Books by Ted Schwarz

Released: July 1, 2008

"A punishing read, filled with righteous anger and fuzzy on details."
Veteran true-crime/entertainment scribe Schwarz (Hollywood Confidential: How the Studios Beat the Mob at Their Own Game, 2007, etc.) charts the lurid life and times of a stripper. Read full book review >
Released: April 26, 1997

"An attempt at a fair hearing for the headline heiress that is negated by trivia and hearsay. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Another go at the story of billionaire heiress Doris Duke that raises more questions than it answers about her life, her death, and her last will and testament. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Useful information combined with an honest and warmhearted account of a couple becoming a family, best suited for others considering adoption of troubled children. (Author tour)"
Part memoir, part manual, this is the story of a middle-age white couple who adopted a black toddler born addicted to a pharmacy of recreational drugs. ``I never wanted to be a father,'' writes journalist Schwarz (Walking with the Damned, 1992, etc.), blaming an unhappy childhood. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A Geraldo show waiting to happen, with the laughs courtesy of Roseanne."
Standard entertainment news, with a sad story and some interesting Barr background, from a sibling with an ax to grind. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

An angry and vengeful account of an act of possibly-not- gratuitous violence that turned a 14-year-old into a quadriplegic. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 29, 1993

Move over, Mata Hari: Here are the wild—if nearly incredible- -adventures of a new Jane Bond, told with the help of Schwarz (Walking with the Damned, 1991, etc.). ``He held my face in his hands and kissed me—my first kiss....`Be with me,' he whispered.'' The amorous ``he'' is none other than Fidel Castro, flush from conquering Cuba seven weeks earlier but not too busy to notice the pretty 19-year-old visiting Havana with her father. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"As a brief for MacDonald, too obviously slanted to be convincing; nonetheless, a powerful tale of ethnic awakening. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen)"
The autobiography-cum-exoneration of MacDonald, once tribal chairman of the Navajo Nation, now a prisoner in a Navajo jail. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A huge drama full of players on the grand scale, none of whom comes alive within the confines of this treatment."
Tedious account of riveting events surrounding Count Folke Bernadotte's release of prisoners from German concentration camps and his subsequent assassination, by Schwarz (co-author, The Peter Lawford Story, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 1991

"Perversely fascinating, but MacDonald's painting himself as a victim of history and politics will convince few. (Twenty-one pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Here, deposed Navajo tribal chairman MacDonald, convicted last fall of corruption, tells (with the aid of Schwarz—The Hillside Strangler, etc.) his side of the story. Read full book review >