The Dark Heart of Hollywood: Glamour, Guns and Gambling – Inside the Mafia's Global Empire

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Random House, Sep 6, 2012 - Performing Arts - 368 pages

This book reveals the sinister true story of the Mafia in Hollywood. Crammed with legends, myths, murders, madness, mayhem, superstar tantrums, super-sexed starlets, power brokers and politics, it is an ambitious account of Hollywood’s hidden history, from the rogue cops who took on the Mob on the streets of Los Angeles to the stars who became stars because Mafia Godfathers said they would.

In The Dark Heart of Hollywood, seasoned crime and entertainment writer Douglas Thompson reveals how all is masterminded by the money-obsessed Mafia, for whom everything and everyone is simply a commodity. The intense saga charges across America: from Hollywood bedrooms to the Oval Office, from California’s twenty-first century computer capital to the cocaine-connection HQs stretching from the Sunset Strip to Marseilles, Milan, Moscow, Tokyo and Beijing.

In this magnificent and highly compelling volume, Hollywood is unveiled as Tinseltown without the tinsel.


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The moment I read MGM and Peyton Place I knew this writer does not know much or care. Peyton Place is Fox and all the ensuing comments regarding Eddie Mannix and others are just plain nonsense.


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Douglas Thompson has been writing from and about Hollywood for nearly 40 years. His books include Hollywood People, a series of superstar biographies and, most recently, Mafialand.

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