With a rich blend of art and politics, Doherty brings to light the story of how Hollywood handled Nazism during Hitler's reign. Recommended.
(Library Journal (starred review)
Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939 tracks the advance of fascism, and the movie industry's reaction on screen and in private.... [A] fascinating work.
(Kate Muir The Times (London)
A lively study of Hollywood's relationship to Nazism.
(Emily Greenhouse Culture Desk blog, The New Yorker
Wide-ranging and brightly written.
(Dave Kehr The New York Times Book Review
A lively, detailed account and a worthy successor to his books Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934 and Hollywood's Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration.
(Philip Kemp Times Higher Education
A remarkable and stimulating account of an important part of movie history and American history.
(Rob Hardy The Commercial Dispatch
[Doherty's] books on American cinema from the 1930s to the 1950s are essential reading: Pre-Code Hollywood and Hollywood's Censor: Joseph I. Breen & the Production Code Administration.... No one has told this story in as comprehensive or convincing a fashion. As always, Doherty's work is well researched.
(Clayton Koppes Cineaste
A witty writer familiar with Hollywood history and manners, Doherty places the studios' craven behavior within a general account of the political culture of the movies in the thirties and forties.
(David Denby The New Yorker
[A] riveting read.
(Merve Emre The Millions
Mr. Doherty fully understands the studio system and how it juggled interference from its own internal agency, the Production Code Administration. He doesn't deny the greed and fear that motivated studios, but he puts the behavior in context.
(Jeanine Basinger Wall Street Journal
Meticulously researched and captivating.
(Noah Isenberg Times Literary Supplement
Doherty masterfully describes how the movie industry, mostly headed by Jews, ultimately came together at a time when the nation needed unity.... The book is crisply written, well documented.
(Burton Boxerman St. Louis Jewish Light
Doherty's well researched Hollywood and Hitler 1933-1939 throws fascinating new light on America and the rise of Nazism.
(Philip French The Observer
[A] wide-ranging, scrupulously researched and highly entertaining study.
(Philip French Sight and Sound
[A] judicious and comprehensive history of the period.
(Mark Horowitz Tablet
Doherty provides a more nuanced and accurate account of Hollywood's relationship with Hitler, and his book should be considered the authority on the subject.
(M. Todd Bennett American Historical Review
Hollywood and Hitler is an excellent addition to Doherty's impressive oeuvre, well worth reading for its important insights, strong narrative, and mastery of the period.
(David Welky Journal of American Studies
Doherty's book is well documented and brings together a corpus made of lesser-known, yet signifying feature films.
(Yves Laberge Journal of American Culture
Thorough and elegantly written.
(Saverio Giovacchini Journal of American History
Doherty brings fresh eyes and a witty pen to re-examine the business of US cinema production and distribution in the turbulent pre-war years.... A valuable contribution to scholarship on the subject.
(Vincent O'Donnell Media International Australia
An important contribution to the history of Hollywood's response to the Nazi efforts to censor US films targeted for export to Germany.... Highly recommended.
Vividly written, academically unpretentious, and indispensable for historians and students of film.
(Bernard F. Dick American Studies
[Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939] is painstakingly researched and offers film historians, as well as historians of World War II, a rich, insightful, and engaging portrait of an industry and a world in turmoil.
(Brian Faucette Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television
Meticulously researched.... [Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939] provides an informed backdrop to scholars looking to contextualize and analyze individual films from the era.
(Rochelle Miller Film & History
A tour de force of film history, deftly weaving together many strands of Hollywood and world history to explain Hollywood's vexed and often vexing relationship to the rise of Nazism.
(Leslie Fishbein American Jewish History
Doherty offers a compelling prequel to his own Projections of War: Hollywood,American Culture,and World War II and an indispensible contribution to the emerging body of work on the relationships between Hollywood and Berlin in the 1930s.
(Hannah Graves Film Quarterly
Thomas Doherty traces a powerful historical narrative as Hollywood's treatment of European fascism dramatically changes with the rise of Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco. Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939 marks a significant advance in our understanding of the American film industry in the 1930s and also in our appreciation of a wide range of films and filmmaking practices, revealing Hollywood as a social and geopolitical force.
(Thomas G. Schatz, author of The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era
and Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s
Meticulously researched and vigorously written, this comprehensive account of Hollywood, Hitler, and all points in between is both a scholarly tour de force and a riveting page-turner. Marshalling his finely-tuned expertise in American studies, film studies, and twentieth-century history, Thomas Doherty unfolds an epic chronicle of dueling ideologies, complicated celebrity politics, and the unstable boundaries between art, entertainment, and propaganda as World War II drew near. This is cultural analysis at its fascinating best.
(David Sterritt, chairman, National Society of Film Critics)