One of the world’s most iconic movie stars, Kirk Douglas has distinguished himself as a producer, philanthropist, and author. Now, more than 50 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 95, 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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Great personal account
Top-notch listening experience
I have not read the print version, but would imagine it is as entertaining as the audio version.
I was enthralled by many characters, like Charles Laughton, Laurence Olivier, Dalton Trumbo and Douglas himself.
I enjoyed being able to trust that Michael was giving us an authentic interpretation of his father's words, attitudes and manner.
I was brought close to tears on many occasions. How can you listen to a 95-year-old man reflect on his many decades and not be moved?
I listened to this on long drives, and was always amazed at how quickly those miles passed. I cannot recommend this book more highly.
- J. Hatcher