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The long-anticipated biography of Robert Redford. Among the most widely admired Hollywood stars of his generation, Redford has appeared onstage and on-screen, in front of and behind the camera, earning Academy, Golden Globe, and a multitude of other awards and nominations for acting, directing, and producing, and for his contributions to the arts. His Sundance Film Festival The long-anticipated biography of Robert Redford. Among the most widely admired Hollywood stars of his generation, Redford has appeared onstage and on-screen, in front of and behind the camera, earning Academy, Golden Globe, and a multitude of other awards and nominations for acting, directing, and producing, and for his contributions to the arts. His Sundance Film Festival transformed the world of filmmaking; his films defined a generation. America has come to know him as the Sundance Kid, Bob Woodward, Johnny Hooker, Jay Gatsby, and Roy Hobbs. But only now, with this revelatory biography, do we see the surprising and complex man beneath the Hollywood façade. From Redford’s personal papers—journals, script notes, correspondence—and hundreds of hours of taped interviews, Michael Feeney Callan brings the legendary star into focus. Here is his scattered family background and restless childhood, his rocky start in acting, the death of his son, his star-making relationship with director Sydney Pollack, the creation of Sundance, his political activism, his artistic successes and failures, his friendships and romances. This is a candid, surprising portrait of a man whose iconic roles on-screen (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, The Natural) and directorial brilliance (Ordinary People, Quiz Show) have both defined and obscured one of the most celebrated, and, until now, least understood, public figures of our time.


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The long-anticipated biography of Robert Redford. Among the most widely admired Hollywood stars of his generation, Redford has appeared onstage and on-screen, in front of and behind the camera, earning Academy, Golden Globe, and a multitude of other awards and nominations for acting, directing, and producing, and for his contributions to the arts. His Sundance Film Festival The long-anticipated biography of Robert Redford. Among the most widely admired Hollywood stars of his generation, Redford has appeared onstage and on-screen, in front of and behind the camera, earning Academy, Golden Globe, and a multitude of other awards and nominations for acting, directing, and producing, and for his contributions to the arts. His Sundance Film Festival transformed the world of filmmaking; his films defined a generation. America has come to know him as the Sundance Kid, Bob Woodward, Johnny Hooker, Jay Gatsby, and Roy Hobbs. But only now, with this revelatory biography, do we see the surprising and complex man beneath the Hollywood façade. From Redford’s personal papers—journals, script notes, correspondence—and hundreds of hours of taped interviews, Michael Feeney Callan brings the legendary star into focus. Here is his scattered family background and restless childhood, his rocky start in acting, the death of his son, his star-making relationship with director Sydney Pollack, the creation of Sundance, his political activism, his artistic successes and failures, his friendships and romances. This is a candid, surprising portrait of a man whose iconic roles on-screen (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, The Natural) and directorial brilliance (Ordinary People, Quiz Show) have both defined and obscured one of the most celebrated, and, until now, least understood, public figures of our time.

30 review for Robert Redford: The Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    B the BookAddict

    Michael Feeney Callan is such an excellent biographer; I was lucky enough to already be in thrall of the subject, the gorgeous Mr Charles Robert Redford, but even if I were not, this would still make an enormously good read. Ten years in the making with lots of family history, instances not involving his film career including his work in the Sundance wilderness conservation, personal anecdotes and some great piccies. I will read other biographies by Mr Callan. Altogether a 4.5★ read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kip

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I have a lot of connections to the subject. I've enjoyed many of Redford's films over the years. I was raised in Provo and spent a lot of time at Sundance. I know quite a few people who are friends with Redford and/or have worked closely with him. And I've admired Redford as a supporter of independent film and an environmental activist. So I picked up this book because I already had an interest in Redford, and I wanted to know more about what makes him tick I have mixed feelings about this book. I have a lot of connections to the subject. I've enjoyed many of Redford's films over the years. I was raised in Provo and spent a lot of time at Sundance. I know quite a few people who are friends with Redford and/or have worked closely with him. And I've admired Redford as a supporter of independent film and an environmental activist. So I picked up this book because I already had an interest in Redford, and I wanted to know more about what makes him tick. My quibbles with this book are not so much the subject but the writing. Yes, I learned a lot that I didn't know about the man. But I think that my main complaints go to Callan's approach and execution. For one thing, I often felt overwhelmed by details. There didn't seem to be a sense of proportion, with more important themes or incidents getting more in-depth coverage and others getting less. The treatment kind of hovered at about the same level from beginning to end, at least for me. As a result, I was bored at times by what to me seemed like an excess of detail, while other times I wanted to know more. For example, I would have liked to know more about his relationships with family and close friends, his interactions with Utah culture, his assessments of his career, etc. Granted, Redford is probably a hard person to know. But if that's the case, then either the book should have been shorter or Callan should have done more analysis of the evidence he amassed over ten years. I would have liked to see more of a clear focus on major themes in Redford's life, a more thoughtful exploration of the key events. I know some of that was there, but the book kind of jumped around a lot and felt unnecessarily superficial. Finally, I wish there had been more of a sense of story in the book. Some writers have a knack of capturing and rendering key events from a person's life that reveal his or her character. For me, Callan lacked the ability to tell Redford's story in a vivid or compelling way. Having read this 400 page bio, there aren't many incidents that were particularly memorable. There are some, but not as many as there should have been over 400 pages. On the whole, however, I'm glad I read the book, and I enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at Redford and his career. I appreciated getting a glimpse into the events that shaped him, how he worked as an actor and director, and his influence on the motion picture industry.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brett C(urrently deployed...can't read too much)

    A very in-depth and informative about one of my favorite actors. Family history, an uncle at the invasion of Normandy, his baptism into the Mormon church, his travels/studies to Italy, some of his sketches, and prison movies like Brubaker and The Last Castle. Can be exhausting and heavy detail-orientated at times but worth a read. A good book about a great actor of our time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Although an actor who saw his biggest success before I was even born, Robert Redford has always held some mystery for me. After living in Provo, I became more intrigued with his concept of Sundance and how it came to be. A reclusive sort of fellow in that he doesn't grant interviews very often, the public at large doesn't know much more about Robert Redford (or Bob, as he's referred to in the book) than what they get on the movie screen. I found the writing rather tedious. So many stories seem to Although an actor who saw his biggest success before I was even born, Robert Redford has always held some mystery for me. After living in Provo, I became more intrigued with his concept of Sundance and how it came to be. A reclusive sort of fellow in that he doesn't grant interviews very often, the public at large doesn't know much more about Robert Redford (or Bob, as he's referred to in the book) than what they get on the movie screen. I found the writing rather tedious. So many stories seem to be repeated over and over again. The book goes through Redford's acting career chronologically, but it seems more of a report than anything. Very little is said about Redford's family life and all his friendships are portrayed on a movie set or in a boardroom. I wanted to know more about Redford as a person and I didn't feel like this book did that for me. Were there some interesting stories? A few. Were my questions about Sundance answered? Kind of. I felt like the reader would be better served with different chapters focusing on the different aspects of Redford's life (acting, family life, environmentalism, politics, conservation, Sundance, independent film making, directing, relationships, friendships with other actors and directors, etc.) so that the reader could dive in to each of them, not read a nasal-toned monologue of "and then this happened". I haven't read any other Redford biographies, so I can't compare this one. But perhaps Redford's destiny is to remain shrouded in the air of mystery that he has created.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    It is shocking to find that an autobiography from a political figure [George Bush] can be so amusing and interesting and then to find a biography about one of the biggest movie icons in my lifetime can be so boring!!! I have been in awe of Redford since he appeared in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and was so excited to read this book. How disappointing in both the book and him. The author devoted the first chapter to his parents, grandparents and other ancestors and the last chapter to a 'l It is shocking to find that an autobiography from a political figure [George Bush] can be so amusing and interesting and then to find a biography about one of the biggest movie icons in my lifetime can be so boring!!! I have been in awe of Redford since he appeared in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and was so excited to read this book. How disappointing in both the book and him. The author devoted the first chapter to his parents, grandparents and other ancestors and the last chapter to a 'little' of the more current Redford and his family. These were the only 2 chapters worth reading. The rest of the book is full of long sentences with long words in long paragraphs in long chapters. BORING! He concentrated mainly on his many movies which was unnecessary since we fans do know about the movies. The author should have realized that 75% or more of the readers were going to be women over 50 that have been captivated by Redford since his rise to stardom. We are too old to want to take the time to read and reread so many paragraphs to figure out what in the hell he is talking about. We're more into the enjoyable reading of Danielle Steel and Janet Evanovich. We've left the college days behind along with trying to impress and are into the age of enjoying our life- not interpreting the unnecessary language that we rarely hear in real life. Even quotes by Redford were intermixed with bullshit [the actual word] and those 6 or more syllable words. My biggest gripe toward the author while reading was not giving me a sense of who the man was really. However, after finishing the book I must admit the author may have in fact told me what he was like: self centered, pompous, intelligent but with a lack of common sense, distant, cold, and many other traits that all began with 'self'. Many said he had great wit, but until the last chapter with a short reference to some antics that Paul Newman and Redford played on each other I didn't find anything witty about the man. I found more in Newman's bio on the friendship of the two men and I thought at the time that biography was boring! His children did have a few things they shared about their father but my impression was they didn't even know him until they became adults and even then it didn't appear to be a close relationship. I didn't come out of the book with a good feeling about his first wife either. She seemed as self absorbed as him but that may have been her reaction to their relationship. It appears that there were no deep friendships but rather working relationships. I didn't expect scandals in the book but did expect to see more of the Sundance Kid in his personality rather than Jeremiah Jones. I guess my main disappointment is I wasted over 40 years in awe and respect of a man that 'just wasn't there' as I saw him. I'm just glad I finally finished this way too long book. I found myself checking each page number as I finished the page thinking I should be further along than I was! I would have given up on the book about 1/4 the way but I refuse to leave anything unfinished. My mistake in this case!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meijer Bjorn

    The biography of Robert Redford shares the beauty marks and blemishes of the subjects movie career and political activism. This is the first biography I have read from Micheal Callan. I am impressed by the effort, detail, and openness he has achieved in this biography. Holladay starts the investigation way, waaaay back in time to the 1600's. Possibly the evolutionary beginnings of the Redford clan. It quickly focuses on Robert's beginnings and moves forward through his life experiences. If you w The biography of Robert Redford shares the beauty marks and blemishes of the subjects movie career and political activism. This is the first biography I have read from Micheal Callan. I am impressed by the effort, detail, and openness he has achieved in this biography. Holladay starts the investigation way, waaaay back in time to the 1600's. Possibly the evolutionary beginnings of the Redford clan. It quickly focuses on Robert's beginnings and moves forward through his life experiences. If you want to know about Robert Redford, you will find it here. Callan achieves great detail with minimal white washing of Redford's movie career and political activism. I go to movies for entertainment. I read newspapers for news, and avoid political commentary for the most part. Since Redford's body of work includes many movies that are politically tinged, I avoided those works. I am ambivalent to his achievements and that translates to how I feel about his biography. I believe this book would be liked by those who agree with his political leanings and enjoy his politically based movies such as "All The Presidents Men", "The Candidate", and "The Way We Were". The strength of Robert Redford's biography is the incredible amount of information it has. At the same time it made the flow of the book rough for me. The biggest problem I had was Redford's birthday was missing. It may seem trivial. For me, though, it's huge. The date of birth is a reference point I use to pull all the events together. I use that information to add in other events of the time to get a better historical feel of the story. Unable to have his birthday as a reference point was a big problem and heavily weakened my enjoyment of the book. I had an early copy so if anyone finds Redford's birthday in their book, please add a comment to my review. If you like Redford's body of work, you will probably like this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joy H.

    Added 10/24/12. I listened to the audio version of this book during October and November 2012. Interesting and enjoyable. “Revealing . . . Intriguing . . . An all-American beautiful jock with a brutal iron will and the soul of a visionary tyrant, Redford, under Callan’s gaze, emerges as a sui generis* American figure. A gripping, intimate treatment of one of cinema’s last great iconic stars.” -Kirkus *[Sui generis is a Neo-Latin expression, literally meaning "of its own kind/genus", or unique in it Added 10/24/12. I listened to the audio version of this book during October and November 2012. Interesting and enjoyable. “Revealing . . . Intriguing . . . An all-American beautiful jock with a brutal iron will and the soul of a visionary tyrant, Redford, under Callan’s gaze, emerges as a sui generis* American figure. A gripping, intimate treatment of one of cinema’s last great iconic stars.” -Kirkus *[Sui generis is a Neo-Latin expression, literally meaning "of its own kind/genus", or unique in its characteristics.] “Comprehensive . . . Callan reveals the complex man beneath the Hollywood persona. Absorbing and remarkably well documented; readers will enjoy losing themselves in this long-awaited biography.” -Booklist [Above clips found at: http://www.indiebound.org/book/978030... ] It was interesting hearing about how Redford founded the Sunrise Institute. "Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981 that actively advances the work of filmmakers and storytellers worldwide. The Institute ... provides creative and financial support to emerging and aspiring filmmakers, directors, producers, film composers, screenwriters, playwrights, and theater artists through a series of Labs and Fellowships. The programs of Sundance Institute include the Sundance Film Festival, a premier platform for American and international independent film." FROM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundance... See Wiki for details of Redford's life: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_R...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Magnus Stanke

    Highly recommended biography of Bob Redford. The only drawback of biographies about living, and I'm saying that with full knowledge of its implications, but without wishing to jinx anybody, is that the author had Redford's collaboration in writing this book so in certain areas Callan has to tread carefully in order to avoid offence to his subject. I'm not saying that we´ll ever hear to totally different story, and I don't mean to be cynical or callous about other people's demise, but sometimes it Highly recommended biography of Bob Redford. The only drawback of biographies about living, and I'm saying that with full knowledge of its implications, but without wishing to jinx anybody, is that the author had Redford's collaboration in writing this book so in certain areas Callan has to tread carefully in order to avoid offence to his subject. I'm not saying that we´ll ever hear to totally different story, and I don't mean to be cynical or callous about other people's demise, but sometimes it helps to have more distance to something or someone before we can analyse in a wider context. The description of Redford's early days I found especially riveting in this context.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Due to my age, I was definitely late to Robert Redford fanhood. I became a great admirer in the early 90s thanks to two films: A River Runs Through It (which Redford directed) and the great acting ensemble piece, Sneakers, which he starred in. I have enjoyed discovering his earlier movies as well, so I knew this biography was a must read for me. The author definitely did his homework. Callan interviewed Robert Redford over many years, pulled from Redford's journals, and meticulously gathered quot Due to my age, I was definitely late to Robert Redford fanhood. I became a great admirer in the early 90s thanks to two films: A River Runs Through It (which Redford directed) and the great acting ensemble piece, Sneakers, which he starred in. I have enjoyed discovering his earlier movies as well, so I knew this biography was a must read for me. The author definitely did his homework. Callan interviewed Robert Redford over many years, pulled from Redford's journals, and meticulously gathered quotes from close friends and family, as well as news articles. The book is extremely thorough 3/4 of the way through, which was slow going for me at times. The writing is excellent, and I would give this biography a solid 3.5 stars. I learned many new facts about Redford, and I am impressed by how many times he could press forward after personal tragedies. I felt that the films Redford made in the 2000s were quickly glossed over; the author seemed to rush to finish the book around this point. I also felt there was too much detail about his political activism, which wasn't that interesting to me. I kept wishing that Robert Redford had taken an interest in improving Utah public schools instead of his focus on environmental issues. That would be a story I would really want to read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Kirby

    As one review stated it's a detailed account. In his case not everything is as it seemed. Childhood, young adulthood and throughout his life he was a talented but restless soul like all the greats. Good read, you'll learn a lot. They aren't any Redford's, Newman's, Fonda's, Streep's, DeNiro's, Nicholson's Pacino's .... anymore. As one review stated it's a detailed account. In his case not everything is as it seemed. Childhood, young adulthood and throughout his life he was a talented but restless soul like all the greats. Good read, you'll learn a lot. They aren't any Redford's, Newman's, Fonda's, Streep's, DeNiro's, Nicholson's Pacino's .... anymore.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Agnieszka Mlynarczyk-Mikos

    I huge respect for Robert Redford and the writer, Michael Feeney Callan.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Redford's life has been a most interesting one...one of the top Hollywood film stars of his generation, he may become best known as the man who created the Sundance Film Festival...Callan looks at the life of a man who began as a troubled youth growing up in LA. As a young man, he went to Europe to develop his artistic talents, only to return home as a failure. But he discovered his talent as an actor in plays and then movies. The 1967 "Barefoot in the Park" with Jane Fonda was his first big hit Redford's life has been a most interesting one...one of the top Hollywood film stars of his generation, he may become best known as the man who created the Sundance Film Festival...Callan looks at the life of a man who began as a troubled youth growing up in LA. As a young man, he went to Europe to develop his artistic talents, only to return home as a failure. But he discovered his talent as an actor in plays and then movies. The 1967 "Barefoot in the Park" with Jane Fonda was his first big hit, followed by "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in 69, with Paul Newman. Redford continued through the 70s at the top of the box office. My own favorite Redford movie is "Jeremiah Johnson," a film that reflected Redford's strong feelings for the wild nature of the Rockies and his interest in Native culture. It was that commitment to wilderness that led him to take over the resort in Sundance in Utah, envisioning it as a center for the arts. This was the basis of the Sundance Film Festival. By the end of the 70s, Redford moved into directing and had more successes there. Callan details his environmental activism which has made a definite impact...This is a biography that really brings this very private man to life, and the story is not over,as, hopefully, Redford will go on to accomplish much much more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    DoubleM

    First, I am, and always have been, a big fan of Robert Redford's works, environmental concerns, cultural/Spiritual ideas, and what I perceive to be his politics. Most of the things set forth in this book, I already knew, but I thought I might learn something new, so I downloaded it to my Kindle. I wish I had read the earlier reviews before I took the journey of reading this boring book. Second, the author must have been paid by the word as he compiled as many words as possible; no wonder it took First, I am, and always have been, a big fan of Robert Redford's works, environmental concerns, cultural/Spiritual ideas, and what I perceive to be his politics. Most of the things set forth in this book, I already knew, but I thought I might learn something new, so I downloaded it to my Kindle. I wish I had read the earlier reviews before I took the journey of reading this boring book. Second, the author must have been paid by the word as he compiled as many words as possible; no wonder it took him ten years to write it. To paraphrase one of Redford's quotes, on page 368 (Kindle): "Do we really need to know such a huge amount of detail about the minutiae of every person and event of the lives of every person who ever interacted with Robert Redford?" My answer is NO; we wanted to read about Redford, not every person with whom Redford ever came into contact with.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Robert Redford is a rather elusive actor. His contemporary movies are few and far between and aside from his participation at Sundance and its annual film festival, you don't really hear about him in the news. He is one of my favorite actors (I may be only 30 but "The Way We Were" and "The Sting" are two of my favorite films) so it was a wonderful opportunity to get inside his head, which is not an exaggeration since biographer Michael Feeney Callan frequently quotes Redford's own personal journ Robert Redford is a rather elusive actor. His contemporary movies are few and far between and aside from his participation at Sundance and its annual film festival, you don't really hear about him in the news. He is one of my favorite actors (I may be only 30 but "The Way We Were" and "The Sting" are two of my favorite films) so it was a wonderful opportunity to get inside his head, which is not an exaggeration since biographer Michael Feeney Callan frequently quotes Redford's own personal journals. At 400 pages, it might seem intimidating but I found it well paced and, well, maybe not a "quick" read but it kept my attention and I quickly became immersed, fascinated by the story and the way it was told.

  15. 5 out of 5

    High Plains Library District

    Happy Birthday, Robert Redford! In honor of one of my favorite people on this planet I want to suggest this biography. But if this bio doesn't ring your bell - then I suggest you pick some person, anybody, that fascinates you and read their biography and/or memoir. I find it enlightening and somewhat humbling to read about other people and what fuels them. ~Victoria Happy Birthday, Robert Redford! In honor of one of my favorite people on this planet I want to suggest this biography. But if this bio doesn't ring your bell - then I suggest you pick some person, anybody, that fascinates you and read their biography and/or memoir. I find it enlightening and somewhat humbling to read about other people and what fuels them. ~Victoria

  16. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    The book earns points for having the luxury of Redford's actual diary entries, which is a first, considering it's not a posthumous effort. Once the film career begins, it's absorbing and extremely revealing of the man's character via many of his colleagues (Sydney Pollack, Paul Newman) who provide insights. The Redford childhood and youth sections are less effective, mostly because author Callan seems emotionally committed to characterizing Redford as a tormented artist and rebel. But it's hard The book earns points for having the luxury of Redford's actual diary entries, which is a first, considering it's not a posthumous effort. Once the film career begins, it's absorbing and extremely revealing of the man's character via many of his colleagues (Sydney Pollack, Paul Newman) who provide insights. The Redford childhood and youth sections are less effective, mostly because author Callan seems emotionally committed to characterizing Redford as a tormented artist and rebel. But it's hard to sympathize with a rich kid stealing hubcaps and facing the police forces of Beverly Hills, Westwood and Van Nuys. The other parts of the book dedicated to Redford's Sundance Institute and its numerous side operations, which include ski facilities and restaurants, can be interesting or extremely boring. This depends on the reader's interest in tax shelters and business plans. Luckily, the movie sections are detailed and 3-dimensional.

  17. 5 out of 5

    James Perkins

    This is an interesting, thoughtful biography of movie star Robert Redford, documenting his life in detail up until its publication in 2011. Author Callan had access to personal papers, including journals, script notes, and correspondence, and spent plenty of time with his subject, giving an insight rarely seen in modern biographies. Yet despite the voluminous source material, there is something missing. Sometimes Callan gushes like a fanboy, gives some movies almost no attention, glosses over so This is an interesting, thoughtful biography of movie star Robert Redford, documenting his life in detail up until its publication in 2011. Author Callan had access to personal papers, including journals, script notes, and correspondence, and spent plenty of time with his subject, giving an insight rarely seen in modern biographies. Yet despite the voluminous source material, there is something missing. Sometimes Callan gushes like a fanboy, gives some movies almost no attention, glosses over some of the more controversial and personal issues, and he is overly sentimental on several occasions. However, as a biography, it does its job: you feel you know Redford much better by the time you get to the end. It just could have been a little more comprehensive and a little less saccharine.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I have always been a fan of Robert Redford. Now I feel I know him a bit better, not just through the movies he chose to make, but his concern for the environment and future of the movie industry. He learned to use his celebrity to further the causes that were important to him; not just for his own personal ego boost. There is so much more to him than the movies he made. I was a fan before I read the book, but I now admire the man that Mr. Redford is in person. He is so much more than any charact I have always been a fan of Robert Redford. Now I feel I know him a bit better, not just through the movies he chose to make, but his concern for the environment and future of the movie industry. He learned to use his celebrity to further the causes that were important to him; not just for his own personal ego boost. There is so much more to him than the movies he made. I was a fan before I read the book, but I now admire the man that Mr. Redford is in person. He is so much more than any character he ever played.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tom Schulte

    The author had direct access to Redford for interviews as well as others and access to Redford's diaries, journals, and business records. This biography focuses on Redford's artistic life from student and painter to lobbyist, conservationist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival while attempting to navigate a film career with artistic integrity. I was not a committed Redford fan and indeed did not know a great deal about him. This book and offered many reasons to respect his priorities and The author had direct access to Redford for interviews as well as others and access to Redford's diaries, journals, and business records. This biography focuses on Redford's artistic life from student and painter to lobbyist, conservationist, and founder of the Sundance Film Festival while attempting to navigate a film career with artistic integrity. I was not a committed Redford fan and indeed did not know a great deal about him. This book and offered many reasons to respect his priorities and successes (and even failures).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Trigg

    Great read. Probably, at least in part, it is a 5 star read for me because I am a fan of Redford's and the way he presents his art by perfectly underplaying the characters that he inhabits. Often, for me, bios are books to dip into and later, renew the taste for, when they get to the top of the bedside pile. Not this one. Well paced. MFC doesn't allow it to plod along at the bottom of a trough, at any stage. A cover to cover read without the bedside shuffle. Great read. Probably, at least in part, it is a 5 star read for me because I am a fan of Redford's and the way he presents his art by perfectly underplaying the characters that he inhabits. Often, for me, bios are books to dip into and later, renew the taste for, when they get to the top of the bedside pile. Not this one. Well paced. MFC doesn't allow it to plod along at the bottom of a trough, at any stage. A cover to cover read without the bedside shuffle.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Evalyn

    Very thorough, especially about Redford's career/craft, in fact almost more than I wanted to know. I loved the movie facts because I have always been a movie buff and a fan of his movies. The other "connection" I felt with Robert Redford is a love for the beauty of this land and the majestic landscape of the west. Very thorough, especially about Redford's career/craft, in fact almost more than I wanted to know. I loved the movie facts because I have always been a movie buff and a fan of his movies. The other "connection" I felt with Robert Redford is a love for the beauty of this land and the majestic landscape of the west.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sherrywd

    I learned to ski at Sundance and it was always a thrill to stand next to Redford in the lift line. This biography fills in the background and motivation of a "Utah" boy made good - his love of the land and family never wavered. I learned to ski at Sundance and it was always a thrill to stand next to Redford in the lift line. This biography fills in the background and motivation of a "Utah" boy made good - his love of the land and family never wavered.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This book is incredibly dense....you'll learn more about Robert Redford than you have every really wanted to know. But it doesn't pull any punches about Redford as a person. Unless you're a big fan, doubtful you'll enjoy it. This book is incredibly dense....you'll learn more about Robert Redford than you have every really wanted to know. But it doesn't pull any punches about Redford as a person. Unless you're a big fan, doubtful you'll enjoy it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dick Cardin

    Skied once at Sundance, rode up on ski lift behind him couple of days later at Park City And was a friend of Bobby Davenport one of investors in Sundance. He made some good movies but was a complicated man

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jane S.

    I have been interested in this man for a long time. in my opinion is he is total human. we all have our loads to carry. He does good work.i have seen and enjoyed his work and admire his intellect and dedication.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Interesting book. Got a little bogged down in Enviromental Politics etc..

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steve Brooks

    Sweet read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Faye Capehart

    A little difficult to read in order. Interest was to know about Robert Redford, but not as interested as expected. His Movies were more interesting

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debrah Roemisch

    One of my favorite celebrities so looked forward to reading this biography. But the writing is just not compelling--for such an interesting man I found this to be boring.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan Henderson

    I could not get interested in this and quit after a few chapters. I rarely quit a book.

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