Books: Begelgate

INDECENT EXPOSURE by David McClintick Morrow; 544 pages; $17.95

Before the publication of Indecent Exposure last month, David McClintick's investigative work had become a chic bicoastal accessory. Movers, shakers and pretenders read pirated copies, chuckling over David Begelman's embezzlement of $84,000 from Columbia Pictures in 1977, which precipitated one of the most acrimonious power struggles in film history.

More accurate than elegant, McClintick's tinsel raker has attracted the general public as well as the corporate elite and has climbed onto the bestseller lists. Surprisingly, it does not peer in Bel Air bedrooms. Instead,...

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