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  • The Agency: William Morris and the Hidden History of Show Business

  • By: Frank Rose
  • Narrated by: Marlin May
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

For decades, hidden from the public eye, William Morris agents made the deals that determined the fate of stars, studios, and networks alike. Mae West, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Danny Thomas, Steve McQueen--the Morris Agency sold talent to anyone in the market for it, from the Hollywood studios to the mobsters who ran Vegas to the Madison Avenue admen who controlled television.

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  • Whew...finally finished it

  • By sylvia mason on 08-26-16

I was so sad for this book to end!

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Reviewed: 02-08-15

What made the experience of listening to The Agency: William Morris and the Hidden History of Show Business the most enjoyable?

This book combined everything I want in an audio book: History, Hollywood, Business lessons, and a delivery by Marlin May so good it kept pace perfectly with Frank Rose's brilliant writing. I just wish this book went on forever.

Any additional comments?

Elvis, Sinatra, Monroe. There were so many behind the scenes Hollywood tales about people that have impacted us, some famous, and many of whom we've never heard. Rose brilliantly weaves each individual person's story into the largest narrative of the Agency that has made such an impact for over a century. And while Rose has us in the palm of his hand with masterful storytelling, Marlin May sinks his teeth into every line and delivers us into a world of wonder and mystique of days past in a world that no longer exists. Together, they paint the picture of Hollywood's evolution through the lens of the William Morris Agency to perfection.