West of Eden

West of Eden

An American Place

Book - 2016
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An oral history of five outsider families who rose to power and fortune in Hollywood and Los Angeles traces their humble origins, the dreams that inspired their ambitions, the setbacks that challenged their achievements, and their enduring legacies.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812998405
Branch Call Number: 979.494 STE
Characteristics: xiii, 334 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm

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brigpa1
Jul 11, 2017

I listened to the audiobook and thought it was quite an interesting account of actual historical events and people. I must say that, in spite of their power, wealth and celebrity and their ability to spend a month in Europe then fly to NY for a party before jetting back to CA, their lives were remarkable empty.

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xiaojunbpl12
Jul 29, 2016

Without knowing most interviewees and referring to biographical notes, I was able to visualize vivid pictures spanning >3 generations for each major figure the book focuses on. The author (only an editor as needed here) doesn't express her opinions, my fragmented impressions still come up with coherent historical accounts. It's an interesting and clever way to write a book, less creative though, access to large rich resources is a must.
If one isn't interested in Hollywood (good and bad) and aftermath of money & power gained, don't bother.

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