HOLLYWOOD HISTORY BOOKS

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SUNSET CLUB uncovers the truth about Hollywood by exposing a cabal of confederate spies. Those secret servicemen perfected the art of role-playing: first by masquerading as Midwesterners on cavalry rides north with marauder John Hunt Morgan; then by disguising themselves as U.S. soldiers on train rides south from hideouts in Canada. Assassin John Wilkes Booth was briefed at one such lair, which is why they were wanted by the U.S. government for orchestrating the murder of Lincoln. Yet nearly all were pardoned. Most became attorneys, or so say Kentucky records. L.A. photographs say they founded Tinseltown. So does The Wizard of Oz (1939).

 

HOUSE OF DAVIS tells a history of Washington, D.C. using facts from the life of Jefferson Davis. Together those truths reveal how a “slave power” conspiracy nearly destroyed the United States. The book begins several decades before the poisoning of 12th President Zachary Taylor (his ex-father-in-law) on the Fourth of July in 1850. It ends several decades after the assassination of 16th President Abraham Lincoln (his chief rival) on Good Friday in 1865. Assembling facts culled from archives and libraries nationwide, HOUSE OF DAVIS splinters the wooden story about Davis left behind by Jim Crow. It shows instead how a Washington, D.C. politician in pursuit of absolute power turned the nation against itself.

 

SOUTHLAND is a history of Los Angeles before Hollywood. It is also a true crime story about 6,656 acres of Los Angeles known as the Boca de Santa Monica. Over New Year’s weekend in 1910, the matriarch of the first family to own the property, along with her children and grandchildren, 13 victims in all, were poisoned by fruit at the annual family supper. Piecing together facts from L.A. archives, SOUTHLAND exposes a plot by a land company to steal their land. It also points a finger at two sons of Jefferson Davis buried in Hollywood Cemetery.

 

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