To continue doing business in Germany, Hollywood studios agreed not to make films attacking Nazis or condemning persecution of Jews. Ben Urwand reveals this collaboration and the cast of characters it drew in, ranging from Goebbels to Louis B. Mayer. At the center was Hitler himself - obsessed with movies and their power to shape public opinion.
©2013 Ben Urwand (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The idea of Hollywood collaborating to hide Nazi crimes and Anti-semitism is intriguing.
But this book tries way to hard to connect the dots.
The performance is interesting, especially the accents for the Germans, but it wouldn't have hurt without the accents.
It's not that interesting.
The book seemed to ramble on an on about different performers and characters. I almost gave up on it, but decided to finish.
Get to the point
Sorry I bought it
I think the first half is excellent the second half felt padded
no one moebt stands our
He does a good german accent
I think the author said what he had to say-it was interest
Hitler did not speak English with a German accent... he spoke German... so translations of his speeches into English should not have an accent!
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Hollywood and Hitler may seem like strange bedfellows but during the thirties they seemed to have a stormy courtship - money motivating Hollywood and madness motivating Hitler.
Ben Urwand has written a very thoroughly researched piece of work which also has the added bonus of being readable and accessible to the general public. It will certainly stimulate you to ask questions about how far the authorities not only in the States but elsewhere in the world knew what was happening to the Jews in Europe. Urwand takes a critical look at how the movie industry was driven by financial gains but he also shows that other motivations were at work on the allied side in their silence over the camps. He reveals how the Jewish lobbies in the States were also divided.
Some reviewers have criticised him for his seeming condemnation of Hollywood but I felt he recounted the facts without being overly emotional or prejudiced in his approach. Mind you some of the negative reviews came from authors writing on a similar subject so they may have had a vested interest!
The narrator is excellent and he does accents particularly well.
Whether you agree with the author or not you will certainly not be indifferent to the subject and no doubt will want to know more.
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