Scarface Nation

The Ultimate Gangster Movie and How It Changed America

Ken Tucker

St. Martin's Griffin

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“Don’t get high on your own supply.”

Brian de Palma’s brash, bloody version of Scarface was trashed by critics when it came out twenty-five years ago and didn’t do well at the box office, but has become a spectacular fan favorite and enduring pop culture classic since.

“Never underestimate the greed of the other guy.”

What makes millions of people obsess over this movie? Why has Al Pacino’s Tony Montana become the drug kingpin whose pugnacity and philosophy are revered in boardrooms and bedrooms across America? Who were the people that made the movie, influencing hip-hop style and swagger to this day?

“The world is yours.”

Scarface Nation is Ken Tucker’s homage to all things Scarface—from the stars that acted in it to the influence it’s had on all of us, from facts, figures and stories about the making of the movie to a witty and comprehensive look at Scarface’s traces in today’s pop and political culture.

“Say hello to my li'l fren!”

You know you love the line. You know you’ve seen the movie more than once. Now dive into the ultimate book of Scarface—mounded as high as the pile of cocaine on Tony’s desk with delicious details and stimulating observations.

“You know what capitalism is? F--- you!”

 

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Scarface Nation
PART I1Scarface Lives Among UsMAJOR IMMIGRANT SMUGGLING RING IS BROKEN IN PHOENIX, POLICE SAYThe New York Times February 15, 2008 By Randal C. ArchiboldPHOENIX--In a case highlighting this city's prominent role in the smuggling of illegal immigrants across the border, the authorities conducted a series of raids on Thursday, arresting what they said were the leaders of a ring that helped transport hundreds of people to way stations in Phoenix ... .The authorities made 20 arrests, including those of two Cubans accused of directing the operation .

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"There's nothing scarier in the world then a televison critic who gets it. Ken Tucker is my worst nightmare. An intelligent, sharply critical voice of reason in a world of shark jumping."
- Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of "Gilmore Girls"
 
"Ken Tucker writes with such passion, wit and expertise, that 99.9% of the time, he's far more entertaining than television itself."- J.J. Abrams, creator-producer of "Lost," "Alias," and "Felicity"

“Like a charming after-dinner companion, [Tucker] engages readers with a voice that’s both literate and casual, [raising] the level of TV discourse without intimidation...”- Publishers Weekly
 

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Why "Scarface" is f-ing great - Books - Salon.com
De Palma's '80s cult classic is trash, many scoff. But the lowdown, seedy movie with Al Pacino as a Cuban thug influenced pop culture from gangsta rap to "Miami Vice."
- Salon


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About the Author

Ken Tucker

KEN TUCKER is Editor-at-Large for Entertainment Weekly and the magazine’s TV critic.  He has won two National Magazine Awards, two ASCAP Deems Taylor music awards, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.  He is also a regular weekly interviewer for NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross.” He lives in Pennsylvania.

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Scarface Nation
The Ultimate Gangster Movie and How It Changed America
Ken Tucker

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312330590
ISBN10: 0312330596
7 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes 30 b&w photos throughout plus one 16-page color photo insert
$16.95

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429993296
ISBN10: 1429993294
288 pages, Includes 30 black-and-white photographs throughout plus one 16-page color photo insert
$7.99
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