Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics

Hollywood Left and Right How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics Ever since the film industry relocated to Hollywood early in the twentieth century it has had an outsized influence on American politics Through a series of gripping chapters on larger than life figu

  • Title: Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics
  • Author: Steven J. Ross
  • ISBN: 9780195181722
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ever since the film industry relocated to Hollywood early in the twentieth century, it has had an outsized influence on American politics Through a series of gripping chapters on larger than life figures in American cinema Charlie Chaplin, Louis Mayer, Edward G Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Ronald Reagan, George Murphy, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, and ArnolEver since the film industry relocated to Hollywood early in the twentieth century, it has had an outsized influence on American politics Through a series of gripping chapters on larger than life figures in American cinema Charlie Chaplin, Louis Mayer, Edward G Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Ronald Reagan, George Murphy, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, and Arnold Schwarzenegger Hollywood Left and Right tells the compelling story of how Hollywood emerged as a vital center of American politics From Chaplin, whose movies almost always displayed his leftist convictions, to Schwarznegger s nearly seamless transition from action blockbusters to the California governor s mansion, Steve Ross traces the intersection of Hollywood and political activism through the twentieth century and into the 21st Significantly, Hollywood Left and Right challenges the commonly held belief that Hollywood is a bastion of liberalism The real story, as Ross shows in this passionate yet highly entertaining work, is a far complicated one.The Left and the Right each gained ascendancy in Tinseltown at different times, but while the Hollywood Left was usually vocal and visible, it was the Right that achieved the most, capturing a Senate seat Murphy , a governorship Schwarzenegger , and ultimately the Presidency Reagan.

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    • Kressel Housman says:

      According to another reviewer, the main lesson of this book is that while there are more left-leaning people in the entertainment industry than there are right-leaning, the right-wingers have exerted more political influence. That certainly is one of the book’s main lessons, but because of current events – namely, that Donald Trump is now the official Republican nominee for president – I took a different lesson from it. The lesson is this: because of our media-saturated society, running fo [...]

    • Jon Boorstin says:

      Steve Ross gives us an eye-opening dissection of Hollywood's intertwining with politics. He maintains, and demonstrates convincingly, that contrary to common belief, Hollywood has been more influential as a force for the right than the left. Hollywood helped liberal causes, but it elected conservative candidates. By focussing on a carefully chosen group of Hollywood luminaries, he shows how it has shaped the political discussion, and brings to life the astonishing breadth of the Hollywood commun [...]

    • Sarah says:

      The best parts of this book filled in some of the blanks of the stars whose political activity I lived through, like Jane Fonda and Charlton Heston, but whose context I was too young or uninformed to understand. The author's thesis that Hollywood has more left-wing advocates, but that the right-wing advocates have more influence on national politics, seems well-founded.

    • Noah Gittell says:

      Well-researched book about the influence of movie stars in national politics. Tracking the career arcs of 10 movie stars-turned-politicos (5 Republican and 5 Democrat), Ross seeks to bust the myth that Hollywood is only for liberals. He shows how conservatives like Louis Mayer, Charlton Heston, and, of course, Ronald Reagan shaped 20th century American politics more deeply than liberal stars like Edward Robinson, Jane Fonda, and Warren Beatty, although he gives them their due by demonstrating ho [...]

    • Owain says:

      Very basic for an academic book. Yes it's well-researched and factually correct, it just has a poor narrative and analysis. The author clearly has a liberal bias and tends towards writing positively about the 'leftist' (generally read liberal here) figures and in a blandly neutral way about the right-wing figures. His final summary lacks any kind of political analysis along the lines of: 'hey guys, wouldn't it be great if both sides could just get along'. No. Not how it works you political imbec [...]

    • Vinod says:

      One of the best Book I ever read. Good work

    • Mehran Memarzadeh says:

      محشره

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