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Invasion of the Mind Snatchers: Television's Conquest of America in the Fifties
     

Invasion of the Mind Snatchers: Television's Conquest of America in the Fifties

by Eric Burns
 

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"[A]n entertaining as well as informative book.... Burns provides sharp analysis, explaining just how the industry exercised unprecedented power over the average American’s thoughts about news events such as the McCarthy hearings, social changes such as civil rights protests, and the roles of women and African Americans. This well-researched book contains a nice combination of serious topics and humorous anecdotes, plus an insightful bibliography. VERDICT: Reading a work by Burns is like having a delightful, intelligent conversation with a cultural expert. Highly recommended for TV history enthusiasts as well as general readers."
—Library Journal

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Burns (The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol), a cultural historian, former TV journalist, and baby boomer, draws on his credentials to produce an entertaining as well as informative book. He begins with how television was first invented, then presents a chronological history of social events that affected its development in the 1950s. As TV invaded living rooms of millions of anxious American families, actors became unlikely heroes to awestruck viewers, dominating their leisure hours, taking advantage of their innocence, and influencing how consumers spent their extra money. Burns provides sharp analysis, explaining just how the industry exercised unprecedented power over the average American's thoughts about news events such as the McCarthy hearings, social changes such as civil rights protests, and the roles of women and African Americans. This well-researched book contains a nice combination of serious topics and humorous anecdotes, plus an insightful bibliography. VERDICT Reading a work by Burns is like having a delightful, intelligent conversation with a cultural expert. Highly recommended for TV history enthusiasts as well as general readers.—Richard A. Dickey, Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439902882
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 3.60(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Burns is a cultural historian and former television journalist. He was named by the Washington Journalism Review as one of the best writers in the history of broadcast journalism. His books include The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol, and The Smoke of the Gods: A Social History of Tobacco (both Temple), which were named the "Best of the Best" by the American Library Association. He is also the author of Broadcast Blues, The Joy of Books, and Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism.

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