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In and Out of Hollywood: A Biographers Memoir Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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I also typeset a second book for him called "Legion of the Lost", which was a series of short essays on films Mr. Higham thought were important, but which are largely forgotten today. I don't know if that book will ever see the light of day as we drifted out of contact shortly after I completed the typesetting, and I don't know if it was ever submitted to publishers. He died about a year and a half later.
Mr Higham had also been planning a book on Lizzie Borden, for which I helped with online research. He aborted that project to do "Legion of the Lost", but would undoubtedly have returned to it had he lived longer.
I recommend "In and Out of Hollywood" to anyone curious to know what it may have been like to work with, or around, stars from the old days of Hollywood, as well as what it was like to live back then in general. It's an interesting time-piece, even though the chapters could easily go into greater detail.Read more ›
Some of them, one realizes, are terrific writers-- and Charles Higham was one of them, among the best. You start reading for the "gossip" but soon realize you are more interested in his keen eye and sensitivity to the sea changes in this most mercurial of colonies.
In particular, his sense of how sexuality works inside of Hollywood, versus how it is portrayed to "civilians" is keen indeed.
For those who love inside scoops on celebrities, this is a great book. He really dishes. Reading this was like eating candy.
He had quite a few psychic experiences, too, which I always find fascinating.
But I have to say, towards the end of the book, he lost a little credibility with me. For instance, re: Watergate, he said Nixon had nothing to do with it. It was all Howard Hughes' idea. Uh...I don't think so. And he said, Oswald acted alone and The Mob had nothing to do with it. So Oswald shot from two locations simultaneously. Pul-eese. Even Bobby admitted JFK was assassinated because he went after the mob.
Anyway, I found the book thoroughly entertaining, although a few of the stories I take with a grain of salt.
In and Out of Hollywood addresses the life and career of Mr. Higham. As the title implies, it chronicles Mr. Higham's life as a married man in a heterosexual relationship as well as his life as a gay man. Mr. Higham also discusses his career as a journalist, his varied projects, stories he couldn't use in the course of his research, and many interesting tidbits relating to the celebrities he came to know often on a social basis. And if that weren't enough, this book took many interesting twists and turns regarding odd fortune which resulted in some pretty heady stuff. For example, I was fascinated by Higham's story about the real cause of Bette Davis' 2nd husband's death until I moved on to how Higham was able to connect Errol Flynn to a nazi conspiracy. If the Flynn story wasn't enough, it was amazing how many prominent people covered for Flynn. And speaking of people with nazi sympathies, the information Higham provided about the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor(Wallis Warfield Simpson) crystalized for me the odd stories I had heard over the years.
While I am certain that the more sensational aspects of this book are enough to get people to read it(and yes, it is impossible for me to touch on everything I found interesting), Higham's own story was just as compelling. He approached this project with a lot of personal honesty and heart and he had me hooked from the first page.Read more ›
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It was okay but it sagged in some parts when it stayed on the same subject too long.Published 2 months ago by R. Fravert
this book is boring. He writes well enough, but his material is so clichéd. I could not read it to the end.Published 7 months ago by joe colton
These very interesting stories and anecdotes about Hollywood stars would especially enthrall someone of an age who actually remembers these stars and would love to hear the inside... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Nancy444
In and Out of Hollywood
Book review by: Richard L. Weaver II, Ph.D.
If you are interested in one person's (an insider's) personal reflections on some of the... Read more
Don't buy this book. The author is self-congratulatory, arrogant and it is ultimately a superficial dissappointing read.Published on September 12, 2010 by tonymcgill
Every story in this book is supported by someone who is now dead and supposedly made the author promise not to tell anyone about what they revealed. Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by R. Gold
A well-written, fascinating page-turner from beginning to end. I was only dissapointed to finish this book. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by Jeff Hanna