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The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book (3rd edition) Paperback – June, 2002


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The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book is the joyously affirmative answer to the question "Is there an alternative to the prepackaged bus tour of Tinseltown?" William Gordon's guide delivers all the juicy scandal you've come for, but at your pace, at your discretion, and without crackly speakers blasting in your ear. You want to see former homes of Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, or Elvis Presley, current homes of Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan, or Hugh Hefner, and the site of the Charles Manson cult murders? Gordon helps you conduct your own exploration, and supplies invaluable tidbits of information, such as how Jayne Mansfield came to receive $50,000 worth of free merchandise to decorate her Pink Palace. Gordon covers 32 neighborhoods, providing a practical tour guide as well as a fun gift for the star-struck and Hollywood-bound. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is a terrific book, with maps and information that you really would find nowhere else. -- Paul Wallach, syndicated broadcaster

This guide spotlights the hidden dirt that standard star tours never uncover. -- New York Daily News

This guide spotlights the hidden dirt that standard star tours never uncover. -- New York Daily News

We would rate this "Hollywood Tour Book" Number 1+ of all the tourist guides that have been written on Hollywood. -- John Austin, Hollywood Inside Syndicate

We would rate this book as Number 1+ of all the tourist guides that have been published on Hollywood. -- Hollywood Inside Syndicate
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: North Ridge Books; 3 edition (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937813079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937813072
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,463,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cshimonek@hotmail.com on August 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read the book AFTER returning from LA--put me through the best and worst of 2 worlds. One of estasy (I remember that place, it was cool) to one of envy (I wish I had seen that). Please pick this book up before you leave, and plan your trip according to the sites listed. After taking one of the traditional tour vans around the city, it seems the driver must have used this book as a guide as I remember some of the houses matching up with what the author talked about. On the flip side, I would have preferred more pictures and more detailed information on hollywood grave sites, but maybe that's fodder for its own book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brad Baker VINE VOICE on April 11, 2003
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There must be 50 Hollywood homes books on the market. If you visit Beverly Hills, a tour-bus or map salesman will gladly take your money. But W. Gordon's remarkably accurate and truthful guide will spell out where the buses point out homes where movie stars never lived. Gordon provides detailed directions and maps to the sites you want to see. And loads of "goodies" and information. He shows you how to get to Arnold's palatial block of homes in Brentwood, and warns that driving there is a $ 500 fine and possible jail time! Wow! He also gives directions to Rudolph Valentino's original 1920's mansion(and much, much more). Forget the B.S. Here it is. When I e-mailed him for an up-date, he gladly provided it for free(see the book). Why waste time driving around freeways?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brendon Macaraeg on May 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I took an exploratory job trip for two weeks in L.A., I had a copy of the previous edition of "The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book" and found a lot of cool stuff using this book. (I drove by O.J. Simpson's home -- which he has since sold -- as well as the former homes of Joan Crawford and Shirley Temple in Brentwood).
Since I drove down from San Francisco I stopped in Malibu and drove through some of the exclusive star neighborhoods mentioned in here (that was the first time I'd ever seen a street sign marked "Private") and I saw someone who looked suspiciously like Pierce Brosnan riding his bike and he waved! Surreal!
The maps were black and white, but still good enough to get me where I wanted to go; used in conjunction with a regular street map, you won't go wrong. As far as I know, there's no other guide book to L.A./Hollywood like this. So if you don't want to feel like a tourist and see all the regular stuff PLUS stuff no one will tell you about GET THIS BOOK!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a not so typical tour guide which provides its reader with a lot of bang for his/her buck. It provides information which is fairly accurate regarding the living (who tend to move quite a bit). The listings provided for death scenes are very accurate (assuming you only die once). Ditto for burial sites (assuming that remains stay put in one place.....unfortunately, that isn't always true as I seem to always be finding out). What is really impressive about the many editions of this book that have been published to date is that the author constantly updates the information in the book, so that it is as accurate as it can be given the odd and fluctuating state of celebrity mindsets (and fortunes).
So if you are willing to assume that some of the information may become outdated, you will probably enjoy this book quite a bit.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
William Gordon certainly has done his homework. Whats great about his book, is that it gives the average person access to these hot spots in Los Angeles, by giving directions to the Aaron Spelling house and David Geffen's house. For those coming to Los Angeles, I would recommend buying this book, rather than buying one of those "Maps to the Stars Homes". Those have not been updated in years, Gordon Updates his book twice a year. I have met William Gordon and had lunch with him, what a great guy. He is even open to suggestion, if you know of something he has left out of the book, drop him a line. You could tour everything in that book in a day!
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