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The Wassermans ruled over twentieth-century Hollywood by building MCA, the world’s largest talent agency, which ultimately devoured the global multibillion-dollar conglomerate, Universal Studios. Hounded by antitrust prosecutors, attacked by lesser rivals, and betrayed by their own protégés, this supremely powerful couple vanquished their enemies while extending their influence beyond Sunset Strip, into governors’ mansions, Senate chambers, the White House, and international boardrooms.

Lew was uber-agent to legendary stars, a pioneering television producer, and a film mogul with a Midas touch. He was a boss to sixty-two labor unions, a diplomat, a political kingmaker, and a cultural statesman. His wife and champion, Edie, was the daughter of a Cleveland mob attorney, the queen of Hollywood’s social A list, and Lew’s secret agent who used her cunning and charm to help him. For more than sixty years, the couple played a central role in shaping the Golden Age of television, the glamorization of Las Vegas, the development of the blockbuster film (Psycho, Jaws, ET), and the elevation of the entertainment industry into America’s number one export. Sharp also chronicles the Wassermans’ extraordinary philanthropy, which made them the most generous of Hollywood’s benefactors.

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  • “Drawing upon more than 450 interviews, Sharp blends corporate maneuvering and personal scandals into a gripping portrait of the original power couple.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dramatic and enthralling…Lavish and extravagant…maximizing a great story; likely to become the standard text on the Wassermans.”

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About the Author

Kathleen Sharp is a journalist and bestselling author whose books have been adapted for film. She is the author of Blood Medicine: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever; In Good Faith; and Stalking the Beast: A History of Hollywood through the King Kong Movies. She is a former correspondent for the Boston Globe and has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesPlayboyElle, and Parade

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time nominee for the Audie Award and the recipient of seventeen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, she is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of her, “as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice.” She is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.