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Citizen Hollywood

How the Collaboration between LA and DC Revolutionized American Politics

Timothy Stanley

Thomas Dunne Books

To most Americans, Hollywood activism consists of self-obsessed movie stars promoting their pet causes, whether defending marijuana legalization or Second Amendment rights. There’s some truth in that stereotype, and in this book you'll find the close personal friends of Fidel Castro, the wannabe cowboys, and the ever-ubiquitous Barbra Streisand. But Citizen Hollywood makes a far more serious case--that Hollywood's influence in Washington runs deeper and affects the country's government more than most of us imagine.

Celebrity activism exerts a subtle power over the American political process, and that pressure is nothing new. Through money, networking, and image making, the movie industry has shaped the way that politics works for nearly a century. It has helped to forge a culture that is obsessed with celebrity and spectacle.

In return, politicians have become part of the fabric of Hollywood society and cater to the wishes of their new-found friends and fund-raisers.

Using original archival research and exclusive interviews with stars, directors, producers, and politicians from both parties, Timothy Stanley's Citizen Hollywood shows that the only way to understand the image-obsessed, volatile politics of modern America is to understand the hidden history of Hollywood's influence on Washington.

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
How Hollywood Helped Reelect Obama
Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign was a perfect example of how Hollywood can promote, finance, and even define a modern political candidate.
After the battle of 2012 had been lost and won, the journalist Michael Scherer wrote a piece for Time magazine that lifted the lid on the president’s fund-raising strategy. Team Obama credited part of their success to Hollywood. Scherer wrote:
In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who powered Barack Obama’s campaign to victory noticed that
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"Citizen Hollywood is a very good read and digs quite deep, with sharp cultural and political analysis and relevant interviews. Stanley provides texture and depth on the nexus of Hollywood entertainment and Washington politics, both conservative and liberal, and offers a sobering critique of the president as 'leading man.'" —Brian Neve, author of Film and Politics in America

"Tempered by a soupçon of cynicism and delivered with more than a dollop of snark, Stanley’s inquiry reveals both how our politicians have become carefully packaged products and the depth of Hollywood’s impact upon democracy." —Booklist

"Smart and far-ranging.... Stanley's book is witty and entertaining, and does a thorough job of illustrating the ways in which Hollywood works Washington, the ways Washington works Hollywood, and the ways both are subject to the surprisingly unpredictable whims of the American public. ... One of the strengths of Stanley's book is that he takes a critical and unconvinced look at the current vogue among conservatives to blame the 'liberal media' or 'Hollywood values' for the things that plauge us." —National Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Timothy Stanley

  • TIMOTHY STANLEY graduated with a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University and has spent time as a research fellow at Harvard and Oxford. The author of two books, Kennedy vs. Carter and The Crusader, and co-editor of Making Sense of American Liberalism, he has written political commentary for the National Review Online, The Atlantic, Dissent Magazine, the New Republic, and CNN.com, and is a columnist for The Daily Telegraph.

  • Timothy Stanley
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How the Collaboration between LA and DC Revolutionized American Politics

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