What are the best books about Old Hollywood?

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    #1The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler is the hero of the author's first groundbreaking novel. This book involves vivid scenes, striking metaphors, and tough lines in between characters.


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    Walter Dunn
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I love learning about Old Hollywood through books. I recently read "The Big Sleep" which was a very engaging and well written book. It was full of useful facts and interesting information about the history of Hollywood. I thought it was great. It was really interesting for me as an inspiring film maker as well."
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    #2Beverly Hills Dead (Rick Barron)

    Beverly Hills Dead (Rick Barron)

    Beverly Hills Dead is a mystery novel written by Stuart Woods, first published in 2008 by Putnam Adult. It is the second book in the Rick Barron series, following The Prince of Beverly Hills.


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    Jaime Ávalos
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Beverly Hills Dead by Rick Barron is a poor solution as it is less about Old Hollywood than it is about the "Adult" side of Hollywood (hence being published by Putnam Adult.) 0 Stars for this solution."
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    #3Farewell, My Lovely

    Farewell, My Lovely

    Farewell, My Lovely is a mystery fiction novel written by Raymond Chandler. This is the second book in the Philip Marlowe series. This book was originally published in 1940.


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    Benjamín Meléndez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Farewell, My Lovely is one of the most gripping fiction novels of its time! It stands out as one of the most intense mystery novels available about Old Hollywood. Written by Raymond Chandler, and originally published in 1940, you know that you are in for a treat that continues along the Philip Marlowe series in a fashionable manner. This book is a must read to anyone interested in mystery romance series!"
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    #4Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder

    Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder

    Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder is a true crime book written by John Gilmore, first published in 1994. It tells the story of Elizabeth Short and the mystery of her unsolved murder in 1947.


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    Samuel Walsh
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I read this book in college. This book was such an eye opener and made me like the class so much that I was motivated to discover more about the topic. Definitely recommend it. "
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    #5Two Lovers

    Two Lovers

    Two Lovers: The Love Story of Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo is a non-fiction book written by Beverly Adam, first published in 2016. It recounts the romance between Hollywood actress Carole Lombard and the singer Russ Columbo.


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    Diana Barrett
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Old Hollywood stories fascinate me because the drama of Hollywood now is just mediocre at best. But back in the day when Hollywood was an exciting place is stories worth reading about and this one is a great story. And sad, because just like many Hollywood stories, the subject just dies way too young. I liked the voice of this author. You can tell she can dissect personalities and relationships in a very unique way. Give this one a gander."
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    #6Marilyn's Red Diary

    Marilyn's Red Diary

    Marilyn's Red Diary is a novel written by EZ Friedel, first published in 2012. Written as a fictional diary, it tells the story of Marilyn Monroe's life and the events that lead up to her death.


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    Sergio Segura
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Ok solution. This book gets 4.0 stars out of 5 on Amazon, however, it only has 222 reviews."
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    #7Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History

    Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History

    Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History is a multi-award-winning non-fiction book written by Manny Pacheco, first published in 2009. It is part of a series that recounts stories about Hollywood's Golden Age.


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    #8True Hollywood Noir

    True Hollywood Noir
    True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders is a non-fiction book written by Dina Di Mambro. It was first published in 2013, and it won the 2014 IPPY Bronze Medal Award. This true crime book talks about Old Hollywood mysteries.

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    César Zavala
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book, although very interesting, will please the enthusiast of crime stories, set in old Hollywood. If you are looking for a book that talks about Old Hollywood in general, I am afraid you might be disappointed."
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    #9Hot Toddy

    Hot Toddy

    Hot Toddy: The True Stroy of Hollywood's Most Sensational Murder is a non-fiction book written by Andy Edmonds. It recounts the events surrounding American actress Thelma Todd's death in 1935.


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    Joseph Moore
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Hot Toddy reveals all about the death of Thelma Todd. She was brutally murdered in 1935, and it is a very tragic tale. Its very suspenseful."
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    #10Bells of Avalon

    Bells of Avalon
    Bells of Avalon is a young adult historical fiction book written by Libbet Bradstreet, first published in 2015. Set in the 1950s, it follows the story of two young Hollywood sweethearts.

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    Gary Delgado
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "interesting book overall and a story that makes you want to read more for the most part. I did not always find my self wanting to keep reading and not stop. this is a good choice to pick up and read. "


Best What are the best books about Old Hollywood
1The Big SleepBooks 36 Paid
2Beverly Hills Dead (Rick Barron)Books 32 Paid
3Farewell, My LovelyBooks 31 Paid
4Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia MurderBooks 29 Paid
5Two LoversBooks 27 Paid
6Marilyn's Red DiaryBooks 26 Paid
7Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten HistoryBooks 25 Paid
8True Hollywood NoirBooks 23 Paid
9Hot ToddyBooks 22 Paid
10Bells of AvalonBooks 19 Paid

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