James Cagney: The Authorized Biography

First up for my Summer Reading Challenge is James Cagney: The Authorized Biography by Doug Warren with James Cagney. I bought this book over a year ago at my favorite bookshop, but I didn’t get around to starting it until recently. It was published in 1983, just a few years before Cagney’s passing. The narrative is told through a third-person perspective, with integrated first-person anecdotes from Cagney himself—along with various others. The reader gets a sense of Cagney throughout the narrative, learning more about him as well as the people he interacted with. The book is divided into six parts (with an added filmography), and includes two sets of glossy pages dedicated to personal photographs that span Cagney’s lifetime.

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