PositiveShelf AwarenessAbandoning the oral history format of his previous books, The Sky Is Falling is a dizzying ideological treatise on how extremist politics has changed films and TV shows ... The Sky Is Falling eloquently chronicles pop culture\'s pervasive role in mainstreaming extremism ... a fast-paced and eloquent ideological treatise on how radical politics has normalized extreme behaviors in films and TV shows.
RaveShelf AwarenessMatthew Polly\'s Bruce Lee: A Life is the definitive and authoritative biography fans of the Little Dragon have been waiting to read. This mammoth, 650-page book about the martial arts film superstar who died at age 32 is packed with new information and, like its subject, moves with lightning speed and grace ... Polly\'s meticulously researched and superbly written biography is a delight. (Even his 100 pages of footnotes are pithy and revelatory.) Bruce Lee: A Life is a spectacularly entertaining and candid biography that separates the myth and the man.
RaveShelf AwarenessFilm buffs will delight in discovering the lives and careers of Oscar-winning film editors Anne Bauchens (who edited every Cecil B. DeMille film from 1918 to 1956) and Barbara McLean (All About Eve), producer/writer Virginia Van Upp (Gilda) and many others. Smyth\'s appreciation of producer/screenwriter Joan Harrison (Rebecca) removes her from the shadow of her mentor, Alfred Hitchcock. Nobody\'s Girl Friday is an energetic, surprising and vital book that uncovers and celebrates the accomplishments of women who created film history from the 1920s to the 1960s
PositiveShelf AwarenessDoherty smoothly marshals his material and sets the stage well with colorful and knowledgeable backgrounds on all those involved ... Doherty\'s concise background and the actual testimonies of the witnesses freshen the book. Show Trial is an important and valuable study that illuminates a dark period of American history.