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Hollywood Undercover: Revealing the Sordid Secrets of Tinseltown Hardcover – January 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845962664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845962661
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"This star-studded foray into the Hollywood scene is certainly entertaining and at times scandalous" The Herald "Filled with revelations about Tom Cruise et al, this is a rollicking good read" Irish Tatler --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ian Halperin is a bestselling author and journalist who specializes in undercover investigations of the pop-culture world. His books include Bad and Beautiful: Inside the Dazzling and Deadly World of Supermodels, Best Ceos: How the Wild, Wild Web Was Won, and Who Killed Kurt Cobain?  

More About the Author

Ian Halperin is also a former winner of the Rolling Stone magazine Award for Investigative Journalism. He is the author or coauthor of five books, including the bestsellers Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Story, and Celine Dion: Behind the Fairytale, as well as a number of exposes on the modeling industry. He coauthored Who Killed Kurt Cobain? with Max Wallace. Ian is a regular correspondent for Court TV and has contributed to 60 Minutes 2.

Customer Reviews

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I was counting on reading names, not anonymous sources!
Kathy
The reason I gave the book 4 stars was because he chooses not to out the actors...I wish he'd name drop.
Mermaid
I hate to be mean, but this is one book that you shouldn't waste your time on.
Shelley Shelley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Shelley on June 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was expecting a great, juicy exposé of insider news and gossip in this book and was sorely disappointed. Mr. Halperin's writing style is weak, he never mentions names when disclosing supposedly sordid secrets, and his facts are often inaccurate. In one section, he mentions how Debbie Reynolds stole Eddie Fisher away from Elizabeth Taylor, when quite the opposite is true. The information that is in this book is basically what one can read in any People magazine--and People has far better photos. The photos in this book are amateurish and feature the author in his ridiculous sequined coat and bow-tie. I hate to be mean, but this is one book that you shouldn't waste your time on. I bought it because of the two positive reviews--I was misinformed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Filmfan on February 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
As someone else called it, the book is an aimless mishmash. Interesting
at the start, but it becomes so light and silly towards the end of the book,
with the author writing about himself and his
presenting himself as "His Highness from Israel," and other nonsense, that I decided it's a waste of time,
and tossed it. Read the other one-star
reviews - I agree with them.
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By Dodie Baldwin on October 17, 2012
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This doesnt tell you anything you dont already know or can figure out. Although Ian Halperin may have some insider information, I hate his column Ian Undercover. He has these stupid clues that people spend hours on and still hasnt told you anything. he doesnt even acknowledge his fans on his blog. So the book sucked, and his column sucks in my opinion. Dont waste your money. Item shipped in good condition and fast. But other than that not a good read at all. I rated a one in regards to the book. From the seller it was excellent.
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By Kathy on June 4, 2012
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I was counting on reading names, not anonymous sources! What's the point of a good gossip book about Hollywood without naming names? There were a few names in there but no one I really cared reading about. It's just heresay, or something someone made up if you don't name the stars you are writing about. I wish I wouldn't have gotten this. The title is misleading. I only gave it one star because the shipping was fast and I got it timely.
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