was hard to read, but I'm glad I did.

If you have even the smallest interest in Paul Newman: The Person, then I definitely recommend this book. Like I mentioned, it doesn't cover much of his time in Hollywood, but it's still worth the read.
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I read this book over the space of two days. I thoroughly enjoyed it. You will find no dirty laundry being trotted out. Hotchner was a friend and his writing never betrays his love for the man.He has given us a warm and affectionate accounting of the man we all suspected was good and decent. Hollywood may have made him famous and I did enjoy many of his movies, but what I loved most about this man was the way he quietly turned his own good fortune into good works for mankind. He earned hundreds of millions through the creation of Newman's Own food empire. This book is a testament to keeping fun and honesty forefront in business deals and how magically joy and ambition work successfully together. For Newman it was all a wonderful lark and he contributed his success to huge amounts of good luck. But reading this book will have you thinking that it was more than good luck, good looks and charisma kissing his long, wonderful celebration of life. Without a doubt his success was largely due do his giving his all and then sharing the wealth he produced. He made a decision early on not to take himself too seriously, yet he most seriously did use his many talents. He shared his good fortune with the world. He found the secret to a good life is the more you give the more your good fortunes multiply. I put down this book feeling a great deal of admiration for Paul Newman, he was a most enlightened individual and the world is a better place because he left his mark on it. We read far too much about the men whose greed and dishonesty are destroying our world and it is disheartening to all of us, but here is a story of a man who is the model of what a rich and talented man can create and give to the world. If you read this book you might feel as I do, I will forver miss Paul Newman because the world was just so much better when he was here with us! And thank you Mr. Hotchner for giving us this delightful inside look into his world.
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I wasn't too impressed with Shawn Levy's Paul Newman: A Life when I read it last year. I am happy to report that I've found a much better, although still incomplete, bio of Newman, one of my favorite actors. The book, Paul and Me: Fifty-three Years of Adventures and Misadventures with My Pal Paul Newman By A. E. Hotchner, was written by the man who was, by all accounts, Newman's best friend. Hotchner was also Newman's partner in the Newman's Own enterprise which sells all manner of grocery items with all of the net income going to charity.

First the good parts; the book is extremely engaging. In fact I read it in one sitting. It is essentially the story of a 50 year friendship between Newman and Hotchner. It is full of stories about the two men's fishing career (hilariously bad, aboard a series of boat), Paul's racing exploits, the founding of Newman's Own (Newman was mixing a huge batch of salad dressing to give away to neighbors as Christmas presents. Hotchner was stirring the batch with a boat paddle!) and just hanging out. There was a very poignant section describing Newman's relationship with his son Scott, who died of a drug overdose in his 20s, and Newman's reaction Scott's death.

The only "bad" part, and it's not a slam on the book, which does exactly what it's supposed to do, is that it's incomplete. This book is not, in any way a serious biography of Paul Newman. With that caveat, I recommend it highly and enjoyed it immensely!
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