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09-26-2008, 09:42 PM
Steven Spielberg: The Unauthorised Biography
by John Baxter

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Steven Spielberg has always fascinated me. His movies are some of my all time favorites. So one day on a walk through the biography section in my library, I came upon this book and thought it would make for interesting reading and I certainly wasn't let down.

If you find yourself to be a fan of Spielberg movies, you should read this book as well and learn how Steven was able to get into the entertainment industry and continually move himself up the ladder until he became this giant among men.

What movies of his are your favorites? How has he effected your life?

Get the book at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Spielberg-Unauthorised-John-Baxter/dp/0006384447) - Steven Spielberg is pretty much America's official dream merchant, building upon the legacy of previous cultural fantasists such as Frank Capra and Walt Disney. "The first appeal of [an American popular artwork] is, and must be," says Baxter, "commonplace delight," at which Spielberg excels. "His films . . . are machines for delighting us," Baxter continues and then tells us how those machines are put together. Exploring the filmmaking, a portrait of the filmmaker emerges. Spielberg, notably comfortable with the idea that a hiqh-quality motion picture can be entertaining and vice versa, has met with so much commercial success that his artistic successes may be overlooked. Examining Spielberg's career film by film, Baxter redresses any lack of appreciation for the man's artistry and produces an excellent book about the contemporary director who just may have the best cumulative record of achievement to stand upon in public and declare himself to be "king of the world" **of popular culture, that is.