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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (71 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kirk Douglas Narrator: Michael Douglas , Michael Crichton Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781469227252
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One of the world’s most iconic movie stars, Kirk Douglas has distinguished himself as a producer, philanthropist, and author. Now, more than fifty years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film. Douglas began producing the movie in the midst of the politically charged era when Hollywood’s moguls refused to hire anyone accused of Communist sympathies. In a risky move, Douglas chose Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to write Spartacus.

As both producer and star of the film, Douglas faced explosive moments with young director Stanley Kubrick and struggles with giant personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, and Peter Ustinov. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at ninety-five, looks back candidly—and often with self-effacing humor—at his audacious decision to give public credit to Trumbo, thus effectively ending the notorious Hollywood blacklist.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 itmfiddler | 11/11/2013

    " Not the best written book, but a fascinating glimpse into the making of a movie and a dark time in our countries history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 8/19/2013

    " Terrific memoir of the Hollywood blacklist and making the film Spartacus. I hadn't realized that, in addition to Dalton Trumbo, Spartacus novelist Howard Fast was also on the list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Kaplowitz | 8/8/2013

    " Excellent. Had some personal meaning for me as my father was amongst those blacklisted in Hollywood at the same time as the unfriendly 10. It is a quick read but I learned some things I didn't know about the blacklist. I am glad Kirk Douglas is still around to tell his story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 7/29/2013

    " So sad that some's fears suppresses other's talents. "Hyprocrisy lists" still exist and that is even more sad. Hooray for you Kirk Douglas for getting the rightful writer's name on the movie, and for telling the story of the making the film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 3/28/2013

    " This is a slim volume but man, Kirk Douglas was (and is) 95-years old. Anyway, it is an interesting read on the difficulty of movie-making during the immediate post-McCarthy era when the blacklist was still in effect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Haspil | 12/19/2012

    " The behind the scenes story of one of my favorite movies and the turbulent events that went on afterwards. The story of the creation of the film could work as a movie in its own right like RKO 281. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 11/26/2012

    " Enjoyed it completely Couldn't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B Scott | 7/28/2012

    " Excellent book - shows that Kirk Douglas' mind is still working fine at the age of 95, tells the story of the making of the movie, and shows clearly the workings and effects of the blacklist. "

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About the Author
Author Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas has appeared in more than eighty films and was nominated for an Academy Award for Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Lust for Life. Douglas received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981, a special Oscar in 1996, and the National Medal of the Arts in 2001. He is the author of three previous bestselling memoirs, three novels, and two children’s books.

About the Narrators

Michael Douglas is an American actor and producer. He has won four Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, two Academy Awards, and an Emmy Award.

Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a filmmaker best known for Jurassic Park and ER. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. His first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. His books have been translated into forty languages and adapted into fifteen films.