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So this book has been mentioned a few times in threads devoted to John Ford or WW2 films, but it's such a good book that it deserves its own thread. Mark Harris really does a masterful job of weaving together cinema history, war history, and biography in a way that was a page-turner for me. Even as I struggle to focus with COVID stress, I blew through its 450 pages in less than a week. It's also a case of reading a book at the right time. When there are so many examples of institutional and individual cowardice these days, it's invigorating to read of five leading writer/directors who