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The story of an iconic striver, a classic self-made man in the vein of Jay Gatsby or Augie March, American Dream Machine follows a talent agent and his troubled sons, two generations of Hollywood royalty. Beau Rosenwald — overweight, not particularly handsome, and improbably charismatic — arrives in Los Angeles in 1962 with nothing but an ill-fitting suit and a pair of expensive brogues. By the late 1970s he has helped found the most successful agency in Hollywood. Through the eyes of his son, we watch Beau and his partner go to war, waging a seismic battle that redraws the lines of an entire industry. We watch Beau rise and fall and rise again, in accordance with the cultural transformations that dictate the fickle world of movies. We watch Beau's partner, the enigmatic and cerebral Williams Farquarsen, struggle to control his impulses, and consolidate his power. And we watch two generations of men fumble and thrive across the Los Angeles landscape, learning for themselves the costs exacted by success and failure. Mammalian, funny, and filled with characters both vital and profound, American Dream Machine is a piercing interrogation of the role that illusion plays in all our lives.

About the Author

Matthew Specktor is the author of That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book of film criticism. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, The Believer, Tin House, Black Clock, and other publications. He is a founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and lives in Los Angeles.

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ISBN:
9781935639800
Author:
Specktor, Matthew
Publisher:
Tin House Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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