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Author: Michael Feeney Callan Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781415966839
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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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Meticulous…Tells Redford’s story through Redford’s eyes and through the eyes of his family, friends and allied associates.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “First-rate…A layered portrait of one of the most famous—and elusive—faces in pop culture.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • 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
  • 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

  • Genuinely insightful . . . Michael Feeney Callan remains keenly aware of his subject’s larger-than-lifeness, even as he tries to chip away to reveal the person underneath. Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly
  • Carefully crafted . . . Callan is clearly on his game when it comes to dissecting Redford’s film career. Daniel Bubbeo, Newsday
  • A candid, accessible portrait that makes for perfect summer reading . . . Callan’s meticulous research and obvious respect for the actor are evident in this crisply written book. Larry Cox, King Features
  • “Covers in detail Redford’s four-decade acting career, his emergence as a director, and his dedication to environmental causes.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Genuinely insightful…Michael Feeney Callan remains keenly aware of his subject’s larger-than-lifeness, even as he tries to chip away to reveal the person underneath.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Too seldom is the life of an actor of Robert Redford’s stature given such a finely detailed and well-written exploration.”

    Associated Press

  • “Callan’s book is one of the most thoroughly researched, analytic examinations ever conducted into the life of a popular entertainer.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A precise, weighty analysis of Redford’s life and impact, meticulously constructed and delivered with pace and style…Set to become the definitive account, not only of Redford, but also of that era of movie-making that was his hey-day, the era of All The President’s Men and The Candidate.”

    Irish Independent

  • “Carefully crafted…Callan is clearly on his game when it comes to dissecting Redford’s film career.”


  • “An elegant, perceptive book, admiring, friendly, but neither hagiographic nor obsequious.”

    The Guardian (London)

  • “Prodigiously researched…Offers much to admire…Interviews from primary sources flesh out almost every aspect of his life.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Bracing…A fascinating study…of fame and our uneasy relationship with it.”

    New York Post

  • “A highly descriptive history…Tells a compelling story with dozens of enigmatic, intriguing characters…An analysis of the way that history, personal or national, shapes us and we, in turn, shape it…An entertaining, enriching reading experience.”


  • “Michael Feeney Callan spent fourteen years researching, interviewing, and traipsing in the 74-year-old star’s footsteps and has provided great insights into a man who shied from public scrutiny throughout a luminous career.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

  • “Revealing . . . An unusually well-written movie-star biography . . . What emerges is a comprehensive portrait of a man beset by colliding tides of ambition and hesitation . . . Robert Redford is as fascinating . . . as its subject. Scott Eyman, The Wall Street Journal

  • Relentless and first-rate . . . A layered portrait of one of the most famous—and elusive—faces in pop culture. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Bracing . . . A fascinating study . . . of fame and our uneasy relationship with it. Maureen Callahan, New York Post
  • Deeply researched . . . Give Callan credit for letting in dissident voices and for allowing Redford’s less Galahadian qualities to shine forth: the opportunism and narcissicism, the scattershot management style, the absentee fathering. Best of all, Callan’s book begins and ends exactly where it should: with that quadrant of Utah soil christened by its owner ‘Sundance.’ Louis Bayard, The Washington Post
  •  “As incisive a biography of Redford as there is ever likely to be.”

    New York Times

  • “Revealing…An unusually well-written movie-star biography…Robert Redford is as fascinating…as its subject.”

    Wall Street Journal

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Healy | 12/19/2017

    " Totally insightful and comprehensive. Not for "light" readers – as it looks closely at the contrasting aspects of American culture that bred Redford and, later, the development of Hollywood cinema in the 1960s/1970s, leading to the emergence of Indie cinema with Redford's Sundance. Draws from Redford's diaries, notebooks and personal scripts and hundreds of hours of interviews with Redford, his family and friends. Definitive. As the title promises, THE biography. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DreamPacker | 5/11/2011

    " Way more information than I was really interested in. Therefore, just mostly skimmed it. "

About the Narrator

Mark Deakins is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.