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 read. A little long especially near thre end

Nice story of the original founders.three recent history interested me less, and frankly I could had done without much of the current political battle stories. still enjoyed it very much.
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- Doc G

Solid Story, Questionable Voice Work

Here's the good: excellent insight into the business of Hollywood, TV and broadcast sports. You won't come away with a ton of hard business skills from this book other than be nice to people and value relationships over everything, but I found great value in the telling of CAA's early years led by their founders. In short, the origins of the CAA story is about the American Dream, friendship (or lack thereof) and hustle. I appreciated the multiple voice actors as well. The interviews are consistently candid in the first 3/4 of the book. Here's the bad: the last 3rd of the book could be chopped off. It's essentially a long form advertisement for their advisory services and sports arm. The voice acting is robotic and needs more variety. I love JAM but he is not a terribly gifted voice over actor. Oddly enough I would have appreciated more editorial commentary or 3rd party data to properly verify aspects of this story.
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- Patrick M.

Book Details

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