When we first meet AJ in 1948, a couple of weeks shy of his 13th birthday, he ranks as minor Hollywood royalty—Dad is the motion picture industry’s so much favourite lawyer, mother is a retired actress whose uncle is Adolph Zukor, founding father of Paramount. yet this yr will turn out to be the top 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 enjoyable his father’s legacy of making a film empire will turn out a life’s paintings. alongside the way in which, AJ’s soldiers-in-arms comprise the Machiavellian manufacturer Ray Stark, who teaches him easy methods to win at Monopoly and studio politics; Wall road genius Charlie Bluhdorn, who coaxes AJ to fly lower than the radar on a mystery project; AJ’s spouse, Stephanie, who reminds him sense 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 ambitious: studio president Paul Herzog, who seeks to break 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 reworking truth into fiction, via introducing actual characters to fictional ones, Robert Cort offers the reader an inside of account of Hollywood’s course (and glide) from the tip of worldwide battle II to the current. And using his insider’s wisdom, received as one of many town’s foremost manufacturers, he presents an intimate chronicle of ways video clips are particularly made, how manufacturers paintings, and the way the has advanced, usually on the price of its collective soul. Provocative and tremendously pleasing, Action! is renowned fiction at its most sensible, a narrative that's either enlightening and nice enjoyable to learn.
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