HOLLYWOOD LEFT AND RIGHT
How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics

STEVEN J ROSS
512pp 80 HALFTONES 2012 LIST PRICE: £19.99 S352

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Ever since the film industry relocated to Hollywood early in the twentieth century, it has had an outsized influence on American politics. Through a series of chapters on central figures in cinema – Charlie Chaplin, Louis Mayer, Edward G Robinson, Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty and Arnold Schwarzenegger – Ross traces the intersection of Hollywood and political activism and challenges the notion that Tinseltown is a bastion of liberalism. While the Left and the Right gained ascendancy at different times, the Hollywood Left was usually more vocal and visible but the Right achieved most.

. . . entertaining, intelligent and well-balanced book. SUNDAY TIMES