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American Tabloid By James Ellroy American Tabloid We are behind and below the scenes of JFK s presidential election the Bay of Pigs the assassination in the underworld that connects Miami Los Angeles Chicago D C Where the CIA the Mob J Edgar

  • Title: American Tabloid
  • Author: James Ellroy
  • ISBN: 9780375727375
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • American Tabloid By James Ellroy We are behind, and below, the scenes of JFK s presidential election, the Bay of Pigs, the assassination in the underworld that connects Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C Where the CIA, the Mob, J Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes, Jimmy Hoffa, Cuban political exiles, and various loose cannons conspire in a covert anarchy Where the right drugs, the right amount of cWe are behind, and below, the scenes of JFK s presidential election, the Bay of Pigs, the assassination in the underworld that connects Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C Where the CIA, the Mob, J Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes, Jimmy Hoffa, Cuban political exiles, and various loose cannons conspire in a covert anarchy Where the right drugs, the right amount of cash, the right murder, buys a moment of a man s loyalty Where three renegade law enforcement officers a former L.A cop and two FBI agents are shaping events with the virulence of their greed and hatred, riding full blast shotgun into history James Ellroy s trademark nothing spared rendering of reality, blistering language, and relentless narrative pace are here in electrifying abundance, put to work in a novel as shocking and daring as anything he s written a secret history that zeroes in on a time still shrouded in secrets and blows it wide openOSEN BY TIME MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR HARD BITTEN INGENIOUS ELLROY SEGUES INTO POLITICAL INTRIGUE WITHOUT MISSING A BEAT The New York Times VASTLY ENTERTAINING Los Angeles Times ONE HELLISHLY EXCITING RIDE Detroit Free Press A SUPREMELY CONTROLLED WORK OF ART The New York Times Book Review
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    1. brian on said:

      to paraphrase kris kristofferson if it sounds fucked up, man, that s because it is sometimes i chug coffee to the point where i m glazed with sweat, red eyed, about to crap my pants, and i throw my headphones on and blast either miles davis bitches brew or motorhead ace of spades i sit down in front of the computer and write write write and the result is exactly what you d imagine from a mediocre writer w a flair for the hyperbolic all hopped up on caffeine not too good imagine, however, if a br [...]

    2. Greg on said:

      Check out the prose Dig the style Raymond Carver looks verbose Hemingway looks weak and fey Dig the streamlined story 1500 pages of plot compacted into 576.Dig the violence The greed The manipulations, the conspiracies Check out the Outfit The Beard The Cadre Jimmy and the Klan The Hair and Little Brother all gunning towards history like a hophead mainlining a speedball Check out the geek posing at writing this review.

    3. Kemper on said:

      James Ellroy has called me a panty sniffer to my face Granted, he calls everyone at his book signings a variety of colorful names, but I still like the idea that I ve been personally mock insulted by one of my favorite authors This is his best novel, and my love for it is pretty much unconditional As proof of my devotion My internet alias is from a character in it, and I ve got an autographed copy of it sitting on my shelf along with an signed copy of the sequel, The Cold Six Thousand The trilog [...]

    4. Richard on said:

      He used to pimp and pull shakedowns Now he rode shotgun to History Whoa, Ellroy s done it again another 5 star read So far, that s 5 out of 5 for me This time, he takes his talent for weaving complex plots and conspiracies from his 50 s Los Angeles setting and unleashes it nationwide in an epic re shaping of the country s turbulent history between 1958 and 1963 as we follow three men who play pivotal roles in the events that ultimately lead to that infamous day in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1 [...]

    5. Matt on said:

      Whoa This book is the literary equivalent of sticking your head out of a car window at 80mph.I don t hear this talk much any, but at one point folks were very interested in defining and or writing The Great American Novel I assert that this may be it Forget everything about grandma and her apple pie, with this book Ellroy grabs us by our collective red, white, and blue lapels and flings us out of the barn loft into a big warm pile of the real history of the United States As unpleasant as it migh [...]

    6. Brandon on said:

      I began reading this book around mid December but given the chaotic nature of my life at the time, I found it nearly impossible to focus Seeing as Ellroy s American Tabloid is a novel that commands your attention, a wandering mind will do you no favors So when things settled down, I picked it back up, determined to dive back into the world of mid 20th century America and read all about The Kennedys, the FBI CIA, Jimmy Hoffa and the Communist Red Scare.With American Tabloid, Ellroy is uncompromis [...]

    7. Ian "Marvin" Graye on said:

      On TourIn 1996, Ellroy toured Australia with one of my favourite bands, the Jackson Code.Ellroy did a number of readings from AT, then the band played and then he sang narrated with the band.It was a great night, although I am hazy on the detail.It was an early date with my wife, and I didn t get as drunk as I would otherwise have done and do now , but I am hazy nevertheless.I don t know how they got the idea to do a gig like this.I remember that Ellroy wore a great Hawaiian shirt.He looked like [...]

    8. Maciek on said:

      America was never innocent We popped our cherry on the boat over and looked back with no regrets You can t ascribe our fall from grace to any single event or set of circumstances You can t lose what you lacked at conception.Conspiracy theorists have been among us since the inception of mankind Whenever an event of a particular scale and importance happens they will be there, in the background, quietly well, not always disputing the official story and proposing alternative explanations Conspiraci [...]

    9. aPriL does feral sometimes on said:

      If readers haven t encountered one of my schizophrenic reviews that litter my GR book diary here and there, I m writing another one again I always feel torn when I admire the talented writing and or depth of research and ideas of a writer, and ultimately, the author s tricky mind, but at the same time, I also think the subject characters are despicable, horrible and unpleasant One such book that I read previously was by Octavia Butler, Fledgling American Tabloid is another Once again, I wish I h [...]

    10. pierlapoquimby on said:

      Questo romanzo si pu dire che segni un confine netto nella mia vita di lettore, la mia linea d ombra.Ricordo che lo comprai il giorno stesso dell uscita, o quello dopo, avevo letto qualche anticipazione sui quotidiani forse conservo ancora un ritaglio della Stampa da qualche parte e quando lo presi dall espositore all ingresso di una minuscola libreria oggi chiusa, il libraio, caro amico, mi guard annuendo con intima soddisfazione.Conoscevo Ellroy solo di nome all epoca, ma il suo progetto sotte [...]

    11. Darwin8u on said:

      He used to pimp and pull shakedowns Now he rode shotgun to History James Ellroy, American TabloidCould I give this six stars I m almost serious I ve said in reviews of le Carr , that long, long after the temporary prince and princesses of pop literature Yes, I m looking at your Foer brothers, etc are dead and their novels pulped for the next 21st century style of Ikea furniture, people are going to still be reading James Ellroy Look, I m only 1 3 into the Underworld USA trilogy, but I m ready to [...]

    12. Perry on said:

      A Supercollider Story In the jungle, the mighty jungleThe lion sleeps tonight.Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh Near the village, the peaceful village, The lion sleeps tonight The Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, 1961Named by Time magazine as 1995 s Best Fiction, American Tabloid is the literary equivalent of packing heat and unloading Written in a pugnacious style I haven t really read before, the book centers on 3 men Kemper Boyd, a philandering FBI agent recruited by J Edgar Hoover to infilt [...]

    13. Jonfaith on said:

      this was a diversion, something to transport Much of the GR community shares a united front on American Tabloid, comparing it to meth or serial lines of blow, Ellroy is credited with thousands of pages of plot stripped down to slide into a mere 600 page volume There is a measure of truth in said consensus Well some of the metaphors do work It does often appear that an acetylene torch is applied to the reader s soul Events do come tumbling into focus and then disappear in the span of a few pages [...]

    14. Michael on said:

      This is the first Ellroy I ve read, and it will likely be the last Mostly because I find it impossible to take this seriously.I don t doubt for a minute his portrayal of mobsters and G men and teamsters run amok in the fifties and sixties I m sure they were just as violent and hellbent on mayhem as they re depicted here His gloss on the Bay of Pigs jibes, too There is one neat bit of business following a character s slow arc from soft skinned do gooder alcoholic into revenge driven killer But th [...]

    15. Nate on said:

      I just posted this but I was listening to the Fugs and this song should be the fucking theme to this book Who can kill a general in his bed Overthrow dictators if they re Red Fucking A man CIA man Who can buy a government so cheap Change a cabinet without a squeak Fucking A man CIA man Who can train guerrillas by the dozens Send them out to kill their untrained cousins Fucking A man CIA man Who can get a budget that s so great Who will be the 51st state Who has got the secret est service One tha [...]

    16. Jeff on said:

      while ellroy s chandler on crack routine is exhausting stylistically mock sample excerpt this spic commie was a real cooze hound dig his geeked out arsenal 20 30.06 shells, three silencer rigged.45s, a rapemobile mounted shotgun agency outfit sanctioned figured kemper boyd , _american tabloid_ s dark reimagining of early 60s optimism as a cesspool of cynical political power plays underscored by mixed alliances, double and triple crosses, and the reduction of the era s most powerful influential f [...]

    17. Melissa on said:

      B s got a crush on Pete Bondurant from ever since way back when he first read The Cold Six Thousand but Kemper Boyd s my guy gets me every time with his classic compartmentalization nobody likes Ward, but I have a little bit of a soft spot for him I put off finishing this for as long as I could because I didn t want it to end because it s totally brilliant and because Ellroy does the passage of time so well that even though it d been two days and I was halfway through it felt like I d lived the [...]

    18. Jamie on said:

      It took me a while to get hooked, and then I was hooked, and it s an American classic I have no idea how I wound up caring about Pete Bondurant And Kemper Boyd And Ward Littell It should not be possible That s Ellroy s genius.

    19. Lauren on said:

      American Tabloid is the kind of no holds barred masterpiece that makes me want to buy extra copies and foist them on everyone I know It s a complex, tangled epic with the propulsive pacing of the best thrillers and it somehow manages to move hundreds of characters through double and triple alliances and betrayals without losing track of who they are, what they re doing, and what they want It has the weight of tragedy while simultaneously being a book that calls Jack Ruby a dog fucker In other wo [...]

    20. Nick Black on said:

      It had some really memorable lines, but overall I dug The Cold Six Thousand We ll see how Blood s a Rover goes, but overall I m thinking James Ellroy is something I d enjoyed much eight years ago What s the point, Pete Boyd Wayne Littell For such multitalented, resourceful and industrious individuals, they sure seem to lack any meaningful weltanschauung of their own, content to play the part of vessels Not a stride is broken upon the death of XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX late in this first book, know [...]

    21. Ɗắɳ2.☊ on said:

      Okay, I will reluctantly post my first review here Up to now, I ve never really felt the need to do my own reviews I d rather leave that to the semi professional book bloggers power users out there Who quite frankly, are much better at it Typically, once I finish a book, I merely post my take, on whichever of my friends reviews I happen to like the most I also find myself skimming many long reviews, so I hope to keep this short I ll leave the synopsis for the pros, so without further ado, here s [...]

    22. Marco Tamborrino on said:

      L America non mai stata innocente Abbiamo perso la verginit sulla nave durante il viaggio di andata e ci siamo guardati indietro senza alcun rimpianto Non si pu ascrivere la nostra caduta dalla grazia ad alcun singolo evento o insieme di circostanze Non possibile perdere ci che non si ha fin dall inizio Non conosco il genere noir, ma so che Ellroy ne viene indicato come uno dei pi grandi esponenti, se non il massimo Come horror riferito a King e giallo riferito alla Christie, l etichetta noir mi [...]

    23. Gus Sanchez on said:

      Wow.Yeah Wow This was my first James Ellroy novel, and he did not disappoint On the contrary, I developed a major hard on for his hard assed prose, and his dark, morally ambiguous characters gotta say Pete Bondurant is now one of my favorite fictional characters ever I won t bore you with the details or the plot behind American Tabloid , the first in a trilogy of works sketching out the nefarious doings of those in power, but if you love fiction that s both hard edged and replete with historical [...]

    24. Leonard on said:

      Like the milieus of Ellroy s other books, that of American Tabloid is a wicked, wicked, wicked world Ellroy has created a new genre, the historical noir, that integrates these named genres but taking them to the nth power of brutality and evil Like his other novels, there are cops, gangsters, movie stars and politicians, but there are no heroes, only characters seeking their agendas, working out their neuroses, brutalizing others, and in the end, just killing or dying Yes, a wicked, wicked, wick [...]

    25. Axolotl on said:

      With each successive book beginning with the LA quartet , Ellroy refines his art Style, entertainment and substance A richly imagined, horrific, and hard as nails fantasy.

    26. Raegan Butcher on said:

      Sordid and fascinating what if it went like this novel detailing the events leading up to the whacking of JFK Superbly written in a jazzy you are there style and crammed with weirdo characters dirty CIA,FBI, mobsters, Cuban heroin pushers, corrupt cops and Howard Hughes too Very worthwhile.

    27. Curtis Retherford on said:

      Reprehensible and inept.The characters are almost entirely identical They talk the same, they think the same, they all stumble through the plot in the same way numb, cocksure, and without any discernible motivation for any of their actions This book lacks even the cookie cutter archetypes of a standard noir, which it so clearly wants to be Instead, each character simply goes from crime to crime with no particular purpose They are devoid of morals, but Ellroy has failed to give anything interesti [...]

    28. Colin McKay Miller on said:

      James Ellroy s American Tabloid may not be as good as The Black Dahlia, but it s still an excellent, historically based crime novel.James Ellroy isn t for everyone It isn t just his staccato neo noir voice or his violent stories He often writes characters that, at the very least, display racist and misogynistic tendencies Ellroy himself has been accused of these very things and has responded in, well, Ellroy like fashion pretty much him insulting and cussing at people without really addressing t [...]

    29. Luke on said:

      The first in another history minded trilogy, American Tabloid unpicks the hem of the myth of Camelot while keeping an eye on the main chance The prose is as jacked up as half the characters, and it moves forward with a terrifying urgency Like his other works, there s a lot of character specificity and a lot of fine detail evoked But the Underworld USA trilogy manages to convincingly convey a sense of momentousness, of this is probably how it happened But it ain t pretty Reading this book is a b [...]

    30. F.R. on said:

      Re reading American Tabloid convinced me that after the obituary is published and we look back at James Ellroy s career as a whole, it will probably be the LA crime novels which are seen as his greatest achievement.Not that there isn t a lot of excellence in this political tome for want of a better adjective Starting in 1958 and leading to the Kennedy assassination, Ellroy gives us three men who play their parts behind the scenes and whose actions lead to that national tragedy There are few mod [...]

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