Fans of classic Hollywood, take heed: In Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend, Michael Munn has engineered a fascinating glimpse into the hitherto clouded public and private lives of one of the most famous figures in film history.
Performed with great energy by actor Mark Whitten, this comprehensive biography provides keen insights into the man behind the mask, emphasizing the differences and similarities between Stewart's assumed public persona and his private self, delving deeply into his patriotism and FBI service alongside his relationships and rage issues.
In this definitive biography of one of Hollywood's most beloved stars, Michael Munn reveals the truth behind the diffident, earnest and kindly persona of Jimmy Stewart. Drawn from the author's formal interviews and informal meetings with the star and his friendship with Stewart's wife, Gloria, is this portrait of a man who came from the Presbyterian traditions of Pennsylvania to become one of the silver screen's enduring legends.
An openly right-wing Conservative and super-patriot, Stewart worked for the FBI at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover, directing his undercover sleuthing to crack organised crime in Hollywood. But he was unscrupulously manipulated by the president into flushing out Communists from the film industry. Among these revelations, there are also tales of heady love affairs, hookers and hoodlums, and of Stewart's run-in with the most dangerous of all gangsters, Benjamin 'Bugsy' Sigal. Accusations of racism are explored, as is Stewart's notoriously volatile temper. There is a comprehensive account of his experiences as a colonel in the US Air Force in World War Two - and, of course, there are the films: It's a Wonderful Life, The Greatest Show on Earth, Rear Window, the westerns and his Academy Awards.
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My name is Julie and I'm a middle aged woman who enjoys good writing, and good narration.
Gentleman, film star, human
James Stewart himself
I found his vocal performance to be excellent but I have not heard him before
As a fan of James Stewart I found the book fascinating and found him even more endearing.
Naturally if you don't like James Stewart ( could there be anyone ?) you're not going to enjoy this, but if you love him you'll find it a great listening experience, informative and entertaining.
This is an excellent book. I listened to it in a week of long, dark early morning runs through the countryside and it's gripping from beginning to end. The reading is superb and some of the best I've heard on any audio book and the book itself is perfectly balanced and never long winded. Clearly it helps if you like James Stewart though I don't think it's essential as the biography brings in so many other interesting famous and non famous people and also describes war time and the politics of Hollywood and indeed the USA so well that anyone interested in 20th century Popular culture would enjoy this.
With Jimmy Stewart what you see is mostly what. This book is from conversations and interviews with Jimmy ( himself ), his wife, family and friends. The thing that soon becomes apparent is that Jimmy is a man who is liked by most of the people he met. This is definitely a read again, and one I recommend and hope you enjoy the book as much as I have.
"Entertaining and very informative"
Uniquely talented actor
He kept my attention
If I had had the time perhaps I might have tried but the book was too long
I always enjoyed Stewarts skills. The book helped me get to know the person. I have found few actors I enjoyed more over the years.
"Wonderful biography of an equally wonderful actor"
It was quite good though not my favorite, due to the narration.
Mark Whitman's attempt to sound like Stewart and others was a bit off putting, as well as his mispronouncing people's names or in the case of Henry Fonda calling him Henry Ford at least once. As a trivia buff I am aware that Bette Davis referred to herself as Bet, but when Whitman refers to her in this manner it's just confusing.
Perhaps one of the final lines "Moments in time: The Jimmy Stewart Story"
"Great bio. Love Jimmy Stewart."
One of the all-time greats. Loved listening to this audio book. I would gladly recommend it.
"Jimmy Stewart had a great life !"
A great story about a great man and his wonderful life !
Michael Munn does a terrific job telling about the real Jimmy Stewart and all the people that were close to him. Michael makes me want to go watch all Jimmy's movies all over again.
"A Must Read"
If you love Jimmy Stewart...you'll love this book. The book was so entertaining, as soon as I was finished, I read it again. The performance of the reader, who actually sounded like Stewart, was excellent. The stories, history and hollywood gossip made for one of the best books I've read. Treat yourself to relaxing trip down memory lane.
A good bio of a fascinating man. Starts off a bit slow but stay with it and it picks up. Some great stories about Old Hollywood here too. Excellent reading by Mark Whitten.
This is worthwhile if you just want basic info about Stewart's life plus a few observations from his contemporaries, but the author really doesn't offer much in the way of insight regarding Stewart's character or his performances.
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