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The Best Books about Hollywood & the Entertainment Industry!

E. Lacey
The list author says: "This list focuses more on the contemporary film industry, as opposed to biographies of Old Hollywood stars and histories of the early eras of film production."
Hit and Run
Hit and Run
"Everyone in the business has read this and shuddered. So will you."
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
"Want to write? Make this your Bible. I'm serious."
Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting
Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting
"Interesting and inspiring tales from one of the great screenwriters of our time."
Its All Your Fault: How To Make It As A Hollywood Assistant
Its All Your Fault: How To Make It As A Hollywood Assistant
"Funny but very practical advice for getting into the business."
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
"Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, Biskind recounts some essential Hollywood history."
High Concept
High Concept
"The ultimate cautionary tale."
Hello, He Lied -- and Other Tales from the Hollywood Trenches
Hello, He Lied -- and Other Tales from the Hollywood Trenches
"Lynda Obst writes about her career."
Spike, Mike, Slackers, & Dykes: A Guided Tour Across a Decade of American Independent Cinema
Spike, Mike, Slackers, & Dykes: A Guided Tour Across a Decade of American Independent Cinema
"A great history of indie film."
Shoot Out: Surviving the Fame and (Mis) Fortune of Hollywood
Shoot Out: Surviving the Fame and (Mis) Fortune of Hollywood
"Lessons from two guys who've been there."
The Writer Got Screwed (But Didn't Have To): A Guide to the Legal and Business Practices of Writing for the Entertainment Industry
The Writer Got Screwed (But Didn't Have To): A Guide to the Legal and Business Practices of Writing for the Entertainment Industry
"Want to write? Read this."
Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film
Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film
"Great history of the origins of Miramax."
You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again
You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again
"It's too dated to be useful at this point, but it's still a classic read."
The Kid Stays in the Picture
The Kid Stays in the Picture
"Another oldie but goodie."
The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook (All New American Edition)
The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook (All New American Edition)
"A great handbook for independent filmmakers."
The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale
The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale
"A look at the making of "The Lady in the Water," studio politics and creative hubris."
The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood
The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood
"A portrait of one of the great Hollywood moguls."
The Devil's Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco
The Devil's Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco
"A fascinating look at the making of Brian De Palma's "The Bonfire of the Vanities.""
Nobody's Perfect: Writings from The New Yorker
Nobody's Perfect: Writings from The New Yorker
"Some memorable film reviews from one of the best critics of our time.  If you'd like to be a critic, read this book."
Goldwyn: A Biography
Goldwyn: A Biography
"Okay, this one is a biography set in Hollywood's early days, definitely not about contemporary Hollywood, but it's a really magnificent tale and worth reading."
Hollywood Creative Directory, 51st Edition
Hollywood Creative Directory, 51st Edition
"Get the current issue and memorize it. These are the people you need to know."
Hollywood Agents and Managers Directory (Hollywood Representation Directory)
Hollywood Agents and Managers Directory (Hollywood Representation Directory)
"If you're looking for an agent, want to be an agent, are wondering if that agent who called you is for real.... this is the guide."