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Hidden Talent: The Emergence of Hollywood Agents

Hidden Talent
www.ucpress.edu

In this first-ever history of Hollywood agents, Tom Kemper mines agency archives to present an insider’s view of their tooth-and-claw rise to power during the studio era. Through case studies of key figures like Myron Selznick and Charles Feldman, we see that the agent’s character and social relationships functioned within a business structure—a good reputation and powerful connections were an agent’s most precious assets.

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The Guantanamo Lawyers: Shipwrecked


This important new book tells the story of the world’s most famous prison from the perspective of the lawyers who toiled under notoriously difficult conditions on behalf of the detainees.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 READ MORE

Freedom’s Fight: Part II

Freedom's Fight
Gary Phillips / Parker Publishing

Truthdig is pleased to present the second excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

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Freedom’s Fight

Freedom's Fight
Gary Phillips / Parker Publishing

Truthdig is pleased to present an excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE

Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times


Angel City Press

The Chandler family’s L.A. Times practically invented one of the great American cities. This is the story of the paper’s fall toward mediocrity.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE

The Victims of Pornography


AP / Jae C. Hong

Pornography does not promote sex. It promotes masturbation. It promotes the solitary auto-arousal that precludes intimacy and love. Pornography is about getting yourself off at someone else’s expense.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE

Business Goes to School


The New Press

Business leaders are eager to meddle in education but rarely take responsibility for the root of education’s problem—economic despair and mind-numbing mass media.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE

A Bomb in Every Issue


Peter Richardson’s fascinating new book explores the short, unruly life of Ramparts Magazine and its extraordinary effect on American politics and media.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE

Book Excerpt: ‘Empire of Illusion’


Read this brilliant and humorous chapter from Chris Hedges’ new book and marvel as the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent makes sense of reality television.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE

‘Get Rich Cheating,’ Part 2


Harper Paperbacks

Truthdig is pleased to present a second excerpt from comedian Jeff Kreisler’s new book, “Get Rich Cheating,” a satirical how-to guide that uses real scams in business, sports, entertainment and politics to show how we got into the mess we’re in.

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE

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