Joe Eszterhas is a complex and paradoxical figure: part outlaw and outsider combined with equal parts romantic and moralist. More than one person has called him "the devil." He has been referred to as "the most reviled man in America." But Time asked, "If Shakespeare were alive today, would his name be Joe Eszterhas?" and he was the first screenwriter picked as one of the movie industry's 100 Most Powerful People. Although he is often accused of sexism and misogyny, his wife is his best friend and equal partner. Considered an apostle of sex and violence, he is a churchgoer who believes in the power of prayer. For many years the ultimate symbol of Hollywood excess, he has moved his family to Ohio and immersed himself in the midwestern lifestyle he so values.
Controversial, fearless, extremely talented, and totally unpredictable, the author of the best-selling American Rhapsody and National Book Award nominee Charlie Simpson's Apocalypse has surprised us yet again: he has written a memoir like no other.
On one level, Hollywood Animal is a shocking and often devastating look inside the movie business. It intimately explores the concept of fame and gives us a never-before-seen look at the famous. Eszterhas reveals the fights, the deals, the extortions, the backstabbing, and the sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll world that is Hollywood.
But there are many more levels to this extraordinary work. It is the story of a street kid who survives a life filled with obstacles and pain . . . a chronicle of a love affair that is sensual, glorious, and unending . . . an excruciatingly detailed look at a man facing down the greatest enemy he's ever fought: the cancer inside him . . . and perhaps most important, Hollywood Animal is the heartbreaking story of a father and son that defines the concepts of love and betrayal.
This is a book that will shock you and make you laugh, anger you and move you to tears. It is pure Joe Eszterhas—a raw, spine-chilling celebration of the human spirit.
From the Hardcover edition.
A couple recommended this book. It's great. Well written. Well thought out. He can tell a story. Is it all true? Doubtful. Is it fun as hell? You bet your ass it isPublished 3 months ago by Sean Tuohy
'Hollywood Animal' follows the story of Joe Eszterhas, from a child in Hungarian prison camps to being arguably the most famous, successful and powerful screenwriter of all... Read morePublished 15 months ago by C.J.H
I picked this up because I was acquainted with Joe during his stint as editor of the O.U. Post at Ohio U. He was Belushi-like character running a M.A.S.H. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Art C. Phartsy
Having read everything Joe has written, I am in Love with him. I lived in Akron OH for 3 years and spent time in Cleveland. Tough Town. Read morePublished on May 5, 2010 by Laurel Gardens