The X-Rated Emperor

The X-Rated Emperor

Launching Penthouse in 1965 to subsidize his painting, Bob Guccione turned graphic porn, muckraking journalism, and tabloid headlines into one of the greatest success stories in magazine history, the cornerstone of a multi-million-dollar publishing empire. Then it all came tumbling down, thanks to Reagan-era censorship, the Internet, and a series of expensive dreams. Twenty-eight years after...

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The Newman Chronicles

The Newman Chronicles

Paul Newman saw his movie-stardom as a trap and worked to find his way around it—to keep fame from corroding his life. He succeeded beyond measure, as a distinguished actor, award-winning director, dedicated philanthropist, entrepreneur, political activist, racecar driver, and loving husband and father. As rumors swirl about the 83-year-old icon’s health, the author replays critical...

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Mailer’s Movie Madness

Mailer’s Movie Madness

Mailer’s Movie Madness Even before his first visit to Hollywood, as the lionized young author of The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer was obsessed by movies. In 1968, the year he published his Pulitzer-winning book The Armies of the Night, he released two experimental films, Wild 90 and Beyond the Law, and shot a third, Maidstone. He went on to direct the adaptation of his novel Tough Guys...

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