Saturday, February 18, 2012

Robert Redford: The Biography

Robert Redford: The Biography
by Michael Feeney Callan
Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. 468 pages. Biography.

Michael Feeney Callan has written an excellent and engaging biography of Robert Redford. Insightful and comprehensive, this work covers Redford's early life, his acting and producing career, and his activism to protect the environment in the Western United States, and to a lesser extent, his family. Depicted here is a relentless professional who maintained high artistic standards of himself and those around him.

Callan had access to the actor/producer/activist's personal documents, scripts, interviews, etc. There are passages where Redford is quoted and this sometimes gives the book the feel of an autobiography. Mark Deakins is the reader of the audio version of this biography and he does an excellent job of capturing Redford's voice. Highly recommended.


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