An Inside Story – A review of the book ‘Hollywood War Stories’

“Hollywood is a door leading to a thousand doors” – Kensington Roth

Rick Friedberg’s book ‘Hollywood War Stories: How to Survive in the Trenches’ is the kind of book wannabe actors and technicians dreaming of working in Hollywood should pick up before heading to the dreamland. Filled with Rick’s own experiences of working in Hollywood and his interactions with the various pieces of puzzle that make up this industry, ‘Hollywood War Stories’ present you with the absurdity and egotism of the glamour world told with a deadpan humorous voice.

I think as fans of movies and movie stars we perhaps don’t spend enough time thinking about what happens in the background, how movies are made and about the people working behind the scenes. But we should, especially when they are the people who make the magic come alive on screen. In Hollywood War Stories, the author shares his experiences about the enthusiasm of the actors and the meddling attitude of the business heads of studios that unfortunately have the final say in what all movies are made. His narrative goes from being excited while discussing the step by step movie making process to sardonic while discussing some of the absurdities creative people have to put up with from the not so creative ones. It’s an entertaining read in which Rick doesn’t just tell you what all you are supposed to do in Hollywood, but more importantly he tells you what all you are not supposed to do if you want to succeed in movie land.

This book is pretty much like a movie, it depicts the author’s growth and the many twists and turns that he has had to face before finding acceptance and success. And for film buffs there is actually a ton of fascinating material in this book about the adventures he endured while making a movie. So even if you have a zero back knowledge about Hollywood and haven’t even heard the faintest of whispers from its gossip machinery, it’s still a very enjoyable read.

Product Details

Print Length: 123 pages

Publisher: Rick Friedberg; Third Edition (September 18, 2014)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.


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