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Publisher Comments:

The setting . . .
Washington, Hollywood, and the landscape of the American Republic.

The writer . . .
Joe Eszterhas, ex-Rolling Stone reporter, National Book Award nominee for Charlie Simpson's Apocalypse, and screenwriter of such blockbusters as Basic Instinct and Jagged Edge.

The stars . . .
Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Al Gore, John McCain, Ken Starr, and Monica Lewinsky.

The supporting players . . .
Warren Beatty, James Carville, Sharon Stone, Larry Flynt, Vernon Jordan, Linda Tripp, Matt Drudge, and Bob Packwood (with cameos by Richard Nixon and Farrah Fawcett, Eleanor Roosevelt and David Geffen, Robert Evans and Richard Gere).

The story . . .
The most basic, and basest, in many years — an up-close and personal look at the people who run our world. A tale filled with humor, tragedy and romance; suspense, absurdity and high drama; and, of course, lots and lots of sex.

In American Rhapsody, Eszterhas combines comprehensive research with insight, honesty, and astute observation to reveal ultimate truths. This is a book that flouts virtually every rule, yet joins a rich journalistic tradition distinguished by such writers as Norman Mailer and Tom Wolfe.

A brilliant, unnerving, hugely entertaining look at our political culture, our heroes and villains, American Rhapsody will delight some and outrage others, but it will not be ignored. What Joe Eszterhas has produced is a penetrating and devastating panorama of all of us, a fun-house mirror held up to our own morals, hypocrisies and desires.

Book News Annotation:

A rather lurid m<'e>lange of fiction, personal memoir, and "new" journalism by Hollywood screenwriter Eszterhas (of Basic Instinct and Showgirls fame). The book loosely circles around President Clinton's sex scandals, travelling around to profiles of Larry Flynt, Vernon Jordan, Arianna Huffington, Sharon Stone, Matt Drudge, Bob Packwood, Warren Beatty, and, of course, Hillary Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Joe Eszterhas was born in Hungary, spent his first six years in Austrian refugee camps, and came to the United States in 1950. He lives in Point Dume, California, with his wife Naomi and their three children. He has two grown children from his first marriage.

He has been awarded the Emanuel Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award for work dedicated to the memory of the holocaust in Hungary. He has also won awards for attending every one of his son's Little League games and for writing Showgirls (the Hollywood Women's Press Association's Sour Apple Award).

Product Details

Eszterhas, Joe
Alfred A. Knopf
New York :
United states
U.S. Government
Topic - Political
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Political corruption
Political culture
National characteristics, american
Government - U.S. Government
Political Process - Leadership
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 716
Publication Date:
xiii, 432 p.
9.57x6.63x1.52 in. 1.87 lbs.

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