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To most Americans, Hollywood activism consists of self-obsessed movie stars promoting their pet causes, whether defending marijuana legalization or Second Amendment rights. There's some truth in that stereotype, and in this book you'll find the close personal friends of Fidel Castro, the wannabe cowboys, and the ever-ubiquitous Barbra Streisand. But Citizen Hollywood makes To most Americans, Hollywood activism consists of self-obsessed movie stars promoting their pet causes, whether defending marijuana legalization or Second Amendment rights. There's some truth in that stereotype, and in this book you'll find the close personal friends of Fidel Castro, the wannabe cowboys, and the ever-ubiquitous Barbra Streisand. But Citizen Hollywood makes a far more serious case--that Hollywood's influence in Washington runs deeper and affects the country's government more than most of us imagine. Celebrity activism exerts a subtle power over the American political process, and that pressure is nothing new. Through money, networking, and image making, the movie industry has shaped the way that politics works for nearly a century. It has helped to forge a culture that is obsessed with celebrity and spectacle. In return, politicians have become part of the fabric of Hollywood society and cater to the wishes of their new-found friends and fund-raisers. Using original archival research and exclusive interviews with stars, directors, producers, and politicians from both parties, Timothy Stanley's Citizen Hollywood shows that the only way to understand the image-obsessed, volatile politics of modern America is to understand the hidden history of Hollywood's influence on Washington.


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To most Americans, Hollywood activism consists of self-obsessed movie stars promoting their pet causes, whether defending marijuana legalization or Second Amendment rights. There's some truth in that stereotype, and in this book you'll find the close personal friends of Fidel Castro, the wannabe cowboys, and the ever-ubiquitous Barbra Streisand. But Citizen Hollywood makes To most Americans, Hollywood activism consists of self-obsessed movie stars promoting their pet causes, whether defending marijuana legalization or Second Amendment rights. There's some truth in that stereotype, and in this book you'll find the close personal friends of Fidel Castro, the wannabe cowboys, and the ever-ubiquitous Barbra Streisand. But Citizen Hollywood makes a far more serious case--that Hollywood's influence in Washington runs deeper and affects the country's government more than most of us imagine. Celebrity activism exerts a subtle power over the American political process, and that pressure is nothing new. Through money, networking, and image making, the movie industry has shaped the way that politics works for nearly a century. It has helped to forge a culture that is obsessed with celebrity and spectacle. In return, politicians have become part of the fabric of Hollywood society and cater to the wishes of their new-found friends and fund-raisers. Using original archival research and exclusive interviews with stars, directors, producers, and politicians from both parties, Timothy Stanley's Citizen Hollywood shows that the only way to understand the image-obsessed, volatile politics of modern America is to understand the hidden history of Hollywood's influence on Washington.

47 review for Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration between LA and DC Revolutionized American Politics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    This was a book full of history. The country's politicians and Hollywood's stars are the major players in this really informative, fascinating book. I like the way the author travels through the early times of Hollywood and movies, interweaving the politics of the time throughout the stories. I learned a lot that I hadn't heard before about the movie studios as they were starting out and the people who made the movies, and how they influenced Washington D.C. and all of the money that contributed This was a book full of history. The country's politicians and Hollywood's stars are the major players in this really informative, fascinating book. I like the way the author travels through the early times of Hollywood and movies, interweaving the politics of the time throughout the stories. I learned a lot that I hadn't heard before about the movie studios as they were starting out and the people who made the movies, and how they influenced Washington D.C. and all of the money that contributed to the campaigning and the electing of the presidents. The power of Hollywood had a lot to do with who did well in Washington, and what the policies ended up being. There are in depth stories of the Kennedys, Nixon, and the civil rights days, on up to current goings on in the White House and how they relate to Hollywood today. I really enjoyed the section talking about Ronald Reagan, who, of course, got his start in the movies and stardom. Thanks to the author and goodreads for providing this book free for an honest review. I recommend this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The American Conservative

    "Just how much truth is there to Stanley’s thesis? I think his contention that the 2012 election was decided by a Hollywood elite is slightly reductive and hyperbolic—it aims to fit the argument of his book rather than the reality of the situation. Still, Stanley explores certain issues with intellectual authority. For example, his examination of myth and political ideology is particularly fascinating. He claims that conservatives since the 1970s have adopted the myth of the Cowboy, which tends "Just how much truth is there to Stanley’s thesis? I think his contention that the 2012 election was decided by a Hollywood elite is slightly reductive and hyperbolic—it aims to fit the argument of his book rather than the reality of the situation. Still, Stanley explores certain issues with intellectual authority. For example, his examination of myth and political ideology is particularly fascinating. He claims that conservatives since the 1970s have adopted the myth of the Cowboy, which tends to embody characteristics such as honor, masculinity, faith in God, resistance to authority, guns, self-reliance, and the common man made heroic." J.P. O'Malley reviews: http://www.theamericanconservative.co...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vin

    Stanley, while actively trying to present the facts, kinda falls into the two traps that I hate in regards to stuff like this. First, he cannot hide his disdain for Hollywood involvement in politics. Second, he tends to really drone on and on until he stops and then it becomes a different topic to drone on and on about.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diana Petty-stone

    I had always been curious about the connection between actors and movie studios and presidential candidates. This takes you from Louis B. Mayer with MGM, the Warner Brothers and Herbert Hoover all the way to George Clooney, Ron Reiner and Barack Obama. It is a very interesting book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lana Glover

    Started out pretty good, but ended kind of flat. meh.

  6. 5 out of 5

    V

    Not bad. Got it as a first read from goodreads. Had some interesting stories and I enjoyed although I really hate politics Figure my spouse will like it better than I .

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