There are few people who know (and can explain) the inner machinations of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but if anyone can do it, Bruce Davis is that man. I am thrilled that there is finally a serious history of the organization and the people behind it, with names that you’ll recognize and those you won’t. This is the definitive history of the Academy: it deserves a place on one’s shelf, or inside one’s Kindle. Mr. Davis’s magnum opus is essential reading for any serious cinephile.