This is a terrific book. It looks at the brothers Warner and the studio they created. It is crammed with information, anecdotes, and great archival pictures relating to Warner Bros/First National from its inception thru the 1950's as well as providing detailed information relating to the Warner family and their earliest ventures related to the entertainment industry. For anyone who has enjoyed the books YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS or HOLLYWOOD BE THY NAME and/or gone on the studio tour and visited the WB museum and eyed its artifacts and rotating exhibits, this book is an excellent choice to enhance one's knowledge.
I've done the studio tour many times and keep coming back. It's a terrific kick to be able to identify things I've seen in the WB movies and get a sense of the studio's history and legacy on its lot. This book kicks it up a notch in the sense that it blends fiction (the movies) with fact via production shots and candid shots of the stars (when the stars and the movies were bigger than life), and aerial pictures of the studio as it expanded and changed.
In an age when movie studios disappear or are absorbed by other companies or subdivided and sold off, this book provides a sense of continuity to one of the few motion picture studios that is still in operation and thriving. Consider this well-planned and executed book a must read for any lover of old Hollywood and the movies.