From School Library Journal
Is it possible that a kitsch-infused, over-the-top gangster flick that at the time of its release 25 years ago was considered a piece of unmitigated dreck is in fact an iconic cultural linchpin? According to Pulitzer Prize-nominated critic and Entertainment Weekly
editor-at-large Tucker, it is, and he may be right. The confluence of director Brian de Palma, screenwriter Oliver Stone, and star Al Pacino yielded the perfect 1980s Sturm und Drang of gangster ethos and has been incessantly imitated in all facets of contemporary pop culture. Tucker's text is divided into two main sections. The first explores the film's inception and development and the personalities involved. The second half details historical and cinematic antecedents, pop culture manifestations, and significance. Replete with interesting interviews, insider anecdotes, and trenchant critical commentaries, Tucker's book is recommended for all cinema and popular culture collections.—Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX
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"There's nothing scarier in the world then a televison critic who gets it. Ken Tucker is my worst nightmare. An intelligent, sharply critical voice of reason in a world of shark jumping."
- Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of "Gilmore Girls"
"Ken Tucker writes with such passion, wit and expertise, that 99.9% of the time, he's far more entertaining than television itself."- J.J. Abrams, creator-producer of "Lost," "Alias," and "Felicity"
“Like a charming after-dinner companion, [Tucker] engages readers with a voice that’s both literate and casual, [raising] the level of TV discourse without intimidation...”- Publishers Weekly