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"Want to know how business really works in LaLa Land? Read this book"
--Liz Smith, wowOwow.com
"LaPorte's lenghty narrative is the definitive history of the studio, an achievement of dispassionate reporting in the genre of corporate decline-and-fall...Hollywood, with its penchant for sunny publicity and an obsession for secrecy, is a notoriously difficult business in which to uncover the truth...Most reporters are not up to the task. LaPorte is... The Men Who Would Be King will be required reading for anyone interested in the story of DreamWorks."
"A thrilling ride... The bumbling and infighting are just too good, and sad, to resist... We're privy to some serious dirt. LaPorte has clearly done her homework... The sheer scope and depth of The Men Who Would Be King impresses. No hissy fit escapes LaPorte's gaze. Every time Geffen has a meltdown or A-list stars like Russell Crowe throw trantrums, LaPorte is there to capture it."
"Daily Beast contributor and former Variety reporter LaPorte penetrates the mysterious inner workings of DreamWorks. . . . LaPorte marshals an awesome body of research to vividly depict DreamWorks’ confused identity, the personality conflicts and ego clashes that raged behind the company’s friendly, low-key exterior . . . Behind-the-scenes glimpses at the productions of such signature DreamWorks films as American Beauty and Gladiator are wonderfully diverting Hollywood dirt, but the heart of the story is simple human ambition. Stories of Katzenberg’s toxic and litigious relationship with former boss and Disney honcho Michael Eisner, Geffen’s mission to destroy agent Michael Ovitz and the rivalry between DreamWorks Animation and Disney’s Pixar are fascinating for their insights into the ways petty personal issues are expressed in multibillion-dollar transactions. In Hollywood, it seems, business is always personal. A gripping account of money, ambition and the movies . . . same as it ever was."
"Nicole LaPorte has found a big story—this is the great part—that is even bigger than first appears, the story of DreamWorks being the story of modern Hollywood, which is the dream life of the world. She has climbed into the engine room with pen and notebook and been careful to record the details and dirt, then turned all that into music, the result being a gutsy saga filled with larger than life characters and incident. Read this book only if you want to know what makes our country, as Leonard Cohen sang, the cradle of the best and the worst."
—Rich Cohen, author of Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams and Lake Effect
"Power, grandiosity, arrogance, and incomprehensible ego. It’s Hollywood, of course, and Nicole LaPorte’s exhaustive non-fiction narrative of DreamWorks and the bizarre triumvirate of Spielberg, Geffen, and Katzenberg is stunning. The book reads like a novel and the reporting is impeccable. If you pick up one book about Hollywood, make it this one."
—Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and former coproducer of NYPD Blue
"Here is the brilliant, brutal, misguided, narcissistic history of DreamWorks in all its glory, with David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg working unscripted, without handlers or publicists dimming the lights to a rosy glow. Nicole LaPorte has written a lively, cunning studio history that should be required reading for all students of modern Hollywood."
—Mimi Swartz, author of Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron
"This book has all the right elements: deep-dish research, attitude to burn, page-turning readability, and a great subject. It belongs up there with the classics of Hollywood reportage."
—Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood and Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America
"Nicole LaPorte may never be able to eat lunch in Hollywood again, but her potential loss is our gain: The Men Who Would Be King is a riveting and honest portrayal of three of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry. I couldn't put it down and neither will you."
—William Cohan, author of House of Cards
Comprehensively researched and written, the DreamWorks story was exhaustively told. However the author seems to always exist on the periphery, and not nearly close enough on the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jbenny
The only book that chronicles the great DreamWorks venture. It had a good outline and juicy details, but lacked enough solid references-- most sources stay anonymous when a company... Read morePublished 3 months ago by WPA Member
To be honest, show biz isn't something that gets much of my attention. I mean, I'm somewhat of a movie trivia buff. And while an undergrad, I took courses on film production. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Timothy P. Scanlon
I love reading good Hollywood stories as well as the business behind the business. I had this book for over a year and never read. DON'T MAKE THAT MISTAKE! Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. Spell
Terrific reporting on the creation and early years of DreamWorks Studios. I'm a sucker for these behind the curtain scoops on the entertainment industry and wasn't disappointed in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Drake Vaughn
Given the prologue, I expected a completely different book and was happily surprised.
The book gives a very real understanding of three extremely successful men who... Read more
It seemed like Dreamworks had it all: Hollywood's top director, the smartest businessman in town, and the industry's most driven and successful executive. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Timothy Hallinan
This book was at times an interesting read, but hardly riveting. It was predictable in so many ways. Greed, ambition, egos, sexism, racism... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kelli Phillips
This book is amazing. It gives a complete and in-depth look at everything that went into Dreamworks being born and all the crazy twists and turns afterwards.Published 14 months ago by cwbynut