Though there is a geographic area within Los Angeles that calls itself Hollywood, a struggling residential and commercial agglomeration on the city's northwest side, the Hollywood known on Earth and maybe beyond as the movie capital of the world is not really a geographic community.
To aid the curious in search of the Hollywood beyond touring Universal Studios, glimpsing the "Walk of Fame" stars embedded in select sidewalks, following the dated movie star maps hawked on Sunset Boulevard and the often misleading directions of locals, Richard Alleman has compiled a comprehensive, well-organized and well-written guide.
In addition to the obvious landmarks found in the more general guidebooks, such as the grand old movie palaces, the sprawling studios and garish homes of former stars, Alleman has added the less well-known industry haunts and hangouts, the more modest houses and hotels where stars lived, trysted and died, and the cemeteries in which they and their pets are buried. It is a "Hollywood" that extends far across the Los Angeles landscape.
Indeed, it seems that almost every structure or site that in some way was touched by the movies or a star is included; Alleman adhering to the rule that in compiling a guide it almost always is better to be inclusive rather than exclusive. Actually, the maps could have been a bit more inclusive, as well as better designed. But the addresses are there, and Alleman does advise the serious sightseer to consult more detailed maps.