If you are currently looking for some reading recommendations heading into the holiday season, Tuesday’s episode of The Megyn Kelly Show offered a couple for your consideration that span very different topics.
‘Hollywood and Hitler’
For starters, Megyn and the hosts of The Fifth Column – Kmele Foster, Michael Moynihan, and Matt Welch – were discussing the behavior of top American business leaders who gave Chinese President Xi Jinping a standing ovation at a dinner in San Francisco earlier this month.
Moynihan was explaining how U.S. executives have long-struggled with how to deal with foreign adversaries while protecting business interests abroad and pointed to a book he is currently reading by historian Thomas Doughty titled Hollywood and Hitler.
The non-fiction tome specifically focuses on the entertainment industry from 1933 to 1939 and “is about how all the studios that were owned and run by Jewish guys like the Warners and the Mayers basically had to compromise in certain ways because Germany was a big market and they wanted to sell their films in Germany,” Moynihan shared. “There was a big debate about whether we should make films that even attack Adolf Hitler.”
‘My Name Is Barbra’
While Megyn joked her reading tastes are not “quite that high brow,” Moynihan’s recommendation led her to give her own. “I am enjoying my current book, which is the autobiography of Barbra Streisand, My Name Is Barbra,” she shared. “I am listening to the audiobook and she reads it herself.”
Megyn admitted that she is aware Streisand’s politics are “very, very different” than her own, but she is not letting that get in the way. “I admire her, and I respect what she’s achieved,” she said. “Did you know that for most of her childhood, she had no idea she could sing? She just wanted to be an actress, and it wasn’t until sort of late into her teens that she realized, ‘People seem to enjoy my singing, maybe I can do some of that.’”
The memoir is also peppered with “all sorts of interesting stories about people like Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty and Marlon Brando,” she added. “It’s fascinating so far, and I like the way she reads it too.”
You can check out Megyn’s full interview with The Fifth Column by tuning in to episode 676 on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. And don’t forget that you can catch The Megyn Kelly Show live on SiriusXM’s Triumph (channel 111) weekdays from 12pm to 2pm ET.