PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewCarter and Kashner have skillfully handled things ... They have drawn on 150 respondents, friendly and mostly jovial, along with a good many quotations from Nichols himself ... Altogether, the pages about The Graduate constitute some of the best writing about Hollywood and could make, by themselves, a devastating satire.
PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewWhat does immediately strike one about Looking for 'The Stranger’ is the enormous research that produced it, from remote archives and elaborate interviews, no page left unturned, no possible voice unheard. This is particularly impressive because the novel not only underwent much rewriting, but also endured a complicated publishing history resembling a combined marathon run and hurdle race ... Without neglecting other things, Kaplan concentrates on The Stranger and dwells on Camus’s adherence to and emulation of American novels by Faulkner and Hemingway and especially James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice.