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In The Fatal Alliance the acclaimed film critic David Thomson offers us one of his most provocative books yet—a rich, arresting, and troubling study of that most beloved genre: the war movie. It is not a standard history or survey of war films, although Thomson turns his typically piercing eye to many favorites—from All Quiet on the Western Front to The Bridge on the River Kwai to Saving Private Ryan. But The Fatal Alliance does much more, exploring how war and cinema in the twentieth century became inextricably linked. LISTEN TO MY PODCAST WITH THE AUTHOR-

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Sam Fuller

Reading Sam Fuller’s utterly charming autobiography is like sitting down for a shot of vodka and a long afternoon of reminiscences from the coolest grandfather anyone ever had. Born in 1912, Fuller was a teenaged crime reporter in New York during the heyday of tabloid journalism, lovingly immortalized in his 1952 movie “Park Row.” He hung around speakeasies with Ring Lardner and Damon Runyan when he wasn’t rubbing shoulders with the petty criminals whose hardboiled ethos he would unflinchingly portray in such films as “Pickup on South Street.” -Wendy Smith for VARIETY

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My Place in the Sun

The son of a celebrated Hollywood director emerges from his father's shadow to claim his own place as a visionary force in American culture. George Stevens, Jr. tells an intimate and moving tale of his relationship with his Oscar-winning father and his own distinguished career in Hollywood and Washington. Fascinating people, priceless stories and a behind-the-scenes view of some of America's major cultural and political events grace this riveting memoir.

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