American Rhapsody

American Rhapsody

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by Joe Eszterhas, Edward Asner, David Dukes, Melissa Gilbert
     
 

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In American Rhapsody, Eszterhas combines comprehensive research with insight, honesty, and astute observation to reveal ultimate truths. This is a book that flouts virtually every rule, yet joins a rich journalistic tradition distinguished by such writers as Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe.

A brilliant, unnerving, hugely entertaining look at our political

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In American Rhapsody, Eszterhas combines comprehensive research with insight, honesty, and astute observation to reveal ultimate truths. This is a book that flouts virtually every rule, yet joins a rich journalistic tradition distinguished by such writers as Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe.

A brilliant, unnerving, hugely entertaining look at our political culture, our heroes and villains, American Rhapsody will delight some and outrage others, but it will not be ignored. What Joe Eszterhas has produced is a penetrating and devastating panorama of all of us, a fun-house mirror held up to our own morals, hypocrisies and desires.

About the Author:

Joe Eszterhas was born in Hungary, spent his first six years in Austrian refugee camps, and came to the United States in 1950. He lives in Point Dume, California, with his wife Naomi and their three children. He has two grown children from his first marriage.

He has been awarded the Emanuel Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award forwork dedicated to the memory of the holocaust in Hungary. He has also wonawards for attending every one of his son's Little League games and forwriting Showgirls (the Hollywood Women's Press Association's Sour Apple Award).

Editorial Reviews

Anthony Venutolo
If there's one thing writer Joe Eszterhas knows how to do, it's how to push the envelope.

Best known for authoring such guilty pleasures as Basic Instinct, Showgirls and Flashdance, the Hungarian-born scribe might have some explaining to do after the public gets hold of American Rhapsody, a walloping 432-page uppercut that connects square on the jaws of Washington and Tinseltown.

If you like dish served on a big, flat, silver platter, look no further, because Eszterhas (after a significant hiatus from screenwriting) has returned to his journalistic roots. Only this time, instead of digging up compelling facts, he aims for the jugular in the guise of "news."
Playboy
Ed Vulliamy
It's a hilarious and scandalous book, part-fact, part-fantasy, about a serious subject: Washington observed through the prism of Hollywood and vice versa.
The Observer (London)
Library Journal
Let's be honest. This review could be as negative as it wanted to be, and librarians brave enough to unleash this venomous item on their shelves would still watch it be devoured by every type of reader, from the elderly lady who wants to "tsk-tsk" over some of the seamier scenes to the political fanatics who believe Bill Clinton to be the Devil Incarnate. Eszterhas, a Hollywood screenwriter responsible for Basic Instinct and other movies and who has become the highest paid author in the industry, trains his well-turned phrases on the White House intern scandal and the diverse cast of characters who wander in and out of this sordid tale of political power gone amok. The guy can write, and he is viciously funny, but his work must be a rampant stream of free-flowing consciousness that could be difficult for some readers to follow. The audiobook solves that problem for them; actors such as Ed Asner, Susan Ruttan, and Nina Foch have worked hard on this version to corral that wandering prose thought and bring their skills to interpreting the random, disjointed text. What reads like gibberish now sounds like reality. It's not flattering to anyone, and there are some scenes that will have even the most jaded listener wincing, but the crudest, most disgusting, and degrading language is saved for Clinton and the now-famous "Willard." Eszterhas loves words and loves the damage they can do even more. Go ahead and order this program and then make certain you have a fresh supply of Customer Complaint Forms on hand.--Joseph L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
American Rhapsody is an intimate and comprehensive survey and history of contemporary American political culture, the personalities, conflicts, compromises, and events that held the popular (as well as political) attention of the American public over the past decade. Here are Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Al Gore, John McCain, Ken Starr, Monica Lewinsky, Warren Beatty, James Carville, Sharon Stone, Larry Flynt, Vernon Jordan, Linda Tripp, Matt Drudge, and a host of others who are viewed through the lens of fact, fiction and speculation. American Rhapsody is a superbly produced, unabridged, highly recommended, multi-cast audiobook featuring the talents of Ed Asner, David Dukes, Nina Foch, Melissa Gilbert, Arte Johnson, Bill Maher, Deborah Raffin, Susan Ruttan, Will Sasso, and Joe Eszterhas. REVIEW%> Hay House PO Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018 hayhouse.com 1-800-654-5126 REVIEW%> Three fine self-help audios are recommended picks for buyers interested in healing and self-empowerment. Bernie Siegel's Healing Meditations (1-56170-771-6, $18.95) provides the surgeon's guided imagery meditations, which provide an auto-hypnosis set of healing admonishments for overcoming physical and emotional challenges. Natural Healing For Anxiety And Depression by Harold Bloomfield and Deepak Chopra (740-6, $10.95) presents a dialogue between the two doctors, exploring the nature of mental disturbance and how to approach it holistically. The two discuss different approaches to handling anxiety. John Edward's Developing Your Own Psychic Powers (762-7) is a six-cassette course in self-psychic development. From psychic self-defense and meditations to tapping into hidden psychic potentials, thisprovides explanations of growing abilities and their uses. All are excellent self-help guides.
From the Publisher
"This is a truly naughty book, but it is also a strangely moral one." -Talk

"Part tell-all, part fiction, part rant, part history.  It's all wicked and witty and hard to ignore." - The Denver Post

"A fact-based, ranting, rocking -and-rolling screed with none of the full-frontal scissored out... a long yell of protest... extremely funny." - Christopher Hitchens,  The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781893224315
Publisher:
New Millennium Entertainment
Publication date:
07/01/2000
Edition description:
Abridged, 6 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.51(w) x 7.15(h) x 1.29(d)

Read an Excerpt

I thought I recognized and knew Bill Clinton and what made him tick. I understood the ambition, the success, the political duplicity, the Hollywood charm. I started reading everything ever written about Bill Clinton . . .

As the impeachment psychodrama began, I watched every minisecond of it . . . learned a lot . . . about myself and Bill Clinton and about America . . .

I wasn't just thinking of Bill Clinton anymore, but about a generation, my generation, which, in some ways, even though it was entrenched in power, creeping up on sixty, was still struggling to find itself.

This book is filled with everything I thought about and learned. Ah, yes, except it's not that simple. If only it were . . . but it never is.

I am loath to confess that I have had a writing partner who has cursed my career from the time I was in the sixth grade . . . "the twisted little man inside me."

And as I wrote this book -- about a cultural shadow war that resulted in the figurative assassination of a president (Bill Clinton) -- I realized that the Twisted Little Man was writing feverishly, too. And hallucinating. Daydreaming. Wet-dreaming. Projecting. . . . If you get angry while you're reading this brazen book, blame it on the crude, insulting little prick -- Lord knows, he's gotten too many people terribly angry through the years.

The little devil and I had a nerve-racking, maddening, revolting, hilarious, and climactic time writing this book. We hope that your time reading it will be similar.

Meet the Author

Joe Eszterhas was born in Hungary, spent his first six years in Austrian refugee camps, and came to the United States in 1950.  He lives in Point Dume, California, with his wife Naomi and their three children.  He has two grown children from his first marriage.  

He has been awarded the Emanuel Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award for work dedicated to the memory of the holocaust in Hungary. He has also won awards for attending every one of his son's Little League games and for writing Showgirls (the Hollywood Women's Press Association's Sour Apple Award).

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Guest More than 1 year ago
this has a rhythm that is sustained. it will keep you awake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since I have had more personal knowledge of Hollywood, than Washington, I enjoyed the all too true insider revelations of the entertainment industry better than the author's indictment of the past performances of our Washington cast of characters. My main complaint is that Mr. Eszterhas could have merged these two worlds and made his point in half the space. He could have used a good splicer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is basically like one big political gossip column spanning basically the entire presidency. The author is incredibly self-indulgent, but he does relate his personal experiences on the cusp of the 60s, his work at Rolling Stone and in Hollywood, and these stories often do help make the connection between Washington and Hollywood. It seems the author definitely took some artistic liberties -- which he is forward about -- but the line between truth and reality is decidedly blurred. A couple of the chapters could've been cut out without problem, but overall, it's a really interesting read and an even more interesting chronicle of Clinton and his many scandals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A TRUE MORALITY TALE IN TWENTY OR SO PARTS. INITIALLY YOU ARE LED TO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A PRO-CLINTON BOOK THAT TRIES TO SHOW THE ABSURDITY OF THE 'RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY.' HOWEVER, AS THE BOOK UNFOLDS, IT IS THE HILLARYARIOUS (NO DISRESPECT TO MRS CLINTON) TALE OF THE FAST TIMES AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE CLINTON ERA WITH APPROPRIATE REFERENCES TO THE '60'S', THE NIXON YEARS AND OTHER HISTORICAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL UNDERPINNINGS. THE ANECDOTES THAT ARE FOUND THROUGHOUT THE BOOK (SEE THE ROBERT MITCHUM STORY ON PAGE 39) ARE LIKE ENCOUNTERING HIDDEN TREASURES. THE DIALOGUE THAT THE AUTHOR CREDITS TO THE FIRST LADY IS INSIGHTFUL.THE REFERENCES TO HOLLYWOOD AND THE CULTURE OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ARE A SCATHING INDICTMENT OF CLINTONIAN MORALITY. THIS BOOK IS REQUIRED READING TO UNDERSTAND CURRENT EVENTS, THE CLINTON ERA AND THE HANGOVERS FROM THE HIPPIE/NIXON YEARS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its like reading a trashy, sexy novel without the guilt - its our history! Collins herself could not have written a more scandelous work and the best part of this book is we have names, faces, and administrations to put to these stories. All of the rumors and infrences the American people have heard about, but never received the full scoop on, are in this book in all the gory and sexy detail. It is definately an eye opening look at what our leaders and our idols do behind closed (and sometimes wide open) doors. You will not be able to put this book down, and you will finish it wanting more!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eszertaus leaves no stones unturned in this hilarious expose of what goes on inside the political arena. I am still laughing...and wishing for another 400 pages. Pure enjoyment from beginning to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an American History professor at a major university. I'm considering making this book required reading for all my classes. Eszterhas captures the raw essence of the 1960s, politics and American culture in a style that is both entertaining and educational.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book over the weekend and I must say it is a great read! The book not only deals with the rumors and reality of the Clinton administration, but how the author can relate because the President was from HIS generation. This book doesn't censor itself at all, and looks at all sides of the story. I highly recommend it, if for nothing else it's a quick and fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What will we do without Bill and Hillary.Fortunately, Eszterhas reminds us that we will still have Hollywood to pick up the slack.In this book, Bill and Hollywood are 'as advertised.' Our problem is that we either ignore or excuse the excesses.Ironically, the impeachment process exposed a very soft underbelly in Washington and Larry Flynt attacked.(Where is Newt?) Hypocrisy is the target of this work and Esterhas reveals that few baby boomers (especially politicians) are capable of throwing the first stone.The sililoquies of Bubba,Dole,McCain, George W.,Al Gorf and,of course, 'Willard' are comedic masterpieces.This is definitely a book I want to hear on audiotape.