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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.
©2016 James Andrew Miller (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Sean Wing on 11-13-17

Magnificent History

Having worked with CAA over the years, it is amazing to read the history behind such a giant, the stories that shaped its creation and the impact that is has had on the creative industry. Without a doubt, this is worth the listen.

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By Allen Patton on 11-13-17

A Solid oral history that does not stick the endin

I love me some corporate bio's, add that in with an oral history and you got a winner. The CAA book really nails this balance for the fist 18 hours then slows down a bit as the company change and moved into other things. I am not saying that the ending is boring but you go from something I care about (movies) to something I find full (sports) and a bit of the shine comes off in the last ten years of CAA.


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By petali on 11-09-16

Cold people

This is a story that left me feeling cold. About self serving people I couldn't care less about. Interesting in parts, ultimately I wish I'd never started it.

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