Christopher Silvester's richly entertaining compendium captures the elusive and enduring magic of Tinseltown. Dynamic movie moguls, ambitious starlets, embittered screen-writers, bemused outsiders such as P. G. Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh, are among those that reveal Hollywood in all its moods and voices, whether affectionate or scathing, witty or exotic, cynical or grandiose. From the early days of silent movies, through the arrival of sound in 1927 and the star-spangled 1930s, through the anti-Communist witch-hunt and the breakdown of the studio system, through the arrival of independent film-makers such as Steven Spielberg and superagents like Mike Ovitz, to the special effects mania of the 1980s and 1990s, The Penguin Book of Hollywood chronicles the aspirations and excesses of the world's greatest dream factory.
'A delightful collection, full of pleasant surprises.'
Sean Macaulay, Mail on Sunday