The Dark Heart of Hollywood: Glamour, Guns and Gambling - Inside the Mafia's Global Empire

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This book reveals the sinister true story of the Mafia in Hollywood. Crammed with legends, myths, murders, madness, mayhem, superstar tantrums, super-sexed starlets, power brokers and politics, it is an ambitious account of Hollywood's hidden history, from the rogue cops who took on the Mob on the streets of Los Angeles to the stars who became stars because Mafia Godfathers said they would. In The Dark Heart of Hollywood, seasoned crime and entertainment writer Douglas Thompson reveals how all is masterminded by the money-obsessed Mafia, for whom everything and everyone is simply a commodity. The intense saga charges across America: from Hollywood bedrooms to the Oval Office, from California's twenty-first-century computer capital to the cocaine-connection HQs stretching from the Sunset Strip to Marseilles, Milan, Moscow, Tokyo and Beijing. In this magnificent and highly compelling volume, Hollywood is unveiled as Tinseltown without the tinsel.

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Douglas Thompson has been writing from and about Hollywood for nearly 40 years. His books include Hollywood People, a series of superstar biographies and, most recently, Mafialand.

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Thompson, who has written about both the movies and organized crime, turns his attention here to the relationship between the Mob and Hollywood—and not just in the early years but right up to the present. In tone, the book resembles most closely one of Kurt Eisenwald’s lively, character-based business books: the story is as much about the people as what they did. And they did some pretty outrageous stuff, if Thompson is to be believed (and there appears to be no reason not to believe him, as the book is exhaustively researched and sourced). If you’ve always thought Hollywood careers were made through talent and hard work, you might be surprised at some of the revelations here, and even if you’ve always suspected some Hollywood folks had someone in their corner, operating behind the scenes, you might still be shocked at what you read here. Very informative and very entertaining. --David Pitt

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