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"Denzin has gone on an exhaustive bar-crawl through hundreds of movies, returning with evidence that the film about drinking is a genre of its own. He writes from sound knowledge about alcoholism--which, unlike other diseases, is frequently viewed with bittersweet romanticism."
"Professor Denzin has produced a searching and provocative interpretation of more than a half-century of Hollywood's social and personal construction of the problem drinker in America. Readable by both lay persons and specialists, Denzin's book provides us with the most comprehensive understanding of this topic to date."
—Stanford M. Lyman, Robert J. Morrow Eminent Scholar in Social Science, Florida Atlantic University
"An eminent sociologist and leading authority on alcoholism, Denzin also writes skillfully about films as films and is comfortable with postmodern interpretive theoryàa genuinely interdisciplinary work of the first order."
—Robert L. Carringer, author, The Making of Citizen Kane
“Denzin is a sociologist whose specialty is alcoholism and who has an interest in social psychology. His treatment of the alcoholic in American movies is informed by theories of symbolic interactionism and deconstructionism… It will most likely appeal to sociologists and film critics because of its extensive references, filmography, and bibliography.”
—D. W. Hoover, Choice