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Robert SklarScott Eyman, distinguished biographer of such film figures as John Ford, Ernest Lubitsch and Mary Pickford, has now set out to reexamine Mayer's life and work -- if not to rescue him fully from opprobrium, at least to tell a massively detailed story of his accomplishments and misdeeds. Half a century on, he still faces Powdermaker's dilemma: a plethora of former denizens of the dream factory with old grievances to air, scores to settle, occasionally homages to pay. He offers a kaleidoscope of memories, more or less evenly divided between haters and admirers -- which itself could be labeled radical historical revisionism. Eyman's evenhanded approach leaves Mayer something of an enigma, but it's a compelling tale all the same.
— The Washington Post