Five Came Back - Mark Harris

Five Came Back

By Author Mark Harris

  • Release Date: 2014-02-27
  • Genre: United States
Five Came Back
Book Rating: 3.5/5
Based on 12 Reviews

Five Came Back - Mark Harris Book Description

Now a Netflix original documentary series, also written by Mark Harris, premiering on March 31,2017: the extraordinary wartime experience of five of Hollywood's most important directors, all of whom put their stamp on World War II and were changed by it forever 

Here is the remarkable, untold story of how five major Hollywood directors—John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler, and Frank Capra—changed World War II, and how, in turn, the war changed them. In a move unheard of at the time, the U.S. government farmed out its war propaganda effort to Hollywood, allowing these directors the freedom to film in combat zones as never before. They were on the scene at almost every major moment of America’s war, shaping the public’s collective consciousness of what we’ve now come to call the good fight. The product of five years of scrupulous archival research, Five Came Back provides a revelatory new understanding of Hollywood’s role in the war through the life and work of these five men who chose to go, and who came back.

“Five Came Back 
. . . is one of the great works of film history of the decade.” --Slate

“A tough-minded, information-packed and irresistibly readable work of movie-minded cultural criticism. Like the best World War II films, it highlights marquee names in a familiar plot to explore some serious issues: the human cost of military service, the hypnotic power of cinema and the tension between artistic integrity and the exigencies of war.” --The New York Times

Book Reviews

  • Authors mixed up

    By Speaker2Animals
    Not a review, since i just downloaded this book, but a note to Apple: the Mark Harris who wrote this is NOT the Mark Harris who wrote Bang the Drum Slowly and The Southpaw. You have just one author page for both. Appears there may be one or two other Mark Harrises mixed in there, too.