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Review ?Jewell not only makes great use of this primary material, but presents a clear, fair-minded narrative that puts the facts into proper context.? (Leonard Maltin?s Movie Crazy 2012-06-07)?The author is clear and candid. . . . A readable, thought-provoking analysis.? (S.R. Kozloff, Vassar College Choice 2012-09-26) Read more From the Inside Flap 'Enjoying exclusive access to RKO archives before they were dispersed to the winds, Rick Jewell has crafted a powerful and unprecedented company history that is rich in detail and sharp in insight. Pinpointing both industry ambitions and corporate shenanigans, Jewell offers a tale both gripping and instructive. A major contribution to Hollywood studio history in the classic era.'?Dana Polan, author of Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film?Richard Jewell has written a definitive portrait of a major Hollywood studio during the heyday of the movies. Enriched by a lode of archival material, Jewell?s RKO story reconstructs the dynamics of the studio system; its stresses and strains; its logistical challenges; and its in-house rivalries. Some big names are vividly brought to life: David Sarnoff, Pandro Berman, Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn, Orson Welles, to name a few. Jewell interweaves RKO?s corporate maneuverings and production agenda with great skill. A more compelling history of a Hollywood major is hard to imagine.??Tino Balio, author of The Foreign Film Renaissance on American Screens, 1946?1973?A painstakingly researched and lucidly written business history of RKO Studios from its founding through 1942, Richard Jewell?s RKO Studios: A Titan is Born not only traces the shifting economic fortunes of the studio that gave us King Kong, the Astaire-Rogers musicals, and Citizen Kane but also fills an important gap in our understanding of how the studio system survived and at times even thrived during the Golden Age of Hollywood.??Charles Maland, author of Chaplin and American Culture Read more See all Editorial Reviews