Sunday, December 11, 2011

Five best books on politics & the movie industry

An eminent historian of film, Steven J. Ross is recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Films Scholars Award and author of the prize-winning book, Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America.

His new book is Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics.

At the Wall Street Journal, Ross named a list of the five best books about politics and the movie industry. One title on the list:
The People's Machine
by Joe Mathews (2006)

Arnold Schwarzenegger had a simple but profound insight before he ran for governor of California: Planning a campaign was like planning a movie—both needed a compelling storyline to succeed. Joe Mathews's engrossing book examines the process by which Schwarzenegger transformed himself from blockbuster action hero into the state's chief executive. We learn how the explosion of 24/7 entertainment media paved the way for a new era of celebrity politics—one in which a movie star could be elected to high office without the benefit of an established party network or a precise ideological message. By placing entertainment at the center of his campaign, Schwarzenegger discovered new ways of mobilizing voters tired of "politics as usual." His Hollywood-influenced campaign offers important insights into how politicians might reach the 50% of the eligible electorate who never vote in presidential contests, let alone gubernatorial or local races.
Read about the other books on the list.

The Page 99 Test: Steven J. Ross's Hollywood Left and Right.

--Marshal Zeringue