Instant New York Times Bestseller
“A chronicle of vaunting ambition, immense wealth and power, and personal betrayal all the more astonishing in a business ostensibly built on loyalty and trust… Even more impressive is Miller’s ability to get nearly everyone involved not only to talk but also to go on the record.” — James B. Stewart, New York Times Book Review
“The year’s hottest Hollywood tell-all.” — New York Daily News
"Powerhouse tracks not only the talent agency's trajectory from its founding more than 40 years ago but also the concurrent revolution of the entire industry." — Wall Street Journal
"A primer on the agency's influence...If this isn't an authorized group biography, it's the next best thing." — Janet Maslin, New York Times
“Probably the most hotly anticipated book since Julia Phillips’s tell-all You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again.” — Variety
“Eminently readable and moves at a fast pace thanks to dozens of fascinating celebrity stories.” — Mashable
JAMES ANDREW MILLER is an award-winning journalist and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN; Live from New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests, which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list; and Running in Place: Inside the Senate, also a bestseller. He has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and many others. He is a graduate of Occidental College, Oxford University, and Harvard Business School, all with honors.
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“Magisterial. . . . In telling the story of CAA, Miller is really telling the story of Hollywood in the late 20th and early 21st Century. . . . A must read for anyone who wants to . . . know how Hollywood works.” -- Hollywood Reporter (#1 Best Entertainment Book of the Year)
From the #1 bestselling author behind acclaimed oral histories of Saturday Night Live and ESPN comes “the most hotly anticipated book [in decades]” (Variety): James Andrew Miller’s irresistible insider chronicle of the modern entertainment industry, told through the epic story of Creative Artists Agency (CAA)--the ultimate power player that has represented the world’s biggest stars and shaped the landscape of film, television, comedy, music, and sports.
Started in 1975, when five bright and brash upstarts left creaky William Morris to form their own innovative talent agency, CAA would come to revolutionize Hollywood, representing everyone from Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro, and Steven Spielberg to Jennifer Lawrence, J.J. Abrams, Will Smith, and Brad Pitt. Over the next decades its tentacles would spread aggressively into sports, advertising, and digital media. Powerhouse is the fascinating, ho-holds-barred saga of that ascent. Drawing on unprecedented and exclusive access to the men and women who built and battled with CAA--including co-founders Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer and rivals like Ari Emanuel of William Morris Endeavor--as well as the stars themselves, Miller spins a unique and unforgettable tale of brilliance, ambition, betrayal, and outrageous success.