From Midnight Express to Natural Born Killers, Oliver Stone has built a reputation by pursuing controversial subjects and risky, on-the-edge filmmaking. The author considers Stone "a mass of contradictions held together by enormous willpower." In this book, which had the cooperation of Stone and most of his colleagues, Riordan discusses Stone's difficult relationship with his father, his Vietnam experience, periods of drug use, marriage, and his immense immersion in each film, in which Stone almost always becomes the main character. The book examines each film in detail, outlining major themes and providing vivid anecdotes. A listing of Stone's early screenplays and producing credits are also given. Far superior to Norman Kagan's The Cinema of Oliver Stone (LJ 5/15/95), this is highly recommended for all film collections.-Stephen Rees, Bucks Cty. Free Lib., Levittown, Pa.