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William Fox has been hiding in plain sight, and Ms. Krefft has done an extraordinary job of putting him in the spotlight through exhaustive research in archives and libraries across America. The book is an immensely valuable resource...simultaneously a great American success story and a shudder-provoking cautionary tale. -- The <em>Wall Street Journal</em> Krefft captures both the culture of the origins of cinema as a business and the many fascinating personalities at play within the narrative. No longer Hollywood's forgotten pioneer, William Fox now has the history he deserves. -- The <em>Washington Post</em> Life, ever unfair, had its way with the fantastic Mr. Fox. Yet Krefft reminds us, in this big, brassy production of a book, of his grand legacy. -- USA Today (four stars) Whether Krefft is describing how Fox built his studio, ushered in the talkies, or weathered a litany of troubles-bankruptcy, jail time for trying to bribe a judge, and poor health-in his later years, her attention to detail makes for gripping storytelling. -- Publishers Weekly Krefft's thoroughly researched, engagingly written book shows this scrappy visionary to be an enabler of the best sort of talent. -- Huffington Post, Best Film Books of 2017 Stunningly researched, lucidly told, and consistently illuminating, The Man Who Made the Movies is actually the story of America: the tale of an immigrant who rises high, a captain of industry capturing dreams, a visionary later forgotten after the forces he helped to broker bring him down. -- Brenda Wineapple, award-winning author of <em>Ecstatic Nation</em> and <em>White Heat</em> The most exciting new biography I have read in years. The rags-to-riches tale of William Fox, a fascinating though inexplicably neglected figure in our history, is as big and vibrant as the film industry he helped to found.... Rich in conflict, teeming with energy, and impossible to resist. -- John Matteson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <em>Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father</em> A big dig of a book, a nuanced human portrait as well as a sweeping financial chronicle, excavating William Fox from ancient burial grounds and restoring his preeminence as the T-Rex and Volpone of American silent film. -- -Patrick McGilligan, author of <em>Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to </em>Citizen Kane Krefft provides an in-depth overview of the early film industry and a lucid assessment of Fox's role in advancing the technology, art, and business of making films. -- Kirkus Reviews a celebration of Fox's spirit, his determination, and his lasting impact on the motion picture industry. -- Booklist Vanda Krefft has written a fascinating, capacious examination of a forgotten man and key figure in the development of American film. William Fox leapt from running a business that pre-shrunk cloth to expanding the national and global reach of American movies, their artistic ambitions, and their technical capabilities, including sound and the wide screen. Few books have captured so acutely the exhilaration of an entrepreneur creating a company in his own image and influencing the course of an entire industry-or have rendered so harrowingly the tragedy of such a man losing control. In an era when too many film historians either subscribe to the genius of the system or anoint old-time directors as gods, Krefft offers multifaceted analyses of how Fox's own concerns helped ignite the talents of great directors and led to classics like John Ford's Iron Horse. When other executives were establishing infamous traditions like the casting couch, Fox worked with a discipline and personal integrity that should be inspirational today. -- Michael Sragow, author of <em>Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master</em> Krefft has devoted years to her research and has emerged with a story that is not only fascinating, but surprisingly revelatory for an historical figure as high-profile as this one. Fox's story is filled with colorful incident and surprising reversals of fortune, and moreover is beautifully written here. -- J.B. Kaufman, film historian