The Power and the Glitter: The Hollywood-Washington Connection

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This probing, sobering history of the Hollywood-Washington connection begins with the film moguls of the '20s, almost all immigrant Jews, typified by Louis B. Mayer, whose friendship with Herbert Hoover gave Mayer proof that he had ``arrived.'' During the FDR days, although the studio bosses, mostly Republican, were not partisans of the administration, individual stars championed the president. Some film folk became so politically active that they joined the Popular Front or Communist Party, but the repercussions of the McCarthy '50s cooled political enthusiasm in Hollywood--until JFK's presidency. And in our TV era with more politicians journeying to Hollywood for campaign funds and endorsements, movie stars have become ``an ineradicable part of the political world.'' This analysis by the political correspondent of the Los Angeles Times documents that ``Seventy years of interaction have demonstrated that an enormous assortment of psychological, ideological and even business considerations bring together the capitals of glamour and power.'' (Jan.)
Library Journal
In this exhaustively researched study, Brownstein, a Los Angeles Times political correspondent and coauthor with Nina Easton of Reagan's Ruling Class: Por traits of the Presidents Top 100 Officials ( LJ 11/1/82), examines the Hollywood-Washington connection from the ``Age of the Moguls,'' when studio heads like Louis B. Mayer curried favor with presidents, to the ``Age of Television,'' when celebrities dispensed money and glamour to fawning politicians. Although extremely detailed, the almost too broad scope of his analysis leaves some questions unanswered or sketchily covered. Brownstein inadequately explains Reagan's move into Republican politics, and he fails to discuss how Jane Fonda's marriage to Tom Hayden affected his political career. Worse, his sometimes pretentious language weakens his arguments. Is Gary Hart's fall from grace really a tragedy? Do the Brat Pack and Rob Lowe deserve serious study? Even though the topic is fascinating, the book overall proves disappointing. This has been excerpted in Lear's , so there may be some demand.--Wilda Williams, ``Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679738305
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/5/1992
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 443

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