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The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron written is a biography written by Rebecca Keegan.

I've had a certain respect for the man ever since he appeared on Entourage and I sincerely enjoyed Avatar, and one day while I was at the library (the best socialist manifestation ever!) I picked up this book and fell in love with it.

James Cameron is a modern day Howard Roark. The parellels between the two characters are so linear it's practically prophetic. Starting from the lowest rung on the social ladder, he rose to the top through sheer love of his work and refusal to compromise his artistic integrity. A man who is so much more then just a filmmaker, but a true visionary; an entire career that is a slap-to-the-face of those who claimed "it could not be done!" I won't spoil it for you, but like the actor who plays Vincent Chase, James Cameron is far more amazing then what we know from the movie screens.

The only criticism I have of the book is the biographers implicit subconscious philosophy, Cameron stands for a rational universe, but Rebecca Keegan does not. It's very small things, like referring to Cameron's leadership skills as "innate" and generally using wording congruent with a deterministic universe. Luckily there are only a few occasions where her philosophy undermines the true glory of Cameron's achievements, it is still a fantastic read!

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