Road to Hollywood : An Only-in-America Story of Presidents, Tycoons, Movie Stars, and Aliens

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-08-24
  • Publisher: Booksurge Llc
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ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD tells the story of J. Herbert Klein - movie producer, builder, impresario, and inventor - who started life as an everyman and ended up working with some of the richest, most powerful people in the world. We meet Klein at the start of World War II as a 21-year-old U.S. Air Force private assigned to a new unit established to defeat the enemy with one of America's greatest inventions - movies. At the base, Klein meets his commanding officer - Captain Ronald W. Reagan, film star and future president of the United States - who puts the young recruit in charge of a top-secret project. In ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD, Klein is finally at liberty to reveal details of this operation - and to describe how Hollywood professionals helped bring about the Allies' victory. After the war, Klein takes over his family's business - and begins to build luxury homes for the rich and famous. During the late-1940s, he builds three houses in Bel Air for Howard Hughes - renowned aviator, entrepreneur, and movie producer - that the billionaire turns into love nests for his teenage protégées. In 1955, opportunity knocks when Hughes taps Klein to produce the star-studded DEATH OF A SCOUNDREL, one of the mogul's final forays into moviemaking that still creates a sensation on Turner Classic Movies. Klein offers new insights about Hughes in ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD - one of the few books about this American icon written from an insider's perspective.During the 1960s, Klein seizes another opportunity when he establishes a business partnership with Jon Hall - leading man of the 1930s and 1940s - that generates patents, technological innovations, and controversy. Hall believes his new invention - the anamorphic camera lens - can capture the invisible, including alien life forms, on film. Klein seeks proof for Hall's incredible claims - and ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD includes evidence, along with out-of-this-world, never-before-published photos.

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