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Charlie Chaplin vs. America: When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided

Distinguished research, featuring the over 1,900-page FBI report, media accounts, and interviews with family members, coworkers, and historians, propels this excellent biography that captures Chaplin, both the person and his work.

20th Century-Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Film Studio

Eyman’s writing is vivid and succinct when he’s synopsizing movies, yet much of this book feels detached and secondhand. Mainly for die-hard “Golden Age” Hollywood fans and Zanuck completists.

Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise

Combining existing research with voluminous new interviews and access to Grant’s personal papers, this is an informative and entertaining biography of a legendary actor.


Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart

This recommended title includes extensive interviews with family, friends, and coworkers of both men, fleshing out a fully rounded portrait of two complex, contradictory artists. [See Prepub Alert, 4/24/17.]

You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age

Despite the pedestrian writing style, the insider's view that Wagner provides may well appeal to nostalgia buffs, and he does offer the occasional illuminating insight on that long-vanished time.

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