Book to Read: Billy Wilder on Assignment by Noah Isenberg

About the book: Before Billy Wilder directed iconic films like Sunset Boulevard and Some Like It Hot, he was a freelance reporter in Vienna and Weimar Berlin. Billy Wilder on Assignment brings together more than 50 essays written by Wilder during his early journalist years 1925-1930; these essays have been translated into English for the first time by Shelley Frisch. The essays include a humorous account of Wilder’s stint as a hired dancing companion in a posh Berlin hotel,  his dispatches from the international film scene, to profiles of writers, performers, and political figures.

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About the Author: As you may remember, Noah is the author of the recent book We’ll Always Have ‘Casablanca’: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie,  which earned a spot on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list and was named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review. His writing has also appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Paris Review Daily, New York Review of Books Daily,The Daily Beast, and more.

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