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Maureen Ryan’s high-profile Hollywood exposé has stormed to the top of the bestsellers chart less than 24 hours after its release.
Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood sheds light on the exploitative practices of Hollywood corporations and executives, exposing alarming allegations on shows like Lost, restrain your enthusiasm And Saturday Night Liveamong other things.
Ryan’s latest, released June 6 by Mariner Books, immediately soared to multiple bestsellers lists on Amazon — and the hardcover, audiobook, and Kindle edition quickly occupied the top three slots on Amazon’s TV History and Criticism list.
A longtime entertainment journalist (who has written for outlets including The Hollywood Reporter And Vanity Fair), Ryan spent more than two years interviewing actors, writers, producers, and studio executives to provide an unflinching, behind-the-scenes look at the harassment, bias, and intimidation tactics commonly employed by industry decision-makers.
Among the celebrities interviewed for the book: Evan Rachel Wood, Harold Perrineau, Damon Lindelof, and Orlando Jones, while Ryan also tackles controversies at companies like Lucasfilm and shows like The Goldbergs And Sleepy cavity.
Mariner Books says Ryan’s book helps “illuminate the deeper forces that perpetuate Hollywood’s subversive culture.” As the editor’s note states, “Ryan is blowing the lid on the patterns of harassment and bias in Hollywood, the ongoing grassroots reform, and the labor and activist revolutions that fueled recent scandals.”
Burn it off is available for $20 on Amazon (a current subscription saves you 37 percent off the listed price of $32.50). You can also buy Burn it off for Kindle, or listen to it as an audiobook (Amazon has a 30-day free trial for Audible, which lets you listen to Burn it off free).
In a recent podcast interview with THRRyan refutes claims that the book was a “messy money grab”, telling co-hosts Lesley Goldberg and Daniel Fienberg that she believes these are necessary stories to tell.