This is an outstanding biography which avoids the pitfalls of being either too reverential or too iconoclastic. The outcome of many years of research, this is a very subtle and considered book, avoiding the sensationalist approach. It is well written and is highly readable. Even if you are not particularly interested in Hollywood or the film industry per se, this is an extremely interesting insight into a (possibly, the) key figure in the film industry of the 1920s and 1930s. Dogged by ill health Thalberg died in 1936 at the age of 37.
Thalberg was the inspiration for Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Last Tycoon", later made into a film in the mid 1970s.
Wonderful book. A glimspe into a very private and happy marriage between two long ago superstars of the Golden Age of Movies in Hollywood. Producer Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer. I am so pleased I bought this brilliant book.
Whilst many have heard the name Irving Thalberg, mostly through the special Academy Award given in his name, few today understand the impact he had on the motion picture business nor the power he wielded. And they certainly don't know about the man himself.
Mark Viera's book was a riveting read about an amazing man. It will appeal to all those who have an interest in the beginnings and growth of the industry as well as anyone who wishes to read a great story about a very interesting man.