Robert Altman by Mitchell Zuckoff
(The Oral Biography)

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In "Robert Altman: The Oral Biography," Mr. Zuckoff has decided to stick to a standard chronological structure, in spite of emulating his subject's multi-layered technique. The result is like one of Altman's better films, providing a comprehensive, 360-degree look at a complicated subject while abstaining from passing judgment.
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Robert Altman—visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend—comes roaring to life in this rollicking oral biography.  After an all-American boyhood in Kansas City, a stint flying bombers in World War II, and jobs ranging from dog tattoo entrepreneur to television director, Robert Altman burst onto the scene in 1970 with M*A*S*H. He reinvented American filmmaking, and went on to produce such masterpieces as McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park. In Robert Altman, Mitchell Zuckoff has woven together Altman’s final interviews; an incredible cast of voices including Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Paul Newman, among scores of others; and contemporary reviews and news accounts into a riveting tale of an extraordinary life.




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About Mitchell Zuckoff

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Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of Robert Altman: The Oral Biography; Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend; and Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey, and is co-author of Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders. Zuckoff is a former special projects reporter for the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He lives outside Boston with his wife, Boston Globe photographer Suzanne Kreiter, and their two daughters.
 
Published October 7, 2009 by Vintage. 576 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Toby Young on Oct 22 2009

In "Robert Altman: The Oral Biography," Mr. Zuckoff has decided to stick to a standard chronological structure, in spite of emulating his subject's multi-layered technique. The result is like one of Altman's better films, providing a comprehensive, 360-degree look at a complicated subject while abstaining from passing judgment.

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