0
Your cart

Your cart is empty

Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts > Films, cinema > Individual film directors, film-makers

Buy Now

The Notorious Ben Hecht - Iconoclastic Writer and Militant Zionist (Paperback) Loot Price: R468
Discovery Miles 4 680
You Save: R131 (22%)
The Notorious Ben Hecht - Iconoclastic Writer and Militant Zionist (Paperback): Julien Gorbach

Share your images

The Notorious Ben Hecht - Iconoclastic Writer and Militant Zionist (Paperback)

Julien Gorbach

 (sign in to rate)
List price R599 Loot Price R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 You Save R131 (22%)

Bookmark and Share

Expected to ship within 7 - 11 working days

Ben Hecht had seen his share of death-row psychopaths, crooked ward bosses, and Capone gun thugs by the time he had come of age as a crime reporter in gangland Chicago. His grim experience with what he called "the soul of man" gave him a kind of uncanny foresight a decade later, when a loose cannon named Adolf Hitler began to rise to power in central Europe. In 1932, Hechtsolidified his legend as ""the Shakespeare of Hollywood"" with his thriller Scarface, the Howard Hughes epic considered the gangster movie to end all gangster movies. But Hecht rebelled against his Jewish bosses at the movie studios when they refused to make films about the Nazi menace. Leveraging his talents and celebrity connections to orchestrate a spectacular one-man publicity campaign, he mobilized pressure on the Roosevelt administration for an Allied plan to rescue Europe's Jews. Then after the war, Hecht became notorious, embracing the labels "gangster" and "terrorist" in partnering with the mobster Mickey Cohen to smuggle weapons to Palestine in the fight for a Jewish state. The Notorious Ben Hecht: Iconoclastic Writer and Militant Zionist is a biography of a great twentieth century writer that treats his activism during the 1940s as the central drama of his life. It details the story of how Hecht earned admiration as a humanitarian and vilification as an extremist at this pivotal moment in history, about the origins of his beliefs in his varied experiences in American media, and about the consequences. Who else but Hecht could have drawn the admiration of Ezra Pound, clowned around with Harpo Marx, written Notorious! and Spellbound with Alfred Hitchcock, launched Marlon Brando's career, ghosted Marilyn Monroe's memoirs, hosted Jack Kerouac and Salvador Dali on his television talk show, and plotted revolt with Menachem Begin? Any lover of modern history who follows this journey through the worlds of gangsters, reporters, Jazz Age artists, Hollywood stars, movie moguls, political radicals, and guerrilla fighters will never look at the twentieth century in the same way again.

General

Imprint: Purdue University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2019
Authors: Julien Gorbach
Dimensions: 229 x 152mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 403
ISBN-13: 978-1-55753-865-9
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography
Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts > Films, cinema
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Film, television, music, theatre
Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts > Films, cinema > Individual film directors, film-makers
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > From 1900
Books > Biography > Film, television, music, theatre
Promotions
LSN: 1-55753-865-4
Barcode: 9781557538659

Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate? Let us know about it.

Does this product have an incorrect or missing image? Send us a new image.

Is this product missing categories? Add more categories.

Review This Product

No reviews yet - be the first to create one!

Partners