In this meticulously researched biography, David Luhrssen paints the influential director, Mamoulian, as a socially conscious artist who sought to successfully combine art and commercial entertainment.
Public interest in Adolf Hitler and all aspects of the Third Reich continues to grow as new generations ponder the moral questions surrounding Nazi Germany and its historical legacy. One aspect of Nazism that has not received sufficient attention from historians of the Third Reich is the doctrine’s origins in the Thule Society and its covert activities. A Munich occult group with a political agenda, the Thule Society was led by Rudolf von Sebottendorff, a German commoner who had been adopted by nobility during a sojourn in the Ottoman Empire. After returning to Europe, Sebottendorff embraced a form of theosophy that stressed the racial superiority of Aryans. The Thule Society attempted to ...
“At last, a biography of Herbert Hoover that captures the man in full… [Jeansonne] has splendidly illuminated the arc of one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century.”—David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of Freedom from Fear Prizewinning historian Glen Jeansonne delves into the life of our most misunderstood president, offering up a surprising new portrait of Herbert Hoover—dismissing previous assumptions and revealing a political Progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt, and the most resourceful American since Benjamin Franklin. Orphaned at an early age and raised with strict Quaker values, Hoover earned his way through Stanford University. His har...
Examining one of the most popular and enduring genres of American music, this encyclopedia of classic rock from 1965 to 1975 provides an indispensable resource for cultural historians and music fans. • Provides readers with summaries of the careers of all significant rock artists during a peak period in the music's history • Proposes a theory for understanding the development and history of rock music • Presents the necessary historical and socioeconomic context to help readers more fully understand how rock music developed as it did during its formative decade • Offers information in an easily searchable A–Z format accompanied by sidebars, a bibliography, and a timeline that serves students' research projects
In this lively and provocative synthesis, historian Glen Jeansonne explores the people events that shaped America in the 20th century. Comprehensive in scope, A Time of Paradox analyzes the political, diplomatic, social and cultural developments of the last century while focusing on the diverse and sometimes contradictory human experiences that characterized this dynamic period in American history.
Grounded in extensive historical research, this eye-opening survey reveals the long-undervalued role secret societies have played in American history. • Based on scholarly research, this book appeals to both academics and the general public • Sheds light on familiar figures from American history • Includes photographs
CHANGING TIMES: THE LIFE OF BARACK OBAMA examines his remarkable rise in the context of social, cultural, and political history. Changing Times is a comprehensive, cogently reasoned, and tightly written examination of a unique American life. The black experience forms one backdrop to the story told in Changing Times. Despite his complicated genealogy, Obama chose to seek out his African roots and has embraced the label of being black. Race and his ability to rise above the racial divide have been central to Obama's career, but not the sole aspects. In addition to his racial identity, Obama is the first presidential candidate of the demographic identified as “Late Boomers,” a generation t...
This fresh interpretation explains how an untutored musician changed music while at the same time playing an inadvertent role in the youth rebellion that has shaped the Baby Boomer generation into the 21st century. • Photographs • A bibliography
Glen Jeansonne and David Luhrssen vividly demonstrate how war movies have burned the images and impressions of two world wars, proxy wars, propaganda wars, and a "war on terror," among others onto the American psyche more concretely than has the reality of the wars themselves. War on the Silver Screen draws on more than a century of films and history, including classics such as All Quiet on the Western Front, Apocalypse Now, and The Hurt Locker to examine the legacy of American cinema on twentieth and twenty-first century attitudes about war.
In this lively and provocative synthesis, distinguished historian Glen Jeansonne explores the people and events that shaped America in the decades from 1890 through 1945. Comprehensive in scope, A Time of Paradox offers a balanced look at the political, diplomatic, social and cultural developments of the first half of the twentieth century, while focusing on the diverse and sometimes contradictory human experiences that characterized this dynamic era.