American Rhapsody

American Rhapsody

by Joe Eszterhas
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American Rhapsody by Joe Eszterhas

  If the Watergate scandal was a previous generation's National Nightmare, then maybe the Clinton scandal was our National Wet Dream, and who better to narrate it than the screenwriter Joe Eszterhas?  In American Rhapsody, Eszterhas, whose credits include Basic Instinct and Showgirls, and Charlie Simpson's Apocalypse, for which he was nominated for a National Book Award, takes us through the events that threatened to topple a president and left most of the nation's citizens with, at the very least, a bad taste in their mouths. 
   Taking full advantage of his considerable journalistic and storytelling talents, Eszterhas gives us every fact, rumor, or innuendo surrounding the president's foibles in the context of late century American politics and entertainment.  Here Washington and Hollywood do more than just flirt with each other; they share the same bed.  From scandalmongers Matt Drudge (who began as a Hollywood gossip) and Ken Starr, to would-be president paramours Sharon Stone and Barbra Streisand, to his final, unimpeachable witness, Willard—none other than President Clinton's talking penis—Eszterhas gives us the goods on the story that nobody could stop talking about and, thanks to American Rhapsody, will be impossible to think about the same way again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375725548
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/13/2001
Edition description: 1 VINTAGE
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 696,562
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.96(d)

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 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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American Rhapsody 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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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.