Celebrity Picks: Bryan Cranston's Favorite Reads of 2016

BryanCranston-225Bryan Cranston has a confession to make.

In the last few years the only books I have read are directly related to work. It’s sad really. But thinking about the books I’ve enjoyed has re-stimulated my interest to get back to reading simply for the pure joy of it. That being said, here are three books that helped me immeasurably in preparing for roles that I played recently.

See Cranston's picks below, and look here for more celebrity favorites. Learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year. And don't forget his riveting new memoir, A Life in Parts.


Bryan Cranston's favorite reads of 2016

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Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Doris knew Johnson well, so she has a unique point of view on the complexity of the 36th president, which was incredibly helpful for me in creating a foundation for playing this enormous character on stage and on screen.
 

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Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook
When shooting the film we often referred back to Bruce’s thorough account of the rise of the red scare and the suspension of civil rights and disregard for the First Amendment. Playing the titular character was made easier by keeping the ‘Cook Book’ close at hand.
 

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The Infiltrator: The True Story of One Man Against the Biggest Drug Cartel in History by Robert Mazur
What better way to get inside the skin of a person than to learn it from the man himself? Being undercover was a lot like being an actor – except if Bob messed up he couldn’t just do it over. His story is harrowing and heroic.
 

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