Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa

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Da Capo Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 298 pages
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Robert Capa, one of the finest photojournalists of the twentieth century, covered every major conflict from the Spanish Civil War to the beginnings of Vietnam. He risked his life again and again, and he created some of the most enduring images ever made with a camera. Born in Budapest as Andrâe Friedmann, Capa fled political repression and anti-Semitism as a teenager by escaping to Berlin, where he first picked up a Leica and then witnessed the rise of Hitler. By the time his images of D-Day appeared in Life Magazine, he had become a legend, the first photographer to make his calling appear glamorous and sexy. In 1947, after a decade covering war, he founded a cooperative agency, Magnum, which remains the most prestigious agency of its kind. By the time he died, he had become a colleague and confidant to writers Irwin Shaw, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway and director John Huston, and a seducer of several of his era's most alluring icons, including Ingrid Bergman. From Budapest in the twenties to Paris in the thirties, from post-war Hollywood to Stalin's Russia, and from New York in the fifties to Indochina, Blood and champagne is an extensive account of Capa's life and times. Based on extensive interviews with Capa's friends and contemporaries, as well as FBI and Soviet files and other previously unpublished materials, Alex Kershaw's biography is as compelling as its charismatic subject.
  

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Review: Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa

User Review  - Stéphanie Amesse - Goodreads

Well-researched and comprehensive, but could have used an editor. The writing might be politely described as chaotic. Read full review

Review: Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa

User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

A pretty good read for someone that you sort of cheered for, but then found him spiraling out of control with women, gambling, drinking and kind of giving up on life. I am a big fan of the author and ... Read full review

Contents

Three Thousand Miles From Omaha
1
Conversation in Budapest
5
Barbarians at the Gate
15
The Man Who Invented Himself
22
The Passionate War
33
The Falling Soldier
38
La Paquena Rubena
48
The 400 Million
66
Victory
144
Heres Looking At You Kid
158
The End of the Affair
167
Back in the USSR
177
The New Look
192
A Road of Death
201
The Realm of the Senses
214
How Can I Be Old?
225

The Final Defeat
73
Splendid Isolation
82
Muddling Through
90
The Desert
98
Its a Tough War
107
The Longest Day
116
The Bocage
132
Forward Lies the Delta
241
The Legend
252
Notes
256
Bibliography
277
Index
291
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Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, and The Few, and two biographies: Jack London and Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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