Powerhouse

  • by James Andrew Miller
  • Narrated by James Andrew Miller, Kirby Heyborne, Ann Richardson
  • 25 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An astonishing - and astonishingly entertaining - behind-the-curtain history of Hollywood's transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all, from the number-one best-selling author of Live from New York and Those Guys Have All the Fun.
In 1975, five young employees of a sclerotic William Morris agency left to start their own strikingly innovative talent agency. In the years to come, Creative Artists Agency would vault from its origins in a tiny office on the last block of Beverly Hills to become the largest and most imperial, groundbreaking, and star-studded agency Hollywood has ever seen - a company whose tentacles now spread throughout the world of movies, music, television, technology, advertising, sports, and investment banking far more than previously imagined.
Powerhouse is the fascinating, no-holds-barred saga of that hot-blooded ascent. Drawing on unprecedented and exclusive access to the men and women who built and battled CAA as well as financial information never before made public, acclaimed author James Andrew Miller spins a tale of boundless ambition, ruthless egomania, ceaseless empire building, drugs, sex, greed, and personal betrayal. Powerhouse is also a story of prophetic brilliance, magnificent artistry, singular genius, entrepreneurial courage, strategic daring, foxhole brotherhood, and how one firm utterly transformed the entertainment business. Here are the real Star Wars - complete with a Death Star - told through the voices of those who were actually there. Packed with scores of stars from movies, television, music, and sports as well as a tremendously compelling cast of agents, studio executives, network chiefs, league commissioners, hedge fund managers, tech CEOs, and media tycoons, Powerhouse is itself a Hollywood blockbuster of the most spectacular sort.

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Great insider look into the entertainment industry

This book really goes in depth about the agency business but also scans the major trends that have happened in congruence with the rise of CAA. Kind of amazing how many people were included in the book.
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- Anthony

History by quotes

I am not a fan of this book's format. Telling a story completely by quotes- however impressive to construct- lost me at many times. I forgot who the quoted person was (their significance) and many times I was frustrated the contexts' illustrations were limited to the persons quoted. The author rarely intervened with a couple paragraphs rather than painting the correct context and environment to better understand each quote. While I logically knew this format protected the writer's liability and was an impressive accomplishment to weave a storyline solely by quotes, I was felt irritated that more analytical research was not included and the book was solely reliant on here-say. A better format is like Disney War by James Stewart. I will say, when I finally accepted Powerhouse's story as more of a professionally-interviewed celebrity magazine rather than a researched company biography, I enjoyed how the writer captured the lifestyle, relationships, personalities, pressures and elations of the CAA experience. Most positively, the quotes were always intriguing. I am sad I did not understand the context behind much of the quotes.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio