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An intimate memoir by the controversial and outspoken, Oscar-winning director and screenwriter about his complicated New York childhood, volunteering for combat, and his struggles and triumphs making such films as Platoon, Midnight Express, and Scarface.

Before the international success of Platoon in 1986, Oliver Stone had been wounded as an infantryman in Vietnam, and spent years writing unproduced scripts while driving taxis in New York, finally venturing westward to Los Angeles and a new life. Stone, now 73, recounts those formative years with in-the-moment details of the high and low moments: We see meetings with Al Pacino over Stone’s scripts for Scarface, Platoon, and Born on the Fourth of July; the harrowing demon of cocaine addiction following the failure of his first feature, The Hand (starring Michael Caine); his risky on-the-ground research of Miami drug cartels for Scarface; his stormy relationship with The Deer Hunter director Michael Cimino; the breathless hustles to finance the acclaimed and divisive Salvador; and tensions behind the scenes of his first Academy Award-winning film, Midnight Express.

Chasing the Light is a true insider’s look at Hollywood’s years of upheaval in the 1970s and ’80s. Narrated by the author.

©2020 Oliver Stone (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Storytelling at its finest.

This is a wonderful, thoughtful and unabashed look into the mind of an auteur filmmaker. Stone leaves no stone unturned, with the voice of a commander, the brain of an ancient Greek historian, the specificity of a warrior, and the heart of a loving mother. To any Ollie fans this is a NO BRAINER, but to those unfamiliar with his genius.. I say, take the leap and buy this book. Even better, buy the audible version and treat yourself to the author's unique and mystifying storytelling ability. FIVE STARS across the board. Bravo, Mr. Stone or should I say, Tres Magnifique!

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Great Book

There's insight and advice for everyone no matter who you are or where you are in life. its a good story that shows how consistent effort brings results in time.

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Excellent book

Very candid and well told story about the courage to go after your dreams and go through all the shit it takes to achieve them. A filmmaker guide through journey of a master award winning filmmaker.
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Pleasure Listen

I became annoyed with the reckless use of generalties, which always carry injustice with blanket condemnation upon an entire species. "Americans" "American mothers" etc etc. However, I've found writers are commonly reckless with the truth. (That was an example of a reckless generalty) But he quickly redeems himself with brilliant, brilliant, narration. In fact, if there was an oscar for narration, Oliver Stone would have won an oscar for this performance. He is a very good story teller.

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One of the Best I Have Listened To

I didn't know much about Oliver Stone. I have seen some of his movies, but not much beyond that.

This was a superbly written book. His narration was so powerful. He doesn't hide from the warts of his life and his many failures. But you champion him along the way and cheer when he does reach success.

This book covers the first 40 years of his life. I can't wait to hear about the the rest of it.

A higher recommendation I cannot give, Enjoy!

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Stone’s Honesty

Oliver Stone exposes the truth about his screenwriting and directing as he does about the subjects of his movies. His honesty is refreshing and necessary for people to understand.

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The Amazing TRUTH told!

Such an inspiration is Mr. Oliver Stone for the new generation which is dazzled nowadays by the misinformation and glamour of the media. There can be no greater purpose in life than to proclaim the truth. Oliver has done it throughout his life. What a life!

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love Oliver Stone

great listen...Mr. Stone gives great inside information I rewatched Salvador Platoon 4th of July .

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Very interesting

I haven't seen very many Oliver Stone movies. I do think that it was an interesting story and chapter in his life.
Interesting in all areas..whether or not you are fond of him it's a great reminder that some people of Hollywood are not born with a silver spoon in their mouth, and/or as Hollywood Elite. He went off to war before coming to Hollywood so their were no cameras seeing him off or welcoming him home. He is liked and disliked. It's a good book and he does a good reading.. somewhat quiet.

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Outstanding Book 😎

Highly recommend this outstanding memoir written and read by Oliver Stone, author, producer, director reflecting on his movies based on his service in Vietnam and so much more !