The cover image (a b&w photo of Vivien Leigh lit to cast a huge shadow)serves as a preview for what the reader will find inside. Gone With the Wind became a phenomenon which dominated the lives of all involved with it, and in producer David O. Selznick's case, might have destroyed his. The book provided escape for a Depression-weary reading oublic, while the movie entertained with perfectly-cast actors giving passionate, committed performances of a literate screenplay. Film audiences still reeling from the Depression could and did cheer the heroine who shook her fist at Heaven and challenged God to watch as she vowed never to be hungry again.
The author analyzes the main creators of GWTW, and shows how each of them brought emotional and temperamental parts of themselves to the book and movie. After reading this, GWTW haters might still hate, but hopefully they will grudgingly acknowledge the substance behind the 70 plus years of success which GWTW has enjoyed.
Film lovers, history lovers,GWTW lovers, feminist scholars and those who merely want something different to read should take note.