Warner Bros charts the rise of an unpromising film studio from its shaky beginnings in the early twentieth century through its ascent to the pinnacle of Hollywood influence and popularity. The Warner Brothers-Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack-arrived in America as unschooled Jewish immigrants, yet they founded a studio that became the smartest, toughest, and most radical in all of Hollywood.
Warner Bros David Thomson University Press, 2017 Source: Library
Unfortunately, I was not a fan of Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio by David Thomson. First, Thomson did not introduce any of the brothers individually; he just jumped right in with talking about the studio. Second, he had to list everyone's ethnicity or nationality before saying anything else about them. Third, he spoiled the entire plot of movies (with no warning) that I had planned on seeing someday. Fourth, he did not go in chronological order - he jumped around from decade to decade and film to film. Fifth, there were no pictures. Sixth, sometimes it was hard to determine if the information was about the actor personally or the role that they played in a movie.
I did like that it had some interesting anecdotes about the golden age of Hollywood and the beginnings of the film industry itself (I just wish they had been told in order!) This would be a good book for people interested in Jewish moguls and Hollywood - it turns out it's a part of a series called Jewish Lives, and Thomson went into detail about the influence that Jewish people had on the early days of film.