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Sam Wasson
Sam Wasson
New York Times Best Selling author of many books on Hollywood including The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Sam

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I'm always thinking about film and filmmakers, how film affects the country and vice-versa, and always, always the history of our greatest cultural innovation, Hollywood.

Why I'm excited to talk with readers

Let's talk movies.

I'm excited for what's next.

My very best,

Sam

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The Path to Paradise

A Francis Ford Coppola Story

Francis Ford Coppola is one of the great American dreamers, and his most magnificent dream is American Zoetrope, the production company he founded in San Francisco years before his gargantuan success, when he was only thirty. Through Zoetrope’s experimental, communal utopia, Coppola attempted to reimagine the entire pursuit of moviemaking. Now, more than fifty years later, despite myriad setbacks, the visionary filmmaker’s dream persists, most notably in the production of his decades in the making film and the culmination of his utopian ideals, Megalopolis.

“Sam Wasson’s supremely entertaining new book, “The Path to Paradise,” tracks the ups and downs, ins and outs, of a remarkable career.”

— New York Times

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Hollywood: The Oral History

The real story of Hollywood as told by such luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Frank Capra, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Harold Lloyd, and nearly four hundred others, assembled from the American Film Institute’s treasure trove of interviews, reveals a fresh history of the American movie industry from its beginnings to today.

"SURELY THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PORTRAIT OF AMERICA'S DREAM FACTORY EVER COMMITTED TO PAPER."

— THE GUARDIAN

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