There have been other books about scandal in Hollywood, but few have bothered to put the hedonism of the stars into the context of Hollywood as a whole - a place and an industry built on a collision of great talent, popular taste, great beauty, astonishing greed, heartbreak and some very dubious business morality.
Right from the beginning of movies, there were vicious and sometimes violent rivalries, casting couch compromises, and brilliant, if totally amoral, entrepreneurs. Los Angeles was a movie town and if you were a star and found yourself in a spot of trouble (and many did), you didn't call the police. Oh, no. You called the studio, which, with its corrupt links to the… Read more