Or why Linda Hunt’s brilliant work in Maverick didn’t make the final cut, William Goldman gives you the straight truth.
Devastatingly eye-opening and endlessly entertaining, Which Lie Did I Tell? is indispensable reading for anyone even slightly intrigued by the process of how a movie gets made.
If you want to know why a no-name like Kathy Bates was cast in Misery, it’s in here.
Why Clint Eastwood loves working with Gene Hackman and how MTV has changed movies for the worse,William Goldman, one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood today, tells all he knows.
From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of All the President’s Men, The Princess Bride, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, here is essential reading for both the aspiring screenwriter and anyone who loves going to the movies.
The Oxford History of the United States is the most respected multivolume history of the American nation.
At the end of the Civil War the leaders and citizens of the victorious North envisioned the country’s future as a free-labor republic, with a homogenous citizenry, both black and white.
Thirty years later Americans occupied an unimagined world.
The country was larger, richer, and more extensive, but also more diverse.
The “dangerous” classes of the very rich and poor expanded, and deep differences — ethnic, racial, religious, economic, and political — divided society.
These challenges also brought vigorous efforts to secure economic, moral, and cultural reforms.
Americans, mining their own traditions and borrowing ideas, produced creative possibilities for overcoming the crises that threatened their country.
The South and West were to be reconstructed in the image of the North.
The unity that the Civil War supposedly secured had proved ephemeral.
Life spans were shorter, and physical well-being had diminished, due to disease and hazardous working conditions.
The country was Catholic and Jewish as well as Protestant, and increasingly urban and industrial.
The corruption that gave the Gilded Age its name was pervasive.
Real change — technological, cultural, and political — proliferated from below more than emerging from political leadership.
In the newest volume in the series, The Republic for Which It Stands, acclaimed historian Richard White offers a fresh and integrated interpretation of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age as the seedbed of modern America.
In a work as dramatic and colorful as the era it covers, White narrates the conflicts and paradoxes of these decades of disorienting change and mounting unrest, out of which emerged a modern nation whose characteristics resonate with the present day.