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Of course, there are the box-office disasters, which also have a place in his fascinating memoir, a pull-no-punches account of financial and political maneuvering, of creativity stymied, and of working with the industry's brightest star power.
An eyewitness to Hollywood history in the making, Medavoy gives a powerful and poignant view of the past and future of a world he knows intimately.
Narration was good but the story was not as engrossing as I was expecting. I thought he would be discussing in more detail the great, good and awful. Instead there was a huge amount of self satisfaction (I should have known better, this is a Hollywood Insider after all) about some very spurious links to great films and very little discussion on the really bad ones, which is where the interest really would have been.
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A wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the career of one of the most prolific producers in movie history that feels like an honest genuflection upon the oftentimes good, and occasionally regretful, decisions made in an industry renown for its ability to deceive itself. Many books of this kind contain a significant amount of revisionist history that requires a healthy dose of salt during consumption. This book manages to tell a series of stories that allows a reader to understand the events disclosed within its pages are from one source who can only tell one side. It attempts to be both fair and entertaining from cover to cover, and that effort is appreciated. Moments of repetition pass quickly enough since they often lead into another chapter within his life, and some of those scenes revealed are laugh out loud entertaining. Touching to a degree, this book was a read I would recommend to anyone who enjoys cinema history, or autobiographies in general. A great addition to any library!
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Would you listen to You're Only as Good as Your Next One again? Why?
If I was out of books, yes. It has enough morsels of Hollywood History that it is a pretty good read.
What other book might you compare You're Only as Good as Your Next One to and why?
"CAA Powerhouse" - The story of CAA - Which is a history heavy book.
What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
As always, the emotion of the book is better when read to you.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Due to length, no.
I like Hollywood gossip. And this had it all.
Takes you to another world of showbiz and glamour.
Great for listening in the car when you are on a long journey.