The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood

Dennis Mcdougal

The reviewer of the Boston Globe said point blank: “Over the years, I’ve read hundreds of books on Hollywood and the movie business, and this one is right at the top.” As the elusive, tyrannical head of the Music Corporation of America (Mca) until the 1990s, Lew Wasserman was the most powerful and feared man in show business for more than half a century. His career spanned the entire history of the movies, from the silent era to the present, and he was guru to Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, and Jimmy Stewart, and to a new generation of filmmakers beginning with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. For more than four years, Dennis McDougal interviewed over 350 people who knew the man with the giant dark horn-rimmed glasses—colleagues, relatives, rivals—and drew on tens of thousands of pages of documents to produce this extraordinary and first-ever portrait of a legend and his times, a book that the New York Times Book Review called “thoroughly reported and engrossing” and that the Daily News called, simply, “a bombshell.”

status Copy #1 (6418): in
genre Performance Arts ยป Film and Screenplays
publisher Da Capo Press
publish date April 20, 2001
popularity checked out 1 time(s)

Reviews

  • By Bill Svoboda -

    This book contains 2 full length biographies (Jules Stein and Lew Wasserman), a corporate history (MCA), and a host of minor biographies. The research done is heroic: 200+ bibliography of books alone, plus movies, court hearings, magazine articles, and some 350 interviews. There simply is too much information for any author to deal with in a graceful and insightful manner- This is almost more of a reference book. It is awesome and super well informed, but far too ambitious even for a 532 page book.-it should have been a non-fiction trilogy instead.

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