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The Virginian-PilotA useful overview... [that] captures the technological, economic, and cultural sweep of an industry that influenced... what would become the Global Village.
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— Bill Ruehlmann
An extensive, readable... informative, well-written study... Recommended.
— Christopher H. Sterling
— Linda W. Hacker
— Robert Fyne
— Donald G. Godfrey
— James A. Cox
— Faye Woods
— Craig Allen
— Michael Kackman
— Jason Jacobs
A useful overview... [that] captures the technological, economic, and cultural sweep of an industry that influenced... what would become the Global Village.
A tour-de-force narrative of more than six decades of American television and its impact on U.S. society.... An important contribution.
An excellent addition to any undergraduate library and also a nice addition to public libraries.
A marvelous, detailed, and comprehensive narrative... This remarkable book, unquestionably one-of-a-kind, belongs in every reference library.
Positioned with the monumental works of Erik Barnouw, Asa Briggs, Christopher Sterling and John Kittross, Edgerton contributes a comprehensive study of American television's popular culture.... The Columbia History of American Television should be on the shelf of every television historian and popular culture scholar, as well as the non-specialist.
A seminal work of meticulous scholarship... Welcome and highly recommended.
Highly informative... eminently readable... Edgerton tells a compelling history of the medium. His book would work well as a primer for general readers, as well as for scholars (particularly international readers) wanting to gain an understanding of the history, forms, and economics of the U.S. television system as well as pointers for further research from his meticulous referencing.
[The book] is meticulous and inspired. Devoted to television, it is richly resourced, eloquently written, and nicely illustrated.
This book is best seen as an update of Erik Barnouw's widely read and concise history, Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television. Moving beyond Barnouw, Edgerton has attempted to craft a unified narrative that simultaneously engages some of the more fine-grained scholarship in the field.... A highly readable account of the development of a complex industry and cultural form.
A monumental and definitive account of American television.
Part I Going Public 1
1 An Idea Whose Time Had Come: Imagining Television-Before 1940 3
2 Not Going According to Plan: Remodeling the Tube in a Time of Crisis-1940-1947 60
3 Learning to Live with Television: Technology, Gender, and America's Early TV Audiences Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley 91
Part II Becoming National 111
4 Here Comes Television: Remarking American Life-1948-1954 113
5 The Halcyon Years: Beyond Anyone's Wildest Dream-1955-1963 156
6 Television and the Presidency: Eisenhower and Kennedy Mary Ann Watson 205
Part III Becoming International 235
7 A Great Awakening: Prime Time for Network Television-1964-1975 237
8 The Sky's the Limit: Satellites, Cable, and the Reinvention of Television-1976-1991 285
9 The Changing Face of Television: Turner Broadcasting System Jimmie L. Reeves Michael M. Epstein 323
Part IV Becoming Global 347
10 The Business of America Is Show Business: U.S. TV in Global Context-1992-Present 349
11 The Greatest Show on Earth: The Cosby Show and the Ascent of U.S. Sitcoms in the Global Television Marketplace Timothy J. Havens 390
12 Tune in Locally, Watch Globally: The Future of Television in the Age of the Internet 410
General Index 477
Television Programming Index 489