Cold War Culture: Media and the Arts, 1945-1990

Cold War Culture: Media and the Arts, 1945-1990

by Richard Alan Schwartz, Richard A Schwartz
     
 

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For more than 40 years, the Cold War defined our values and identity as Americans. Its influence pervaded every aspect of American life and can be seen clearly in popular culture, the arts, and literature. This easy-to-use reference chronicles the important themes, genres, and individuals that helped shape the Cold War era. More than simply a catalog, it illustrates…  See more details below

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For more than 40 years, the Cold War defined our values and identity as Americans. Its influence pervaded every aspect of American life and can be seen clearly in popular culture, the arts, and literature. This easy-to-use reference chronicles the important themes, genres, and individuals that helped shape the Cold War era. More than simply a catalog, it illustrates how social and cultural values are embodied, reproduced, and reinforced in both popular and "high" culture.

Topics include:

  • Books and writers: The Beat movement, spy novels, James Baldwin, Ayn Rand
  • Film: Dr. Strangelove, Walt Disney, Alfred Hitchcock, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, James Bond
  • Political events and social phenomena: Sputnik, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, bomb shelters, hippies
  • Television and radio: Quiz shows, sitcoms, Ed Sullivan, The Tonight Show, Father Knows Best
  • Theater, music, dance performance, sports, games, toys: Hair, Bob Dylan, Nadia Comaneci, The Crucible, GI Joe, and Barbie and more.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YA-A book that covers the various influences on American culture during the years 1945 to 1990. Schwartz organizes Cold War culture alphabetically within the following broad categories: art, cartoons, consumer goods, dance, film, games and toys, television and theater. Each of these categories has a broad general article as well as specific individual entries. For example, there is a long article on television that includes news, documentaries, dramas, debate shows, situation comedies, and more. Readers can then go to smaller entries on specific shows such as "Laugh-In." Those unfamiliar with the period must use the lengthier articles to access other material as the index is not comprehensive. Nonetheless, this reference source is easy to read and hard to put down as a browsing item. It will be particularly helpful to social-studies teachers looking to bring the era to life and those researching the Cold War.-Linda A. Vretos, West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA
Booknews
Begins the series with an encyclopedia citing movies, television, books, journalism, and other media artifacts and explaining how they influenced and were influenced by the east-west conflict they were produced and received during. Among the entries are Kurt Vonnegut's apocalyptic novel , exiled Cuban writer Roberto G. Fernandez, the film and television character Fu Manchu, the Australian science-fiction movie , and singer and film actor Paul Robeson. The articles for such broad topics as magazines and poets are several pages long; most are a page or less. Lightly illustrated. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Midwest Book Review
Praise for the hardcover edition: "...an important volume...reveals the lively personalities and events of the times."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816031047
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Series:
Cold War America Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 11.19(h) x 1.19(d)

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