Hollywood Godfather

The Life and Crimes of Billy Wilkerson
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
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Publisher's Summary

This is the definitive biography of the most powerful man in Hollywood during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, the man who founded The Hollywood Reporter and the most storied nightspots of the Sunset Strip. In the 30 years as Tinseltown’s premier behind-the-scenes power broker, Billy Wilkerson introduced Clark Gable and Lana Turner to the world, brought the Mafia to Hollywood, and engineered the shakedown of the Hollywood studios by Willie Bioff and his mob-run unions. He also helped to invent Las Vegas, tangled with Bugsy Siegel (and possibly was involved with his murder), and touched off the Hollywood blacklist. 

Perhaps nobody in Hollywood history has ever ruined so many careers or done so much to reshape the movie industry as Billy Wilkerson, yet there has never been a solid biography of the man. Billy’s son, William R. Wilkerson III, has done tremendous research on his father, interviewing over several decades everyone who knew him best, and he portrays him beautifully and damningly in this book.

©2018 W.R. Wilkerson III (P)2018 ListenUp Audiobooks

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Loved it!

Great book about an amazing man. Couldn’t turn it off! Interesting Hollywood history. Hate that it ended.

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The Best Kept Secret In Hollywood

Anyone studying politics, journalism, social dynamics, organized crime, media or life, would definitely be grateful for this book. The history of the Hollywood Reporter and the Hollywood Black List is thoroughly translated here and in a time when Hollywood figures are creating Blacklists in the here and now in this decade and generating stigmatism against other cultures, religions and political parties. It is flagrant. The social science to be explored in this manifesto is priceless. The story itself and the people in it are extraordinary. An education that alludes us in any other walk of life or exploration. Do not deny yourself the insight offered in this labor of love or the pleasure in listening to this most fascinating tale of manipulation, domination, and survival in the jungle.

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masterpiece, anyone interested in Hollywood.

I loved this book. A true historic achievement. Anyone interested in the real Hollywood, this is the book for you.

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why is this not a movie or a series yet?

This book is amazing. Im on my seocnd listen and love it. I wish someone would make it into a Netflix series or something. I like how it tells how Billie started The Flamingo not Bugsy. All i ever see is how bugsy siegel started las vegas with Flamingo hotel. I believe that busgy was killed by Johnny Roselli. Man what a great book. I need this on the screen though.

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Too much is unknown about Wilkerson

The author, Wilkerson's son knows very little about his father, Notes, records and other documentation is missing and the author admits this. A very simple tale of a man of questionable character who makes a lot of money in Hollywood...a fairly boring book in this reader's/listner's opinion.