Ben Hecht (Digital Audiobook)
Fighting Words, Moving Pictures
Publication Date: December 9, 2019
He was, according to Pauline Kael, "the greatest American screenwriter." Jean-Luc Godard called him "a genius" who "invented eighty percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today." Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts—including Scarface, Twentieth Century, and Notorious—Ben Hecht was known in his day as ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs. During World War II, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine's Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared "child of the century" came to embody much that defined America—especially Jewish America—in his time.
Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman's vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life on the page. Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman—critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics—is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes.
About the Author
Adina Hoffman is an award-winning essayist and biographer. She is the author of several books, including Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City, My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century, and Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures. Adina lives in Jerusalem and New Haven.