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City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's

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This dazzling story of Hollywood during the decade of its greatest success is a social and cultural history of the movie capital's golden age. Its cast includes actors, writers, musicians and composers, producers and directors, racketeers and labor leaders, journalists and politicians in the turbulent decade from World War II to Korea.

This social and cultural history of Hollywood during its golden age is "...a must for movie buffs...

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Overview

This dazzling story of Hollywood during the decade of its greatest success is a social and cultural history of the movie capital's golden age. Its cast includes actors, writers, musicians and composers, producers and directors, racketeers and labor leaders, journalists and politicians in the turbulent decade from World War II to Korea.

This social and cultural history of Hollywood during its golden age is "...a must for movie buffs and a rewarding read." --Publishers Weekly

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New York Times Book Review
“A ‘City of Nets’ is what Mr. Friedrich calls Hollywood in the title of his new social history. . . . Mr. Friedrich’s intelligent prose makes for fascinating reading.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520209497
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/2/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 495
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Otto Friedrich (1929-1995) was a journalist and cultural historian. At one time editor of the New York Daily News and an essayist for Time magazine, he was the author of nine books, including Before the Deluge: Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Welcome (1939) 1
2 Ingatherings (1940) 31
3 Treachery (1941) 61
4 Americanism (1942) 105
5 Prejudice (1943) 141
6 Reunions (1944) 177
7 Breakdowns (1945) 215
8 Treachery (1946) 257
9 Un-Americanism (1947) 291
10 Prejudice (1948) 339
11 Expulsions (1949) 375
12 Farewells (1950) 415
Notes 443
Bibliography 467
Index 481
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Hollywood in the '40's

    This book is full of trivia about the Hollywood studio scene in the 1940's. It would be of primary interest to people who remember those times, although students of film history may find some worthwhile anecdotes to savor. Since the text is episodic, and chapters are arranged by each year, the reader can stop and start without losing the thread of the story.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This is an excellent book loaded with facts and vignettes of the Hollywood movie industry during the 1940's and 50's. It takes you from the "Golden Age" right through to the start of the HUAC hearings and how television impacted the film industry. I found this book by accident and I can't say enough about what an excellent a read it is. If you're a fan of history and of the film industry this slice of Americana will provide insights into a world that was managed by press people and moguls who ruled like emperors over other people's lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    Behind the scenes of an American epoch

    In the 1940s, when art, ambition, politics and money collided in the city of dreams, Hollywood - and America - would never be the same again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2002

    Excellent read

    This is a wonderfully readable and interesting account of Hollywood in the 1940's. It combines stories of stars, films and displaced intellectuals to create a great feel for the time.

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