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The Life and Crimes of Billy Wilkerson
By W.R. Wilkerson, III
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
384 Pages, 6 x 9
Cloth, $30.00 (US $30.00) (CA $40.00)
Chicago Review Press (Feb 2018)
OverviewThis is the definitive biography of the most powerful man in Hollywood during the 1940s and '50s, the man who founded the Hollywood Reporter and the most storied nightspots of the Sunset Strip, introduced Clark Gable and Lana Turner to the studios, invented Las Vegas, brought the Mafia to Hollywood, engineered the shakedown of Hollywood studios by Willie Bioff and his mob-run unions, ordered the murder of Buggsy Siegel, started the Hollywood Blacklist, and helped destroy the studio system. Perhaps nobody in Hollywood history has ever ruined so many careers and done so much damage to the industry as Billy Wilkerson—the Blacklist alone has been called Hollywood's Holocaust. Yet there has never been a solid biography of the man. Billy's son, William R. Wilkerson III, has done tremendous research on his father, interviewing over decades everyone who knew him best, and portrays him beautifully (and damningly) in this book.
Author BiographyW. R. Wilkerson III is a Hollywood historian who has lectured widely, made numerous radio and TV appearances, contributed to publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, the Herald Examiner, and the LA Weekly, and written several books.