Chris Nashawaty
October 20, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Steve McQueen

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
William Claxton
publisher
Arena Editions
genre
Biography, Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

Brando may have had better acting chops, and Newman was certainly less of a bastard. But Steve McQueen will always remain his generation’s ideal of the red-blooded, blue-collar American alpha male. In William Claxton’s collection of breezy yet intimate behind-the-scenes photos of the brooding star of Bullitt and The Great Escape, you’ll rarely catch a glimpse of McQueen without either (a) a cigarette, (b) a pair of badass shades, or (c) a souped-up hot rod or motorcycle. So it’s Claxton’s achievement that when we do see McQueen without his boy toys, he captures the unguarded shy kid inside. One extra note: If you want a really personal glimpse of McQueen, turn to page 145 for a shot of li’l Stevie. A-

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