Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen

The Salvation of An American Icon

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Join Greg Laurie as he takes a cross-country drive in his 1968 Highland Green Ford Mustang 390 GT through the canyons of Malibu, the alleys of Hollywood, the wide and open roads of the Midwest, the streets of New York, as he traces the wooly geography of actor Steve McQueen's life, relationships, career and spiritual journey. This iconic muscle car was the vehicle McQueen drove in his most raucous and enduring film, Bullitt. In the 1960s, McQueen was, according to box office receipts, the biggest movie star of his generation and one of the coolest men to ever walk the planet. Greg Laurie was a teen at the time and an ardent fan of ''The King of Cool, '' first mesmerized by McQueen in 1963's The Great Escape. Like millions of cinema fans, Greg developed a lifelong fascination with the actor. Now he has a chance to tell McQueen's story. McQueen was a complex, contradictory man who lived the same way he drove his motorcycles and cars: fearlessly, ruthlessly and at top speed. After a lifetime of fast cars, women and drugs, McQueen took a surprising detour. In this book, Laurie thoughtfully interviews members of Steve McQueen's family, friends, co-stars, associates, widow and pastor to tell of the dramatic life-change for the actor in the spring of 1979 - six months before McQueen was diagnosed with terminal cancer. What were the critical steps that led McQueen to make such a life-altering decision? Perhaps more importantly, why is that part of his story so rarely told? This book answers these questions. Greg Laurie will follow the seeds of Christianity that were sown throughout McQueen's improbable life where a Light finally shone into the darkness of his troubled life. These seeds miraculously germinated, allowing McQueen to see that redemption through Jesus Christ is a lasting truth more glittering and real than any magic of the entertainment industry. -- Amazon.com.
Publisher: [United States] :, American Icon Press,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781946891051
1946891053
Characteristics: xvii, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Terrill, Marshall - Author
Alternative Title: Salvation of an American icon

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Aug 27, 2017

Some interesting things that I did not know such as Steve McQueen had an invitation by Jay Sebring to visit Sharon Tate's house for a party the night the Manson family paid a visit. Luckily he did not go. Good interviews with people who know McQueen. I especially like the interview with Mamie Van Doren.

My only real criticism of the book is that the author wrote it because he thought were similarities between his life and the life of McQueen such as being abandoned by their fathers, having an interest in sports cars and eventually becoming born again Christians. I am interested in the life of Steve McQueen. The author's life? Not so much.

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