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From Cowboy to Mogul to Monster: The Neverending Story of Film Pioneer Mark Damon Hardcover – May 7, 2008

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Linda Schreyer, who worked with Mark Damon for five years on From Cowboy to Mogul to Monster, is an Award-winning television and screen writer and editor. She wrote numerous episodes for General Hospital, the Bold and the Beautiful and other daytime television series. She co-wrote television movies, an original screenplay for Disney Productions and is currently creating the book and music for a theatrical musical. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles. This is her first biography. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434377369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434377364
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,720,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Gabriel on August 13, 2008
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Mark Damon's excellent biography is a testament to determination and talent. Damon's amazing resilience to overcoming defeat and achieving success shines through again and again. The book resonates with the truth of a man who has looked at himself, warts and all, and has put it all out there for the reader. Having broken new ground in developing a new way of marketing motion pictures thoughout the world he has assured himself an important place in the history of the movie business. His book is a must read, not only for show business people, but as an inspirational statement about "picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and starting all over again." Mark Damon's multi faceted career, from a star of "spaghetti westerns" to a producer of major motion picures, with many acomplishments along the way, makes for a facinating read. I recommend the book without reservation.
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I couldn't put it down. A real Hollywood page-turner. Very well written bio that flips back and forth between the childhood genius puzzle inventor and early age money maker to the high flying Hollywood film distributor/producer. Fast paced and inspiring, the book took me to Hollywood, via Chicago, Italy, and Cannes. I loved reading about this man who not only brought us some very important movies, like Das Boot, and Monster, but was also at the top of his game in at least three career areas, most wouldn't even attempt. I strongly suggest you try it--a great summer, or anytime read.
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Fascinating and very entertaining autobiography on film star and movie mogul Mark Damon detailing his travails in the film industry from America to Italy and back again. The chronology of the book is all over the place but generous stories (stories that are both captivating and sometimes shockingly humorous) on his work in the Italian film industry where he made a number of westerns and horror pictures sit alongside equally interesting details of working on both in front of, and behind the scenes on some of the biggest hits of American cinema.
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From Cowboy to Mogul to Monster is a well written, outstanding autobiography. It's a true "American Success" story which mostly covers the last half of the twentieth century. Mark Damon has led a remarkable life which most people would envy. He truly invented the international film sales business. The story of his life is entertaining reading and the book will grab your attention and not let go. I would highly recommend it to anyone with any interest in the entertainment business (particularly film). A must read!.
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Mark Damon's story gives hope and strength to a young generation that finds itself having to contemplate new directions in these economic ties. His story teaches us that through hardwork, out of the box thinking and dedication that we can reach success. A great story with wonderful insight to Mark's youth. Highly recommended.
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What a book and what a story. OMG, the enormous amount of work Linda Schreyer put into this is most apparent, but the beauty of the book is that her writing style, her story telling ability, and her analysis of character lifts the life story of Mark Damon above that of a mundane "tell it all." He was as wise in having her tell his story as he was in so many other decisions in his life. Schreyer is an Award-winning TV and screenwriter.

Though I'm not fully qualified to critique biography, I do have book
reviewing experiences, having written a business book review column for several years, and what I look for when reviewing is how well the various dances work together in any piece: the dances of content and language, topic and author, and abstractness and concreteness. This book effectively captured my attention in each of these dances. I loved being at the dance.

I very much liked how Linda Schreyer didn't force the story into tight chronology but rather she told of the passage, the evolving, of Alan Harris, to Al Harris, to Mark Damon through anecdotally rich experiences in various cities, roles, businesses, successes, failures, risk takings, and foresights. It's a great read for anyone interested in the movie industry and should be required reading in film, acting, and film marketing classes.

It would be fun to teach this book both as a genre piece, and even as a business and marketing piece. I'm going to pass it along to my grandson, a sophomore in college majoring in business with a
focus on economics and marketing. He and I often enjoy having discussions, so this could be fun for both of us.
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