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Hollywood by Gore Vidal
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Sep 29, 08

really liked it
Read in September, 2008

Title is a bit misleading. I thought it would be about the beginings of Hollywood. More specifically, it's about the beginings of Hollywood as a propoganda machine--as an extension and/or mouthpiece of the government. Much of the action is set in Washington DC and centers on the Wilson presidency and then later the Harding administration. So many many many characters it's like being in a long historical parade. Many of the characters are historical figures of note, so part of the challenge for me was removing whatever preconceptions I had about them to make room for the author's POV. And the sheer number of them. It's very gossipy and anecdotal--so juicy and easy to get into but hard to maintain because It was slow going for me but it's weight and impact and accessiblity (ironically) are staying with me.

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