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I just recently finished reading the book LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG: THE WILD RIDE OF MAKING REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE by Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel. In it, the authors provide a painstakingly thorough account of the behind the scenes machinations of one of the 1950s most influential films. Apart from the fascinating insights into James Dean's performance and personna, the book also delves deeply into the disturbing psychological terrain of the film's controversial director, Nicholas Ray. Even if you think you know all there is to know about these people and this film, the book offers one incredible revelation after another (especially with respect to the similarly tragic Natalie Wood). It's now out in paperback and I recommend it very highly; it's an absorbing read all the way!