When we first meet AJ in 1948, a number of weeks shy of his 13th birthday, he ranks as minor Hollywood royalty—Dad is the motion picture industry’s so much renowned legal professional, mother is a retired actress whose uncle is Adolph Zukor, founding father of Paramount. yet this 12 months will turn out to be the tip of the motion picture industry’s Golden Age and the start of exile for the Jastrow family.
When AJ returns to Tinseltown after a decade’s absence, he realizes that pleasing his father’s legacy of making a film empire will turn out a life’s paintings. alongside the best way, AJ’s soldiers-in-arms comprise the Machiavellian manufacturer Ray Stark, who teaches him easy methods to win at Monopoly and studio politics; Wall highway genius Charlie Bluhdorn, who coaxes AJ to fly below the radar on a mystery undertaking; AJ’s spouse, Stephanie, who reminds him judgment of right and wrong isn’t a luxurious; and his daughter and protégée, Jessica, who refuses to depart his facet regardless of impossible to resist temptation.
His enemies are bold: studio president Paul Herzog, who seeks to spoil the son as he did the daddy; the wily agent Mike Ovitz, who intuits the weaknesses of any rival; AJ’s mom, Hollywood’s wealthiest lady, who can't abide disloyalty; and AJ’s son, Ricky, an actor of unusual skill, who holds a devastating grudge opposed to his dad.
By mixing and remodeling truth into fiction, by means of introducing actual characters to fictional ones, Robert Cort offers the reader an within account of Hollywood’s course (and float) from the tip of worldwide warfare II to the current. And using his insider’s wisdom, received as one of many town’s most popular manufacturers, he offers an intimate chronicle of ways video clips are relatively made, how manufacturers paintings, and the way the has advanced, usually on the fee of its collective soul. Provocative and tremendously unique, Action! is renowned fiction at its most sensible, a narrative that's either enlightening and nice enjoyable to learn.
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