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Hollywood Confidential: How the Studios Beat the Mob at Their Own Game
by Ted Schwarz
Hollywood Confidential is the first truly in-depth look at the sexy, humorous, violent, and tragic history of the mob in Hollywood from the 1920s, when Joe Kennedy decided to buy a motion picture company, to the 1980s when the last vestiges of mob influence were revealed through investigations of former Screen Actors Guild President Ronald Reagan and his union backers. The ...more
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published June 7th 2007 by Taylor Trade Publishing
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Think "The Godfather" meets "L.A. Confidential" meets "Hollywood Babylon." It's a fun read in a lurid, true crime sort of way, except it's marred by the author's obvious condescension toward the women involved. (He throws the word "slut" around way too much.) But that's probably a by-product of his hero worship of the mob bosses. Still, there's some fascinating stories here from the tarnished side of Hollywood's golden age.