Gremlins 2: Daniel Clamp's autobiography "I Took Manhattan"

"Buy this book...before the author buys you!" states the infamous back cover of Daniel Clamp's "I Took Manhattan" featured in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. This beautiful book cover prop was kindly donated by John Glover.


Clamp I Took Manhattan Book with John Glover as Daniel Clamp

Daniel Clamp I Took Manhattan Book

Generously gifted by actor John Glover


In the film Gremlins 2, Daniel Clamp (played by John Glover) is the wealthy and powerful owner of the Clamp Center, a skyscraper in Manhattan. He is portrayed as a ruthless businessman who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. The novel "I Took Manhattan" is said to be his autobiography, in which he boasts about his exploits and conquests in the cutthroat world of Manhattan real estate.

"Want to know about New York?

Ask the man who owns it!"

While the novel is not a real publication, its inclusion in the movie serves to satirize the idea of the wealthy elite writing self-aggrandizing memoirs. The film presents Clamp as a figure to be mocked, his book as a symbol of his vanity and his inability to see beyond his own interests.

Clamp I Took Manhattan Book Detail
Clamp I Took Manhattan Book Detail
Clamp I Took Manhattan Book Back

The book cover came to us courtesy of Daniel Clamp himself, John Glover. It's a treasured addition to our collection.

John Glover Gremlins Group Photo
Woman holding Daniel Clamp's book
Gremlins with Clamp Book