Three new books offer perspectives on the mid-20th century movie industry.
Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War (Penguin Press) by Mark Harris looks at the unprecedented relationship between the wartime U.S. government and five noted directors: John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler and Frank Capra.
The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan (Knopf), edited by Albert J. Devlin, conveys through his correspondence the intensity and talent of the influential and sometimes controversial director, writer and founder of the Actors Studio.
You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age (Viking Adult) by Robert Wagner and Scott Eyman is an insider's look at the heyday of the studio system and the glamorous homes, nightclubs, restaurants and parties that surrounded its stars.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor