An empire of their own how the jews invented hollywood neal gabler on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a provocative original and richly entertaining group biography of the jewish immigrants who were the moving forces behind the creation of americas motion picture industry the names harry cohn. An empire of their own how the jews invented hollywood is a 1988 non fiction book whose topic is the careers of several prominent jewish film producers in the early years of hollywoodauthor neal gabler focuses on the psychological motivations of these film moguls arguing that their background as jewish immigrants from eastern europe shaped their careers and influenced the movies they made. Undoubtedly the subtitle was changed to how the jews invented hollywood to promote more effectively the myth that jews singlehandedly created the film industry reading an empire of their own may cause one to be ultra conscious of whether a film producer director actor or technician is jewish or not one reviewer has written that if misread . Hollywoods jews an empire of their own how the jews invented hollywood by neal gabler crown 560 pp 2495 the overall thesis of this long meandering book is that the immigrant jews who started the american film industry had an outsiders yearning to become part of american society that their films reflected an idealized version of america and that these films in turn became so
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