Dark History of Hollywood: A Century of Greed, Corruption and Scandal behind the Movies

From the blurb on the back of the book A hundred years old, Hollywood is the world s largest film business with its movies adored around the globe But the drama on screen has been matched, and often exceeded, by the lives off screen As the title suggests the book covers the history of Hollywood from its origins in the early part of the 20th century through its heydayFrom the blurb on the back of the book A hundred years old, Hollywood is the world s largest film business with its movies adored around the globe But the drama on screen has been matched, and often exceeded, by the lives off screen As the title suggests the book covers the history of Hollywood from its origins in the early part of the 20th century through its heyday under the studio system and finally to the Hollywood of CGI and summer blockbusters.
Dark History of Hollywood A Century of Greed Corruption and Scandal behind the Movies From the blurb on the back of the book A hundred years old Hollywood is the world s largest film business with its movies adored around the globe But the drama on screen has been matched and often e

  • Title: Dark History of Hollywood: A Century of Greed, Corruption and Scandal behind the Movies
  • Author: Kieron Connolly
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. Usually it seems these types of books are just catalogs of rumors and mostly inaccurate information, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this a bit more straightforward and not all sensationalism. I guess what I'm saying is that it's more like a book, as opposed to an edition of the National Enquirer.

    2. I wasn't 100% sure what to expect when I started reading this book, but figured it would either be really well done or needlessly sensationalistic. I'm happy to report it was the former, though be prepared - this is not a book for those interested in the lives and careers of celebrities. Rather it's an well-written-for-the-uniformed look at Hollywood as a business. I'd not considered myself particularly interested in that subject, but I found I enjoyed learning about it and felt drawn in and att [...]

    3. Having read a great deal about the history of Hollywood (at least under the studio system) some of the stories recounted in this book were familiar to me. However, the early chapters on the creation of the film industry and the silent era were fascinating. The tone of the text reminded me a lot of the E! series, MYSTERIES AND SCANDALS, hosted by A. J. Benza back in the late 1990s. It's a bit snarky which adds to the charm of it all. The bibliography is not extensive so I would not recommend it b [...]

    4. This was pretty good. It wasn't too complicated. It was a nice run down of information, old rumors and speculation. It is broken down easily enough into categories. If you want more in depth research material about Hollywood history this might be a good place to start (the bibliography was rather extensive).

    5. Old scandals that have been rehashed repeated in other better books. Start with Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon for a much better read.

    6. Not as much meat as I thought. Left out a lot of the 'good' stuff; this I am going to rate it as superficial.

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