• by Bruce Cook
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A central figure in the Hollywood Ten and one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood history, two of Trumbo's screenplays earned Oscars (Roman Holiday and The Brave Ones) while he was blacklisted and unable to receive public credit for his work. Trumbo was also the author of Johnny Got His Gun, winner of the National Book Award and one of the most powerful antiwar novels ever published. He epitomized the spirit of American capitalism, yet he went to jail refusing to talk about his membership in the Communist party.
As a result of his relentless fight for political freedom and the right to work for those blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee beginning in 1947, he ended the blacklist era in 1960 by earning proper screen credit for his work on the blockbuster films Exodus and Spartacus. An extraordinarily complex character, he was, as author Bruce Cook states, "an exemplar of a certain set of American virtues: toughness, independence and persistence". Dalton Trumbo was the central figure in the Hollywood Ten, the blacklisted and jailed screenwriters. One of several hundred writers, directors, producers and actors who were deprived of the opportunity to work in the motion picture industry from 1947 to 1960, he was the first to see his name on the screen again. When that happened, it was Exodus, one of the year's biggest movies.


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It's hard to believe this book was the basis for the movie Trumbo. The movie is very good and covers the exciting part of his life.
This book starts with Trumbo 's youth and plods along.
But even when it gets to the blacklist it is dull.
Worse the narrator has chosen a very grating accent for Trumbo as well as many other characters. And the narrator's normal voice is just as bad.
If you want to hear a better book, get Kurt Douglases book "I am Spartacus. "
It covers how Douglas broke the blacklist by hiring Trumbo. And is narrated by Michael Douglas.
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- M. S. Cohen

If You Enjoyed the Movie You Will Enjoy the Book

Which scene was your favorite?

His acceptance speech which if I remember correctly was given to the Writer's Guild of America, West when they gave him credit for his work on the movie “Roman Holiday”.

Any additional comments?

The book covers Trumbo's life from childhood until his death which helps one to better understand the man. The movie which I thoroughly enjoyed covers his life primarily during the period of the Hollywood Blacklist.

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- Bruce Lynn "Bruce"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books