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Karina Longworth is the creator, writer, and host of You Must Remember This, a podcast on the secret and forgotten history of twentieth-century Hollywood. A former film editor of LA Weekly and critic for the Village Voice, she is the author of four previous books, including Hollywood Frame by Frame and Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor. She lives in Los Angeles.


"Karina Longworth loves Hollywood the way it ought to be loved -- mercilessly. She is a skeptic without cynicism, a feminist without apology, and in Seduction she has found the great subject that her essential podcast has long promised"--James Kaplan, author of Sinatra
"An entertaining and timely tour of early Hollywood mores and manipulation. No matter how much you think you know about golden age Hollywood, Longworth serves up fascinatingly fresh perspective on the ways male desire and power shaped movie mythology."--Joy Press, author of Stealing the Show
"Full of insight...illuminating and memorable."--Booklist
"Seduction reads like a scandal sheet tempered with primary and secondary research."--Los Angeles Review of Books
"From the force behind the You Must Remember This podcast comes a book exploring the glamour of classic Hollywood cinema through the lens of Texas business magnate, filmmaker (Hell's Angels, Scarface), and notorious womanizer Howard Hughes--think a Harvey Weinstein-esque character decades before #MeToo."--Vanity Fair
"Longworth blasts through the seductive narratives propagated by men in the film business to uncover the dark stories underneath."--The Cut
"Vibrant... A compulsive page-turner... Much of Seduction reads like a long overdue act of redress, repositioning women into the more central positions where they belong."--Los Angeles Times
"Longworth pulls back the curtain on Hollywood's golden age to reveal, through the stories of some of the actresses pursued by legendary millionaire mogul Howard Hughes, its dark and lasting legacy of power inequity, harassment, and abuse."--Bustle
"A candid portrait of the multifaceted millionaire...As his romantic tastes shifts from known quantities -- like Hepburn, Rogers and Gardner -- to powerless unknowns, Seduction reveals the root of Hughes's interest in women: a desire to exert total control, rather than true affection."--Washington Post
"Audacious and welcome."--Sight and Sound
"Jam-packed with Hollywood scandal and history."--Refinery 29
"Guaranteed to engross anyone with any interest at all in Hollywood, in movies, in #MeToo and in the never-ending story of men with power and women without."--New York Times Book Review
"The stories Longworth uncovers--about Katharine Hepburn and Jane Russell, yes, but also Ida Lupino and Faith Domergue and Anita Loos--are so rich, so compelling, that they urge you to question how much else in history has been lost within the swirling vortex of Great Men."--Atlantic
"A compelling and relevant must-read."--Entertainment Weekly
"A first-rate work of cultural curation, in which Longworth combs the countless stacks of Hollywood memoirs and biographies, with a focus on the pathological predations of Howard Hughes, Texas millionaire, starmaker and film producer."--USA Today (four stars)
"An astute and entertaining takedown of the movie industry, the press and the multimillionaire turned wannabe filmmaker Howard Hughes. Hardly anyone emerges from the pages of Seduction unblemished by selfishness and greed once they are touched by the movie business and its promise of wealth, power and fame."--Associated Press

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