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Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration between LA and DC Revolutionized American Politics
by Timothy Stanley (Goodreads Author)
To most Americans, Hollywood activism consists of self-obsessed movie stars promoting their pet causes, whether defending marijuana legalization or Second Amendment rights. There's some truth in that stereotype, and in this book you'll find the close personal friends of Fidel Castro, the wannabe cowboys, and the ever-ubiquitous Barbra Streisand. But Citizen Hollywood makes ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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This was a book full of history. The country's politicians and Hollywood's stars are the major players in this really informative, fascinating book. I like the way the author travels through the early times of Hollywood and movies, interweaving the politics of the time throughout the stories. I learned a lot that I hadn't heard before about the movie studios as they were starting out and the people who made the movies, and how they influenced Washington D.C. and all of the money that contributed ...more
"Just how much truth is there to Stanley’s thesis? I think his contention that the 2012 election was decided by a Hollywood elite is slightly reductive and hyperbolic—it aims to fit the argument of his book rather than the reality of the situation. Still, Stanley explores certain issues with intellectual authority. For example, his examination of myth and political ideology is particularly fascinating. He claims that conservatives since the 1970s have adopted the myth of the Cowboy, which tends ...more
I had always been curious about the connection between actors and movie studios and presidential candidates. This takes you from Louis B. Mayer with MGM, the Warner Brothers and Herbert Hoover all the way to George Clooney, Ron Reiner and Barack Obama. It is a very interesting book.