Book review: 'Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics' by Steven J. Ross

Book review: 'Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics' by Steven J. Ross

November 6 – Los Angeles Times
By Carolyn Kellogg

The author deals with the political persuasions of Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan and others.

Republicans take heart: Hollywood is not as liberal as you think. Steven J. Ross convincingly shows in "Hollywood Left and Right" that since its early days, the movie industry has been as quietly conservative as publicly liberal. After all, where did Ronald Reagan come from?

Reagan may be the most successful actor-turned-politician, but Ross makes the case that his transition owes much to George Murphy and the conservative legacy built by Louis B. Mayer at MGM.

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