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Book Review: Two New Books on Hollywood Scandals

Title:  Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood Author: William J. Mann Hardcover:  480 pages Publisher:  Harper (October 14, 2014) Language:  English How Acquired:  Edelweiss What it's About:   The Day of the Locust meets The Devil in the White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this juicy, untold Hollywood story: an addictive true tale of ambition, scandal, intrigue, murder, and the creation of the modern film industry.  By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America’s new favorite pastime, and one of the nation’s largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence. Yet Hollywood’s glittering ascendency was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies—including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now. My thoughts:   I've been obsessed with the murder of Willia