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West of Eden - An American Place

Jean Stein

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An epic, mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles from the author of the contemporary classic Edie Jean Stein transformed the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie: American Girl, an indelible portrait of Andy Warhol "superstar" Edie Sedgwick, which was edited with George Plimpton. Now, in West of Eden, she turns to Los Angeles, the city of her childhood. Stein vividly captures a mythic cast of characters: their ambitions and triumphs as well as their desolation and grief. These stories illuminate the bold aspirations of five larger-than-life individuals and their families. West of Eden is a work of history both grand in scale and intimate in detail. At the center of each family is a dreamer who finds fortune and strife in Southern California: Edward Doheny, the Wisconsin-born oil tycoon whose corruption destroyed the reputation of a U.S. president and led to his own son's violent death; Jack Warner, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who together with his brothers founded one of the world's most iconic film studios; Jane Garland, the troubled daughter of an aspiring actress who could never escape her mother's schemes; Jennifer Jones, an actress from Oklahoma who won the Academy Award at twenty-five but struggled with despair amid her fame and glamour. Finally, Stein chronicles the ascent of her own father, Jules Stein, an eye doctor born in Indiana who transformed Hollywood with the creation of an unrivaled agency and studio. In each chapter, Stein paints a portrait of an outsider who pins his or her hopes on the nascent power and promise of Los Angeles. Each individual's unyielding intensity pushes loved ones, especially children, toward a perilous threshold. West of Eden depicts the city that has projected its own image of America onto the world, in all its idealism and paradox. As she did in Edie, Jean Stein weaves together the personal recollections of an array of individuals to create an astonishing tapestry of a place like no other. Read by Scott Brick, Paul Boehmer,

Language:

English

Narrators:

Various

Length:

11h 18m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:30


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:36


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:18


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:26


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:32


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:15


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:54


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:15


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:42


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:13


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:08


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:10


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:08


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:24


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:18


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:32


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:23


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:01


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:48


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:43


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:12


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:41


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:01


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:21


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:56


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:01


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:35


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:59


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:30


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:11


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:15


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:20


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:35


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:31


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:05


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:28


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:44


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:17


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:26


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:25


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:18


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:50


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:01


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:27


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:40


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:52


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:08


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:15


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:53


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:35


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:37


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:27


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:11


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

00:30