I read this book about a year or two ago. It has 100 short biographies of personalities from the silent film era. This is a good intro book if your starting to get into the films of the silent era like I am. And want to familiarize your self with the people you see on the silent screen. While it doesn't cover every person who were silent actors/actresses/directors, etc many of the more well known, and some obscure personalities are profiled in the book. Needless to say I highly recommend it.