Reviews

  • "One of the best books ever written about the movies."

    Daily Telegraph, Book of the Year #1
  • "Selective and sly, personal and political – and by far one of the best books ever written about Hollywood… The stories are vivid and the voices as clear as if the speakers were still alive… Like reading a secret diary and looking at a geologist’s diagram at the same time: with each intimate revelation, the precise stratification of the world’s most glamorous and closed society becomes clear."

    Gaby Wood, Daily Telegraph
  • "The best book ever done on the terrifying social dysfunction of the beautiful people… [Stein] is clear-eyed and knows where the bodies are buried… Though all “true”, this book reads like a dream… A spellbinding record of that ancien régime."

    David Thomson, New Statesman
  • "The dark side of Tinseltown – the fame, the fortunes, the secrets – told by those in the know… Stein edits together the dizzying array of interviews she has collected, weaving them into a subtly revealing oral history that illuminates Hollywood life from the 1920s to the 1990s."

    Victoria Segal, Sunday Times
  • "A gripping story of money, power and fame… Highly entertaining stuff packed with memorable anecdotes."

    Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

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