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The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler | [Ben Urwand]

The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler

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.
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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.

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    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 11-05-13
    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 11-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Making mountains out of molehills"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David PALOS PARK, IL, United States 10-01-13
    David PALOS PARK, IL, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book seemed to ramble on an on about different performers and characters. I almost gave up on it, but decided to finish.


    What could Ben Urwand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get to the point


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry I bought it

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie Futornick Arlington Heights, IL, US 09-22-13
    Jodie Futornick Arlington Heights, IL, US 09-22-13
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    "Annoying narration"
    If you could sum up The Collaboration in three words, what would they be?

    Hitler did not speak English with a German accent... he spoke German... so translations of his speeches into English should not have an accent!


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William 03-13-15
    William 03-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Must read/listen!"

    This book should be on every high school reading list. The overt and deceptive practices or governments and media continue today and we need greater skepticism from our future generations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 01-15-15
    Tim United States 01-15-15 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "Poorly Bounded"

    I always learn something new when I read about Hitler, but Ben Urwand tries too hard in "The Collaboration." Hitler's links to Hollywood over one reel, (All Quiet on the Western Front) was a bit of a stretch for a book. The author just tries too hard on hot Hitler had a strong hold on Hollywood.

    After a while, I lost interest in the book because I couldn't connect the dots. It's an interesting subject, but not well explain. This book is poorly bounded with loose information. It lacks in structure.

    The subject needs to be redone by an historian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    janice ingleside, Ontario, Canada 01-14-15
    janice ingleside, Ontario, Canada 01-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disgraceful"

    Reading this book had a profound impact on my already existing view of those in powerful positions already flush with money personally, but unbelievably greedy. Imagine those of us who would allow family and extended family to be exterminated (that is murdered for no other reason than race) and say nothing? Even worse, to capitulate with the enemy to the point that they have access to everything including decision making that the average person does not, and to call all the shots to boot? This all in the name of making money?
    Shame on Hollywood then, and shame on them today and all those who would manipulate the news rather than report the truth!
    This book is a must read for those not privy to the stories told by their fathers who returned from that war. Also, those who want the generation of today to believe and learn that such real crimes by nations and people that look the other way can and do occur.

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    Peter United States 09-27-13
    Peter United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A good listen but"
    What did you like best about The Collaboration? What did you like least?

    I think the first half is excellent the second half felt padded


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Collaboration?

    no one moebt stands our


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a good german accent


    Do you think The Collaboration needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think the author said what he had to say-it was interest


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Barrows 04-18-14
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    "I book I recommend"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's fascinating. I've told friends, my parents and my film history professor about it.


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    "Don't miss this!"

    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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