Confidential Confidential: The Inside Story of Hollywoods Notorious Scandal Magazine Audiobook, by Samantha Barbas Play Audiobook Sample

Confidential Confidential: The Inside Story of Hollywood's Notorious Scandal Magazine Audiobook

Confidential Confidential: The Inside Story of Hollywoods Notorious Scandal Magazine Audiobook, by Samantha Barbas Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Donna Postel Publisher: Tantor Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781977385031

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Longest Chapter Length:

58:20 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

10:46 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

29:44 minutes

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In the 1950s, Confidential magazine, America's first celebrity scandal magazine, revealed Hollywood stars' secrets, misdeeds, and transgressions in gritty, unvarnished detail. Deploying a vast network of tipsters to root out scandalous facts about the stars, including their sexual affairs, drug use, and sexuality, publisher Robert Harrison destroyed celebrities' carefully constructed images and built a media empire.

Confidential became the bestselling magazine on American newsstands in the 1950s, surpassing Time, Life, and the Saturday Evening Post.

Confidential's spectacular rise was followed by an equally spectacular fall. Stars filed multimillion dollar libel suits against the magazine, and the state of California, prodded by the film studios, prosecuted its publisher for obscenity, culminating in a famous, star-studded Los Angeles trial in 1957. The lawsuits forced Confidential to end its scandalmongering, and stopped printing its sleazy gossip in 1958. However, the magazine's legacy lives on in our culture's obsession with gossip and celebrity scandal.

This is Confidential's story, how the magazine revolutionized celebrity culture and American society in the 1950s and beyond.

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“A much-needed legal perspective…Confidential Confidential is a richly detailed and lively examination of the notorious magazine’s rise and fall.”

— Mary Desjardins, author of Recycled Stars 

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About Samantha Barbas

Samantha Barbas is a professional historian and law professor. She is an expert on Hollywood and journalism history, as well as media law, and is the author of Movie Crazy, The First Lady of Hollywood, Laws of Image, and Newsworthy. She frequently offers commentary on issues related to celebrity gossip and freedom of the press to the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and the Associated Press.

About Donna Postel

Donna Postel, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is absolutely passionate about audiobooks and has narrated close to fifty titles across multiple genres, from memoir and biography to literary fiction, romance, mystery, and suspense. She uses her innate curiosity, talent, and decades of experience on stage and in the recording studio to bring books to life. When she’s not in the studio, she can be found down at the barn cleaning up after and occasionally riding horses.