Book Review: ‘An Army of Phantoms’

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Today I’m reviewing Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War by J. Hoberman.

This is a really interesting non-fiction book. If you’re into Hollywood history at all, I highly recommend you read it. The book goes into all sorts of detail about the different aspects of the Cold War and how Hollywood contributed to it.

Not only in terms of the blacklist, but the movies that were made at that time: the war movies, the sci-fi movies, the horror movies, all of it. And it reads like a series of film reviews, in addition to being a historical book, so it’s highly entertaining. This guy really writes well and paints a picture for you. And so I highly recommend the book if you’re interested in Hollywood history and the Cold War years and the blacklist, in particular.

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That’s it. I’ll talk to you later.

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PS: You can watch my review here! 🙂

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PPS: And speaking of Cold War entertainment, here’s something pretty awesome!

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Originally published at on May 9, 2019.

New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including the Sam McRae Mystery series. Screenwriter, podcaster, and blogger. My website:

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