An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood
A provocative, original, and richly entertaining group biography of the Jewish immigrants who were the moving forces behind the creation of America's motion picture industry.
The names Harry Cohn, William Fox, Carl Laemmle, Louis B. Mayer, Jack and Harry Warner, and Adolph Zucker are giants in the history of contemporary Hollywood, outsiders who dared to invent their own vision of the American Dream. Even to this day, the American values defined largely by the movies of these émigrés endure in American cinema and culture. Who these men were, how they came to dominate Hollywood, and what they gained and lost in the process is the exhilarating story of An Empire of Their Own.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BobCulley - LibraryThing
This is the story of the Hollywood moguls, especially those who created Paramount, Universal, MGM, Warner Brothers and Fox. Most were Eastern European Jews trying to assimilate into U.S. culture. In ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Meredy - LibraryThing
An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood is flawed yet interesting. It is most of all a character study of the first Hollywood movie moguls, the founders and heads of the major studios ... Read full review
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