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Surviving James Dean
by William Bast
James Dean students have long
known that the major influence in Dean's life was not Elia Kazan or
Marlon Brando but a brilliant, fey radio director named Rogers Brackett.
Author Bill Bast roomed with Dean at UCLA and knew at firsthand his
friend's Rimbaud-Verlaine relationship with Brackett that the studio
tried to suppress after Dean's death. Bast's vivid portrait of Dean and
Brackett and the gay underground of New York and Hollywood in the early
1950s will be one of the most talked about books of the year. Only
$19.95 (a savings off the pub. list price of $24.95) Barricade Books,
hardback, illus., 304 p.
James Dean: At Speed
b y Lee Raskin
Lee Raskin is an attorney, Dean
scholar, and renowned Porsche historian. He has collected photographs
and other rare Dean items for many years, and the result is this richly
illustrated book on James Dean: actor, person, sports car racer.
Available from AL at $27.00 (a savings off the $29.95 pub. list price). Please
add $5.00 for handling and postage. David Bull Publishing, hardback,
illus., 144 p. Perfect for reading and the coffee table.
The Life and Times of Lepke Buchalter
b y Paul R. Kavieff
As the head of Murder, Inc. Louis
"Lepke" Buchalter oversaw a stable of cold and methodical killers
handpicked off the streets of New York: Allie Tannenbaum, Mendy Weiss,
and the deadliest of all, Albert Anastasia. They carried out mob hits
until Lepke was tricked into surrendering to the Feds in 1939 and then
turncoat Tannenbaum put his former boss in the chair with his testimony
at Lepke's spectacular murder trial. Paul R. Kavieff has re-created the
life and times of the hired killer whose business philosophy was
chillingly simple: "No witnesses, no indictments." Only $19.00 (a
savings off the pub. list price of $22.00) Barricade Books, hardback,
illus., 246 p.
The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents
b y William A. DeGregorio
Author William A. DeGregorio has
written a 300,000 word one volume encyclopedia with an entry on every
president from George to George. This revised and updated edition is
full of engrossing, entertaining, and sometimes titillating facts about
every denizen of the White House. Chosen by the American Library
Association as an "Outstanding Reference Source." Only $14.95 (a savings
off the $21.00 pub. list price) Barricade Books, trade paper, illus., 830
Roosevelt and the Holocaust
by Robert L. Beir with Brian
Robert L. Beir and Brian Josepher
have unearthed new information regarding the shocking indifference of
the Roosevelt Administration--and many other public figures--to the
suffering of the Jews of Europe. Thomas Watson of IBM sold early
computers to Germany which were used to identify Jews and other
minorities for persecution. In 1939, President Roosevelt refused to
allow a ship of German-Jewish refuges to dock and many later perished in
concentration camps. These and other haunting facts are brought to light
in this new study of one of history's greatest crimes. Only $21.95 (a
savings off the pub. list price of $26.95) Barricade Books, hardback,
illus., 324 p.
Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and
Current Kings of Las Vegas
by John L. Smith
What happens in Vegas, stays in
Vegas. Well, not always. Nevada journalist John L. Smith has written the
hidden history of the bookmakers (John Exber), buccaneers (Howard
(Johnny Rosselli), tycoons (Steve Wynn), and other assorted characters
(Mayor Oscar Goodman) and cutthroats who built the gaudy castles and
gambling palaces of the Desert Kingdom. An American Legends SuperStore
Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland
by Gerald Clarke
Get Happy is
the ironically titled biography of the sad lady who sang those sad songs
( The Man That Got Away, You Made Me Love You) and whose
battles with drugs and alcohol followed her through life. Only $15.00 (a
50% savings off the $29.95 pub. list price) Random House, hardback, illus., 510 p.
The Uncommon Friendship of Yaltah Menuhin & Willa Cather
The Menuhin family
children were musical prodigies. Willa Cather was a worldly novelist who
instructed them in the wise ways of the world during their days in Paris
and New York. Lionel Rolfe, a member of the Menuhin family, writes about
that uncommon friendship. American Legends is proud to present this
original publication in our series of American biographies. Only $10.00
(a $4.95 savings off the $14.95 pub. list price) American Legends Publishing,
trade paper, illus., 168 p.
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Women of the Beat Generation
Edited by Brenda Knight
A beautifully designed anthology that includes a moving memoir
of Elise Cowen, Ginsberg's lover at Columbia, rare memoirs by Edie
Kerouac, Jack's first wife, and Joan Burroughs who lived with Bill
Burroughs in New York and Mexico. Indispensable reading for any student
of the Beat movement. Only $14.95 (a savings off the $16.95 pub. list
price) Conari Press, trade paper, illus., 366 p.
Los Angeles has a rich, varied, and--neglected--literary history.
The city has been home to Thomas Mann, Aldous Huxley, Malcolm Lowry, Upton
Sinclair, and Mr. Charles Bukowski. Lionel Rolfe's lively portrait
captures the flavor of life among the city's literary colony. Only $10.00
(a $4.95 savings off pub. list price) California Classics Books, trade
paper, illus., 223 p.
b y John L. Smith
A sizzling, unauthorized biography of Steve Wynn, the casino
king, who built a new empire in the desert with junk bonds and
deal making and changed Las Vegas forever. Only $14.40.
(a $9.60 savings off pub. list price) Barricade Books,
hardback, illus., 352 p.
James Dean Story
b y Ron Martinetti
"Fans, film historians, and even other biographers owe
a lot to Martinetti's ground-breaking book... Martinetti's
sources are the best--Dean's friends during
his lean New York years, those who knew
Dean socially in Hollywood, and those who
worked with him...Martinetti was, by the way,
the first to address the issue of Dean's complex
Only $14.00 (a $4.95 savings off $18.95 pub. list price) Birch Lane
Press, hardback, illus., 190p.
Amazon.com review (Five
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(The Filming of Night of the Hunter)
Heaven & Hell to Play With
by Preston Neal Jones
The production of The Night of the Hunter (1955) was an amazing
cross-pollination of the arts that will probably never be duplicated.
The film's producer, Paul Gregory, had a brilliant career as a Broadway
producer--but this was his first film. Critic James Agee (1909-1955), a
legendary reviewer for Time and The Nation, wrote the
first draft of the screenplay that was then polished by Charles Laughton
(1899-1962), who also directed the movie. This brilliant narrative study
is based upon years of research and interviews with the film's
principals (Paul Gregory, Robert Mitchum, Davis Grubb who wrote the
novel) and is already a classic that is used in film schools. Only
$16.00 (A savings off pub. $18.95 list price) Limelight Editions, trade
paper, illus., 398 p.
Surviving Mae West
by Priscilla Rodd
The legendary Mae West loved to shock them-- and was one of the best.
Priscilla Rodd is a worthy heiress apparent. Her wicked first novel
tells a sad (and sometimes funny) tale of a young lady from a good
background who finds herself working as a hooker in New York City. Only
$14.00 (a $2.50 savings off pub. list price) Vandalia Press, trade
paper, fiction, 207 p.