By Neal Gabler
Publish 12 months note; First released September 1st 1988
Winner of the Los Angeles Times publication Award for heritage, this "wonderful background of the golden age of the motion picture moguls" (Chicago Tribune ) is a provocative, unique, and richly wonderful crew biography of the Jewish immigrants who have been the relocating forces at the back of the production of America's movie industry.
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An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood by Neal Gabler