Schmidt skillfully weaves together the most important events and prominent figures of US modern history, reinterpreting events with the benefit of hindsight and an in-depth knowledge of the greatest American conspiracy theories. He takes us into Marilyn Monroe’s bedroom, J. Edgar Hoover’s wardrobe and JFK’s cabinet meetings. From here, he leads us into the brutality of assassination – JFK, Martin Luther King Jr and Bobby Kennedy – and thence to the quagmire of Vietnam.
A stirring and topical must-read.
About the Author:
California-based Rick Schmidt is the writer/director of over twenty independent features. These include the iconoclastic Emerald Cities and Sundance Grand-Prize nominated Morgan’s Cake, released since his feature film debut of A Man, a Woman, and a Killer (co-directed with Wayne Wang, Joy Luck Club, Smoke, etc.). Schmidt’s bestselling guides, Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices and Extreme DV (Penguin Books), are considered classics.
Black President is his first novel."