If you’ve enjoyed reading the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels, and are interested in learning more about the golden years of Hollywood, here is a list of the books I read while researching for the series. On the TIMELINE and HOLLYWOOD PLACES pages, you’ll find references at the end of each entry. They refer to the page number of the books listed here. (For example “2/15″ refers to page 2 of book 15.)


  1. The Garden of Allah by Sheilah Graham, Crown Publishers, 1970
  2. This Is Hollywood, an unusual movieland guide by Ken Schessler, Ken Schessler Productions, 1984
  3. California Babylon: A Guide to Sites of Scandal, Mayhem, and Celluloid in the Golden State by Kristan Lawson & Annelo Rugus, St Martin’s Griffin, 2000
  4. The Hollywood Book of Scandals by James Robert Parish, McGraw-Hill, 2004
  5. The Hollywood Book of Death by James Robert Parish, McGraw-Hill, 2004
  6. Lost Hollywood by David Wallace
  7. L.A. Exposed: Strange Myths and Curious Legends in the City of Angels by Paul Young
  8. Dancing at Ciro’s by Sheila Weller, St Martin’s Press, 2003
  9. Love, Laughter and Tears by Adela Rogers St. John, Doubleday & Co, 1978
  10. Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 by William J. Mann, Penguin Books, 2001
  11. Open Secret: Gay Hollywood, 1928-2000 by David Ehrenstein, William Morrow & Co. 1998
  12. Honeycomb by Adela Rogers St. John, Doubleday & Co, 1969
  13. GWTW: The Making of Gone with the Wind by Gavin Lambert, Little, Brown & Co, 1973
  14. Hollywood: The First 100 Years by Bruce T. Torrence, New York Zoetrope, 1979
  15. The First Lady of Hollywood: A Biography of Louella Parsons by Samantha Barbas, Uni of California Press, 2005
  16. Hollywood in Vintage Postcards by Rod Kennedy Jr, Elizabeth Ellis, Richard T. Ingram, Gibbs Smith 2003
  17. Mike Connolly and the Manly Art of Hollywood Gossip by Val Holley, McFarland & Co, 2003
  18. My Wicked, Wicked Ways by Errol Flynn, Cooper Square Press (2002)
  19. Merchant of Dreams: Louis B. Mayer and the Secret Hollywood by Charles Higham, Laurel Books, 1993
  20. Nazimova: A Biography by Gavin Lambert, Knopf, 1997
  21. Movie Time: A Chronology of Hollywood and the Movie Industry from Its Beginnings to the Present by Gene Brown, Macmillan, 1995
  22. The Fifty-year Decline and Fall of Hollywood by Ezra Goodman, MacFadden Books, 1962
  23. Timetables of American History, edited by Laurence Durang, 1996
  24. Robert Benchley: A biography by Nathaniel Benchley, McGraw-Hill, 1955
  25. The Movie Lover’s Guide to Hollywood by Richard Alleman, Harper Colophon Books, 1985
  26. Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? By Marion Meade, Penguin Books, 1987
  27. Voices offstage: A book of memoirs by Marc Connelly, Holt, Rinehart & Winston Inc, 1968
  28. The Hollywood Reporter: The Golden Years by Tichi Wilkerson & Marcia Borie, Howard McCann, 1984
  29. By a stroke of luck!: An autobiography by Donald Ogden Stewart, Paddington Press, 1975
  30. Confessions of a Hollywood Columnist by Sheilah Graham, Bantam Books, 1969
  31. Hollywood Revisited by Sheilah Graham, St Martin’s Press, 1984
  32. Crazy Sundays: F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood by Aaron Latham, Pocket Books, 1972
  33. Beloved Infidel by Sheilah Graham & Gerold Frank, Bantam Books, 1958
    -and- The Rest of the Story by Sheilah Graham, Bantam Books, 1964
  34. The Lion’s Share: the Story of an Entertainment Empire by Bosley Crowther, E. P. Dutton & Co. 1957
  35. The Shattered Silents by Alexander Walker, Harrap London, 1986
  36. George Cukor: Double Life by Patrick McGilligan, HarperPerennial, 1991
  37. Tallulah: My Autobiography by Tallulah Bankhead. Dell Books, 1962
  38. Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro by Andre Soares, St. Martin’s Press, (2002)
  39. The Man Who Invented Las Vegas by W.R. Wilkerson III, Ciro’s Books 2000
  40. Out with the Stars: Hollywood Nightlife in the Golden Era by Jim Heimann, Abbeville Press, 1985
  41. Gone Hollywood by Christopher Finch and Linda Rosenkrantz, Doubleday & company, 1979
  42. City of Nets by Otto Friedrich, Harper Perennial (2014)
  43. Growing Up in Hollywood by Robert Parrish, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1976)
  44. Don’t get me wrong – I love Hollywood by Sidney Skolsky, Putnam (1975)
  45. The Bad and the Beautiful: Hollywood in the Fifties by Sam Kashner, Jennifer Macnair, W. W. Norton (2003)
  46. The Times We Had by Marion Davies, Ballantine Books (1977)
  47. The Glamour Factory: Inside Hollywood’s Big Studio System by Ronald L. Davis, Southern Methodist University Press, 1993
  48. Chasen’s: Where Hollywood Dined by Betty Goodwin. Angel City Press, 1996
  49. Hollywood du Jour by Betty Goodwin, Angel City Press, 1993
  50. Hollywood Anecdotes by Paul F. Jr Boller, Ballantine Books, 1987
  51. A Private View by Irene Mayer Selznick, Knopf (1983)
  52. Hollywood by Garson Kanin, Bantam (1976)
  53. The wit and wisdom of Hollywood; from the Squaw Man to the Hatchet Man by Max Wilk, Scribner (1971)
  54. Gaudy Spree: The Literary Life of Hollywood in the 1930’s when the West Was Fun by Sam Marx, Ed Breslin, Franklin Watts (1990)
  55. Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood by Cari Beauchamp, University of California Press, 1997
  56. Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940: How Americans Lived Through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression – David E. Kyvig, Ivan R. Dee, 2004
  57. Hollywood Leg Man by Jaik Rosenstein, Madison Press, 1950
  58. The Making of Citizen Kane by Robert Carrringer, University of California Press, 1985
  59. The Sewing Circle by Axel Madsen, Birch Lane Press, 1995
  60. Gay L.A. by Stuart Timmons and Lillian Faderman, Basic Books, 2006
  61. Hollywood 1900-1950 In Vintage Postcards by Thomas Dangcil, Arcadia Publishing, 2002
  62. Hollywood in the Forties by Charles Higham, Joel Greenberg
  63. Lamparski’s Hidden Hollywood by Richard Lamparski, Simon & Schuster, 1981
  64. The 1940s: Decade of Triumph and Trouble by Cabell Phillips, Macmillan, 1975
  65. The Grove Book of Hollywood by Christopher Silvester, Grove Press, 2007
  66. Hollywood Remembered: An Oral History of Its Golden Age by Paul Zollo, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2011
  67. Hollywoodland U.S.A.: The moviegoer’s guide to Southern California by John Pashdag, Chronicle Books, 1984
  68. The Irish peacock: The confessions of a legendary talent agent by Billy Grady, Arlington House, 1972
  69. Dancing in the Dark by Howard Dietz, Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co., 1974
  70. Through the Decades: 1940s by Michael V. Uschan, Lucent Books, 1999
  71. Everyday Life from Prohibition through World War II by Marcus McCutcheon, Writer’s Digest Books, 1995
  72. The Hollywood Writers’ Wars by Nancy Lynn Schwartz, Sheila Schwartz, Knopf, 1982
  73. On Cukor by Gavin Lambert, Robert Trachtenberg
  74. I’d Hate Myself in the Morning by Ring Lardner Jr., Victor S. Navasky, Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2000
  75. Hollywood Red: The Autobiography of Lester Cole by Lester Cole, Ramparts Press, 1981
  76. Bogart by A. M. Sperber and Eric Lax, William Morrow & Co, 1997
  77. Hollywood’s Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration by Thomas Doherty, Columbia University Press, 2007
  78. Howard Hughes: The Untold Story by Peter Harry Brown & Pat H. Broeske, Da Capo Press, 1996
  79. America In The 1940s (Decades of American History) by Charles A. Wills, Facts on File, Inc, 2006
  80. Historical Dictionary of the 1950s by James S Olson, Greenwood Press, 2000
  81. Scoundrel Time by Lillian Hellman, Back Bay Books, 1976
  82. The Way We Really Were: The Golden State in the 2nd Great War by Roger W. Lotchin (Editor), University of Illinois Press, 2000
  83. A Child of the Century by Ben Hecht, Primus, 1954
  84. The 1930s (Decades of the 20th Century) by Nicholas Yapp
  85. The 1940s (Decades of the 20th Century) by Nicholas Yapp
  86. The 1950s (Decades of the 20th Century) by Nicholas Yapp
  87. The Golden Days of San Simeon and the Hollywood stars who glittered there by Ken Murray, Murmar Publishing; Reprint. edition (1995
  88. Mr. Confidential: The Man, the Magazine & the Movieland Massacre by Samuel Bernstein, Walford Press, 2006
  89. The Fifties: The Way We Really Were by Douglas T. Miller & Marion Nowak , Doubleday, 1975
  90. Hollywood in the Thirties by John Baxter, A. S. Barnes & Co., New York, 1968
  91. Los Angeles: The Enormous Village by John D. Weaver, Capra Press, 1980
  92. My Story by Ava Gardner, Bantam, 1990
  93. The Fifties by David Halberstam, Ballantine Books, 1994
  94. Dark Victory by Ed Sikov, Henry Holt & Co, 2007
  95. The Fifties: Transforming the Screen, 1950-1959 (History of the American Cinema) by Peter Lev, University of California Press, 2003
  96. The Fixers: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine by E. J. Fleming, McFarland & Co., 2005
  97. Metropolis in the making: Los Angeles in the 1920s – Edited by Tom Sitton and William Deverell
  98. J. Edgar Hoover: the Man and the Secrets by Curt Gentry, W.W. Norton & Company, 1991
  99. The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s by Piers Brendon, Vintage Books, 2000
  100. Rock Hudson: His Story by Rock Hudson, Sara Davidson, Carroll & Graf  publishers, 1986
  101. Hollywood Heat: Untold Stories of 1950s Hollywood by Steve Rowland, The Book Guild, 2008
  102. Moving Pictures: Memories of a Hollywood Prince by Budd Schulberg, Open Road Media, 2012
  103. Ingrid Bergman – A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler, Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2008
  104. Southern California in the 1950s by Charles Phoenix, Angel City Press, 2011
  105. MGM – When The Lion Roars by Peter Hay, Turner Publishing, 1991
  106. A Star Is Born: The Making of the 1954 Movie and its 1983 Restoration by Ronald Haver, Perennial Library 1988
  107. MGM – Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot by by Steven Bingen, Stephen X. Sylvester, Michael Troyan, Santa Monica Press, 2011
  108. By Myself – And Then Some by Lauren Bacall, Harper, 2006
  109. Kay Thompson – from Funny Face to Eloise by Sam Irvin, Simon & Schuster, 2010
  110. The Civil War on the Screen by Jack Spears, A. S. Barnes & Co. 1977
  111. The Story of Hollywood by Gregory Jack Williams, BL Press, 2012
  112. The Hollywood Story by Joel  W. Finler, Wallflower Press, 2003
  113. Mickey Cohen – the Life and Crimes of L.A.’s Most Notorious Mobster by Tere Tereba, ECW Press, 2012
  114. Los Feliz and the Silent Film Era by Donald a. Seligman, Sheridan Books Inc, 2013
  115. Sins of the City by Jim Heiman, Chonicle Books, 1999
  116. Stanwyck by Axel Madsen, HarperCollins, 1994
  117. The Hollywood Canteen by Lisa Mitchel and Bruce Torrance, BearManor Media, 2012
  118. The Westmores of Hollywood by Frank Westmore and Muriel Davidson, Lippincott, 1976
  119. Max Factor: The Man Who Changed the Faces of the World by Fred E. Baston, Arcade Publishing, 2008
  120. Edith Head’s Hollywood by Edith Head and Paddy Calistro, Angel City Press, 2008
  121. Tinseltown, Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann, Harper, 2014
  122. LA Noir by John Buntin, Broadway Books, 2009
  123. Close up on “Sunset Boulevard” by Sam Staggs, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2002
  124. Studio Affairs by Vincent Sherman, University Press of Kentucky, 1996
  125. Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford, William Morrow & Co., 1978
  126. Edmund Goulding’s Dark Victory: Hollywood’s Genius Bad Boy by Matthew Kennedy, University of Wisconsin Press, 2004
  127. The Genius of the System – Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era by Thomas Schatz, University of Wisconsin Press, 2010
  128. Dream Palaces – Hollywood at Home by Charles Lockwood, Viking Press, 1981
  129. All About ‘All About Eve’ by Sam Staggs, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2001
  130. It’s the Pictures that got Small – Charles Bracket on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden AgeEdited by Anthony Slide, Columbia University Press, 2015
  131. Zanuck: the rise and fall of Hollywood’s Last Tycoon by Leonard Mosley, Little, Brown & Co, 1984
  132. Mary Astor’s Purple Diary by Edward Sorel, Liveright, 2016
  133. Uncommon Knowledge by Judy Lewis, Pocket Books, 1994
  134. Goddess of Love Incarnate: the Life of Stripteuse of Lili St. Cyr by Leslie Zemeckis, Counterpoint 2015
  135. Fifth Ave, 5AM: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wesson, Harper Perennial, 2010
  136. Memo from Darryl F. Zanuck: The Golden Years at Twentieth Century-FoxEdited Rudy Behlmer, Grove Press, 1993
  137. The Real Nick and Nora: Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Writers of Stage and Screen Classics by David L. Goodrich, Southern Illinois University Press, 2001
  138. Smart Aleck: The wit, world, and life of Alexander Woollcott by Howard Teichmann, William Morrow & Co, 1976

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11 Responses to Bibliography

  1. Edward Jones says:

    Very nice list – you may also like the book “Los Angeles In The 1930s: The WPA Guide to The City Of Angels” (UC Press)

  2. Matt Borel says:

    Priceless list. You are amazing.



    way down south)

  3. Regina says:

    I just wanted to thank you for all this wonderful information, it’s like you read my mind. Your website is exactly what I was looking for everything I love in one place

    • Hi Regina, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to tell me how much you’ve enjoyed the various info and fun facts I’ve collected about golden era Hollywood during the research for my novels. I’m glad to hear it’s everything you love in one place!

  4. Bruce says:

    Great site Martin!

    I really enjoy the Hollywood Trivia as I spent some of the most memorable years of my life in North Hollywood 1954-1959, I have a ton of memories and stories as a youth there. I’ll be back for sure, and you keep up the great work!

    Bruce (Retired in Kansas)

  5. Elizabeth Perez says:

    You’re amazing. I am very anxiously waiting to read your next book. Thank you for bringing Hollywood to life for me. Because of you I feel like I lived it…


  6. Denise Shelton says:

    Other good books on Hollywood include “Lulu in Hollywood” by Louise Brooks, “Bring on the Empty Horses” by David Niven, “Tracy and Hepburn” by Garson Kanin, “By Myself” by Lauren Bacall, and “Shelley, Also Known As Shirley” by Shelley Winters. I enjoyed your first Garden of Allah novel very much and look forward to reading more.

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