When we first meet AJ in 1948, a number of weeks shy of his 13th birthday, he ranks as minor Hollywood royalty—Dad is the motion picture industry’s so much well known lawyer, mother is a retired actress whose uncle is Adolph Zukor, founding father of Paramount. yet this 12 months will turn out to be the top of the motion picture industry’s Golden Age and the start of exile for the Jastrow family.
When AJ returns to Tinseltown after a decade’s absence, he realizes that pleasing his father’s legacy of constructing a film empire will turn out a life’s paintings. alongside the way in which, AJ’s soldiers-in-arms comprise the Machiavellian manufacturer Ray Stark, who teaches him tips on how to win at Monopoly and studio politics; Wall road genius Charlie Bluhdorn, who coaxes AJ to fly less than the radar on a mystery project; AJ’s spouse, Stephanie, who reminds him moral sense isn’t a luxurious; and his daughter and protégée, Jessica, who refuses to go away his facet regardless of impossible to resist temptation.
His enemies are bold: studio president Paul Herzog, who seeks to spoil the son as he did the daddy; the wily agent Mike Ovitz, who intuits the weaknesses of any rival; AJ’s mom, Hollywood’s wealthiest girl, who can't abide disloyalty; and AJ’s son, Ricky, an actor of unusual skill, who holds a devastating grudge opposed to his dad.
By mixing and reworking truth into fiction, by way of introducing genuine characters to fictional ones, Robert Cort supplies the reader an within account of Hollywood’s direction (and waft) from the top of worldwide struggle II to the current. And using his insider’s wisdom, won as one of many town’s most effective manufacturers, he presents an intimate chronicle of the way videos are rather made, how manufacturers paintings, and the way the has developed, frequently on the fee of its collective soul. Provocative and enormously exciting, Action! is well known fiction at its top, a narrative that's either enlightening and nice enjoyable to learn.
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