I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, Michelle McNamara (Harper)

Anne Rule’s classic The Stranger Beside Me told two stories at once: the story of the pursuit and capture of a serial killer, Ted Bundy, and the story of a true-crime writer who came to realize that one of her closest friends was a monster. Similarly, Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark tells … Continue reading I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, Michelle McNamara (Harper)

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Dr. Eckener’s Deam Machine: The Great Zeppelin and the Dawn of Air Travel, Douglas Botting (Holt)

The British comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus once presented a sketch in which Graham Chapman, as Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, pitched various dignitaries out the door of his airborne vessel, crying, with ever more frustration, “It’s not a balloon, it’s an airship!” Allowing for comedic exaggeration, this is a pretty fair representation of the climate in … Continue reading Dr. Eckener’s Deam Machine: The Great Zeppelin and the Dawn of Air Travel, Douglas Botting (Holt)

The Doctor and the Detective: A Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Martin Booth (St. Martin’s)

Although the definitive biography of Conan Doyle has yet to be written (Booth, like other contemporary biographers, did not have access to Conan Doyle’s private papers), this is about as complete a life story as readers are likely to find. Booth peppers the book with fascinating, little-known facts, revealing, among other things, that Conan Doyle’s … Continue reading The Doctor and the Detective: A Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Martin Booth (St. Martin’s)

A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies, Dennis Bartok, Dennis and Jeff Joseph (University of Mississippi)

Did you know that, if it weren’t for a film historian’s inability to procure a copy of a classic Cary Grant movie, we might never have had to endure the execrable 1973 musical version of Lost Horizon? If you didn’t know that, this book will be a real eye-opener, but even if you did, you’ll probably … Continue reading A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies, Dennis Bartok, Dennis and Jeff Joseph (University of Mississippi)

Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob (and Sex), Peter Bart (Weinstein Books)

  In 1967, Bart, a newspaper reporter covering the Hollywood beat, joined the struggling Paramount Pictures as the right-hand man to the studio’s new chief of production, the as-yet-untested Robert Evans. For the next eight years, as Hollywood underwent some seismic shifts (moviemaking itself was in the midst of massive stylistic and thematic changes), Bart … Continue reading Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob (and Sex), Peter Bart (Weinstein Books)

The Futurist: The Films of James Cameron. Rebecca Winters Keegan (Crown)

There have already been several books about James Cameron, the director of such films as The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, and Avatar. But this is the one fans of moviemaking books will want. Keegan interviewed dozens of Cameron’s friends and colleagues, including actor Bill Paxton, special-effects wizard Dennis Muren, and fellow director Peter Jackson. Unlike previous writers, Keegan appears neither … Continue reading The Futurist: The Films of James Cameron. Rebecca Winters Keegan (Crown)

Orson Welles’s Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind, Josh Karp (St. Martin’s Press)

Picture Orson Welles, the director of Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, and Touch of Evil, scrounging for money, filming in rented houses, and lying his way onto shooting locations, spending more than a decade trying to get a movie made. The saga of Welles’ last (and as yet unreleased) movie, The Other Side of the Wind, is an often-shocking portrait … Continue reading Orson Welles’s Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind, Josh Karp (St. Martin’s Press)