Thursday, April 15, 2010

The View from the Bridge - Book Review

The View from the Bridge
by Nicholas Meyer
Viking Books 2009

Nicholas Meyer, for those of you who don't know, is an American screenwriter. He wrote the novel of the 1976 movie The Seven Percent Solution. He also wrote parts of the screenplay for Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (the one about the whales in San Francisco).

Nicholas Meyer is also a director. He directed Star Trek 2 - The Wrath of Khan, and Star Trek 6 - The Undiscovered Country.

This book is his memoir from his college days in Iowa up until 1991 when Star Trek 6 was released. There are also a few chapters covering the last 19 years, but the bulk of the book is about Meyers college education and his job as a film press agent in New York City up until Star Trek 6. Meyer also wrote a book - The Love Story story (the behind the scenes story of filming the 1970 movie Love Story). This book financed his trip to Hollywood.

Meyer also gives some behind the scenes details about the making of Star Trek 2 and Star Trek 6. Star Trek 2 covers 50 pages - 20% of the book but all very interesting.

If you like Star Trek as much as I do, you have to read this autobiography. It's not a long book - only 240 pages. I really enjoyed it.

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