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Indecent Exposure: A True Story of Hollywood and Wall Street (Collins Business Essentials) Paperback – November 7, 2006
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About the Author
David McClintick, an investigative reporter at the Wall Street Journal for eleven years, is an award-winning author and journalist. His other books include Swordfish and Stealing from the Rich. He lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Top Customer Reviews
I don't have access to people at this level, so I appreciate the peeping-Tom aspect of viewing the thought processes and actions of people who normally hide behind lawyers, secretaries, and call-screeners.
The author obviously interviewed many many people to put this book together, and I appreciate how he reported on the media coverage, as well. I never really thought of how people manipulate the news as part of the story, but course it is.
The book is like a newspaper story in that it is filled with information, but the narrative reads like a novel - very easy to read. The author does a good job of developing story-lines, so we have a sense of completeness, and a sense of an overview, while also sprinkling the famous names and the glamour that makes Hollywood so compelling to people.
I've never understood why Hollywood turns out bad movies month after month, year after year, when it is so easy to tell from the beginning that a movie is going to be awful. Why make awful movies?
This book doesn't directly address that issue, but it shows how irresponsible and irrational the leading powers that control Hollywood on both coasts are, and how corrupt the whole system is. It's obvious that normal things like making a good product become irrelevent to their attention span.
I guess it's not really corruption, if everyone knows it's happening, and it's just a way of getting things done.Read more ›
INDECENT EXPOSURE the book is now 32 years old but has gone through several editions and is still read in business schools as an example of how corporate malfeasance can become entrenched throughout a corporate culture. It's well worth reading by the layman, too, because McClintick tells the story cogently, compellingly and well. This especially applies to film buffs and those who are interested in how movies are made. Highly recommended.
Columbia Pictures getting caught forging Cliff Robertson's name
on a check. Robertson had won an Oscar for his role in Charly.
As a result of Begelman getting caught Roberetson would suffer
mightily at the hands of the powerful in Hollywood.Cliff Robertson wound up being blacklisted as a result of this scandal.This scandal would send shockwaves from Hollywood to
Wall Street.You are given a complete coverage of this event in
this excellent book.You are given good coverage of some of the
individuals who were involved in this scandal.David Begelman's demise is also given coverage in this book.This is an excellent book on this event. Read it. You will not be dissapointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
ok, NOT ONE OF MY 50 FAVORITES.
i THINK THE SUBJECT MATTER RATHER THAN THE WRITING.
Repetitious and slow paced. Builds the expectation that the bad guys will lose in the end, and the good guy will win. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Edmund F. Klein
I have always liked Cliff Robertson and the movies he chooses to be in. This non-fiction book met my expectations in every way.Published on June 18, 2013 by Connie Kime
this is the best book i've ever read. amazing primer on the movie business. BUY IT!Published on October 2, 2008 by MarkTwain