West of Eden

West of Eden

An American Place

eBook - 2016
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An epic, mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles by the author of the contemporary classic Edie Jean Stein influenced the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie: American Girl, an indelible portrait of Andy Warhol "superstar" Edie Sedgwick that was edited with George Plimpton. Now, in West of Eden, Stein turns her lens toward the city Sedgwick came from--Los Angeles--and a mythic cast of fortune hunters and aspiring moguls whose quests for fame and power destroy many along the way. West of Eden, a work of history both grand in scale and intimate in detail, tells the stories of five larger-than-life individuals and their families, each one representing different aspects of Los Angeles and the American dream. There is Edward Doheny, the Wisconsin-born oil tycoon whose corruption ruins the reputation of a United States president and leads to his own son's violent death. Jack Warner, the son of Jewish...
Publisher: 2016
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Random House, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 43110 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780812998412


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Jul 11, 2017

I listened to the audiobook and thought it was quite an interesting account of actual historical events and people. I must say that, in spite of their power, wealth and celebrity and their ability to spend a month in Europe then fly to NY for a party before jetting back to CA, their lives were remarkable empty.

Jul 29, 2016

Without knowing most interviewees and referring to biographical notes, I was able to visualize vivid pictures spanning >3 generations for each major figure the book focuses on. The author (only an editor as needed here) doesn't express her opinions, my fragmented impressions still come up with coherent historical accounts. It's an interesting and clever way to write a book, less creative though, access to large rich resources is a must.
If one isn't interested in Hollywood (good and bad) and aftermath of money & power gained, don't bother.


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