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American Dream Machine

by Matthew Specktor

American Dream Machine
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2013, 464 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2014, 464 pages

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Epic in its scope, American Dream Machine narrates the story of how talent agent Beau Rosenwald made his way to the near top of the food chain with practically no professional skills but plenty of street smarts.

Early on in the powerful book, American Dream Machine, the twenty-something narrator Nate Rosenwald makes his intentions clear. "This story I have to tell doesn't have much to do with me," he says, "but it isn't about some bored actress and her existential crises, a troubled screenwriter who comes to his senses and hightails it back to Illinois. It's not about the vacuous horror of the California dream. It's something that could've happened anywhere else in the world, but instead settled, inexplicably, here."

This "something," is the fictional story of the rise and eventual irrelevance (if not necessarily fall) of Nate's dad, Beau Rosenwald. Epic in its scope, American Dream Machine narrates the story of how this talent agent made his way to the near top of the food chain with practically no professional skills but plenty of street smarts. The novel is epic in scope as it charts Beau'...

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