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  • Author:
    David Gardner
  • ISBN:
    1844542432
  • ISBN13:
    978-1844542437
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    John Blake (May 1, 2006)
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    329 pages
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In a career spanning 25 years, Tom Hanks has cemented his position as one of the finest actors of his generation.

In a career spanning 25 years, Tom Hanks has cemented his position as one of the finest actors of his generation.

The Tom Hanks Enigma book. Yet behind the many roles lies an In a career spanning 25 years, Tom Hanks has cemented his position as one of the finest actors of his generation. With an array of stunning performances in blockbusters as diverse as Big, The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, and Saving Private Ryan to his name, he has an outstanding reputation as one of the world's greatest leading men. Yet behind the many roles lies an intensely complex figure.

Tom Hanks is unquestionably one of the finest actors of his generation. In this wonderful portrait of a dedicated individual, David Gardner looks at Tom Hanks' life. In a career spanning 25 years, Tom Hanks has won hearts the world over and become one of the most popular Hollywood names. An actor and producer, he has starred in almost fifty films; including the big budget thriller The Da Vinci Code. With insightful interviews with his close friends and family, this book is an intimate look at the much-loved Hollywood star.

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In a career spanning 25 years, Tom Hanks has cemented his position as one of the finest actors of his generation. With an array of stunning performances in blockbusters as diverse as Big, The Da Vinci Code, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, and Saving Private Ryan to his name, he has an outstanding reputation as one of the world's greatest leading men. Yet behind the many roles lies an intensely complex figure. This wonderful portrait of a dedicated family man and professional explores Tom Hanks' fractured childhood, the breakdown of his first marriage, his friendship with Princess Diana, his relationship with Bill Clinton, his moral and political stances, his family life, and the highs and lows of his stellar career.

Mr_Mole
I love it. It's humorous and charming while it reflects on the things Hanks has done to make him such a respectable actor, admired and respected by most. For those naysayers, even they eventually have to give in to his warm and affectionate personality when they come to see what an amazing human being he is. My father who is a Vietnamese immigrant with very limited English despite being in America for over 40 years even has a great love and respect for this man. He watches the films on TV starring Hanks and sits there, watches quietly and very intently, recognizing the man behind all those incredible roles that Hanks plays so he can learn to empathize with him. It is very endearing for my father and for me, that is why I bought nearly all of the Tom Hanks films on Amazon just to watch these with my father and to see the effects it has on him who is currently living with the aftermath of his stroke from 2007. Tom Hanks movies do have the tendency to warm your heart and I think that is why it is so easy to love him as an actor. I bought the book so that I could get a small glimpse into his life and to understand who he is as a man.
Xtreem
everything was fine
Zonama
It was obvious the author did not interview Tom Hanks, but he interviewed many people who knew him at various stages of Hanks' life AND quoted Hanks from many of Hanks' interviews. It felt like a balanced biography, and I found it very interesting.
Ynap
I may change my review later on but right now I feel the need to review this book as ok.Be warned that this book really makes Tom Hanks look bad especially in the begianning of the book.He comes across as kind of self-absorbed person in many ways and they ended the book with the author saying that he felt like Tom hides himself from people even his wife most of the time,but then alot of times he gives at times to.Despite what I red and this applies to any biography I read I will still watch a tv show,a movie,or listen to the music of the person I read about.Tom Hanks comes across especially these days at a person who focuses on the now and it makes me wonder if he reads,listens to or watching Eckhart Tolle at all.He is a very kind,shy,loving person to an extent anyway.I thought it was very cute how he talked about his wife especially and is taking time now to be a better father then he was at first and keeps in touch with his biological family here and there anyway.I like that Tom Hank's biography book includes pictures as well one of them included a picture of one of his brothers that totally looks like him.I think it should have included more family pictures now.It would have been nice to see a picture of him and Rita his wife getting married and picture of him and Rita with there kids,but the pictures it did have were good.And the book talked about how he grow up a little bit and also the movies and tv shows he was in as well.So if you like Tom Hanks like I do and want to know more about him get this book.
Prorahun
Not a bad biog. British author used pound sterling to indicate various money deals. Wish more had been included about certain of his movies, but overall this was decent.
Malojurus
I'm just sorry Tom Hanks hasn't put down a cool auto-bio of himself yet... He could write it WITH somebody like David Gardner, but Gardner on his own??? This just reads like a gossipy magazine article
Haal
Hanks has an interesting life story but it is poorly told in this book (hardcover in 2000, updated for paperback in 2007), which relies on a lot of magazine articles and a few interviews with very old people who haven't known him for years. Too much time is spent on insignificant early-life stories from the few people the author interviewed (such as a lot of wasted pages about his time in theater in Ohio), while almost nothing is stated about the man's first marriage and even what is said makes little sense (the writer calls the woman Hanks "wife" even though they didn't get married until a couple years after having Colin).

Some of the more recent material is stuff you've read before, just skimming the surface. Then the author throws in asides, like a chapter on Meg Ryan and her background! What's that doing in there?

This needs some serious editing and much better writing. The author acts like a fan who pasted together pages from different articles he read about the star (Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, etc.). There are no footnotes in the hardcover version I read and you don't always know when the writer is quoting from someone he interviewed or just taking something from a story he read.

Hanks did have an unusual childhood and then suddenly got famous. There were many things I hadn't known about before (Tom was an evangelical Christian in high school, then got a woman pregnant at 20), but most were in public circulation that the author just pulled together. If it's the only Hanks bio out there, then it's probably worth skimming to hear some of his father's words (that the author got from the dad's autobiography manuscript), but be prepared to wade through clunky and directionless writing to get to the good stuff.
Tom Hanks is well known, famous even, for the wide variety of film roles he has played from Forrest Gump, to astronauts, to Army Captain Miller in Saving Private Ryan. Yet in spite of the large number of movies he has made, he remains a quiet and generally unknown person. He has managed to escape the wild publicity swings, multiple divorces, and generally outrageous behavior often found in Hollywood characters.

This book, by British author David Bardner tells the story of Tom Hank's life, the history of his films and of his family. It is written neither to glorify nor condemn, but seems to strike a fair balance of objective reporting.

It brings out how hard Tom Hanks had to work to hone his craft. His casual screen style is no accident but the result of a lot of hard work, and a wise selection of roles and directors. All in all, you are convinced that Tom Hanks is a really nice guy.