THE MEN ON MY COUCH (Berkley Books, 2012)
ALL FOR A FEW PERFECT WAVES: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora (It Books, 2008)
THE MAILROOM: A History of Hollywood, from the Bottom Up (Ballantine, 2003)Film: HBO
IT'S ALL LIES, & THAT'S THE TRUTH: And 49 More Rules From 50 Years of Trying to Make a Living in Hollywood (Gotham, 2004)by Bernie Brillstein with David Rensin
David Rensin is one of the most successful collaborators working in the business today, having written bestselling books with Tim Allen, Jeff Foxworthy, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, Yanni and legendary Hollywood manager Bernie Brillstein. His book THE MAILROOM, an oral history/sociology of what it’s like to start at the bottom in a talent agency mailroom, is required reading in boardrooms and cubicles throughout Hollywood.
Rensin’s latest collaborative book is DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T GIVE IN, written with one of America’s greatest heroes, Lous Zamperini, the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s book UNBROKEN and the feature film of the same name, detailing his extraordinary life. Faced with one misfortune after another—a plane crash, the shark-filled waters of the Pacific, a brutal Japanese prisoner of war camp—Zamperini could have given up a thousand times. Instead, he chose to see every hardship as a challenge that he was determined to overcome. Enduring the perils of World War II, Zamperini continued to find adventure at every turn—from crashing weddings to facing down Frank Sinatra in a fight to getting mixed up in a bank robbery.
In DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T GIVE IN, Zamperini and Rensin offer never-before told tales that embody Zamperini’s simple, yet essential secrets of success:how his relationship with god, his ever-positive attitude, his constant pursuit of accomplishment—and a healthy does of mischief—have helped him lead a long and fulfilled life, lessons we can all use to transfrom our own.
Rensin’s most recent solo project is ALL FOR A FEW PERFECT WAVES – an impeccably researched and reported oral and narrative biography of one of surfing’s most mysterious and seminal figures. Dora was known as “Da Cat” for his feline grace on the waves; but his legend also grew because of the mysteries that caused him to leave the country for several years, with the FBI in pursuit. This story embodies not only one man’s enigmatic life, but that all tracks the rise of celebrity culture and the growth of both a sport and post-WWII California itself. “Until now enigmatic surfer legend Miki Dora’s history was written only in water, but David Rensin’s primo All for a Few Perfect Waves catches the life of this charismatic renegade.” Vanity Fair.