When Hollywood Had a King: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent into Power and Influence

When Hollywood Had a King: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent into Power and Influence

by Connie Bruck
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When Hollywood Had a King: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent into Power and Influence 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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When Hollywood was King and MCA ruled through aggressive, imaginative, creative, dirty, underhanded, political ways. This is not my favorite Hollywood book as I found 'Showman, the life of David O. Selznick' by David Thomson and Peter Biskind's 'easy Riders, Raging Bulls' far more entertaining. But Connie Bruck's book is more epic, covering as it does the business careers of Jules Stein and Lew Wassermann from the 1920s into the 21st Century in addition to telling the history of their company MCA and the industry they 'ruled'. Note I reference business careers because these individuals did not seem to have a personal life that did not revolve around business. There is not much surprising celebrity scandal that unfolds, except some strong hints that Ronald Reagan was a charming empty suit who received many sweetheart deals from the industry and he gave back in return. In some ways the Wasserman life story told here is one of the rise and fall, the young mans glory being used by younger students against him. And even though MCA associated with the mob and the mob with them Wasserman gave heavily to his industry and charity. A book for anyone interested in the history of Hollywood as a business in the 20th century. An epic work that I highly recommend.
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